Nagina (1986)

November 28, 2007 at 9:39 pm 21 comments

Name: Nagina (Snake)

Starring: Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor, Sushma Seth, Amrish Puri, Jagdeep, Prem Chopra & Komal Mahuvakar.

Director: Harmesh Malhotra

Language: Hindi

Did I watch this recently? Yes


Rajeev (Rishi Kapoor) returns from his studies abroad and his mother, Rani Maa (Sushma Seth) and their estate manager, Thakur (Prem Chopra) are overjoyed. Thakur hopes that Rajeev will get married to Thakur’s daughter, Vijaya (Komal). Rani Maa has no objection to the match. Life seems to be moving along peacefully, when fate takes a hand. While wandering through a ruined part of his ancestral mansion, Rajeev almost tramples on a snake. A few days later, Rajeev who’s now strangely drawn towards the old mansion and keeps visiting it, meets a mysterious girl, Rajani (Sridevi). Rajeev finds that he is becoming obsessed with thoughts of Rajani. Who is Rajani and what is the future of Rajeev’s and Rajani’s future?


Nagina is a rare product from the 80s. The Bollywood movies from the 1980s tended to have a lot of either violent romantic/tragic storylines or just violent action storylines. Nagina is set apart from its counterparts by the fact it is neither action nor romance driven. Nagina relies on neither romance nor action to drive its story – it instead relies on mystery. In fact I would draw strong parallels with Nagina and Gulzar’s Lekin (1990), but imagine a more enjoyable and less serious mystery movie.

The central draw for Nagina is the mystery the movie produces. However Nagina is not totally immune to bad elements of 80s films. It has your normal over the top acting, expectedly bad sound FXs but oh how I loved the songs! I especially LOVED Sridevi & Rishi in ‘Balma Tum Balma Ho’ where Sridevi performs her snake dancing! It’s a song that was fun and catchy to watch. I must admit i did like all the songs in the movie. Luckily though the choreography does not suffer from the 80s.
Ok so the biggest downfall for this movie could be the absolutely ludicrous storyline! A snake woman? By the end of the movie the story had reached ridiculous heights of absurdity. But its strange – i didn’t care! I totally enjoyed it and if you suspend your belief you might get sucked into the movie like I did. Another downside is it is quite slow at first, which may deter people from watching the rest but it picks up at the hour mark.

So no I would not say the ridiculous storyline is the biggest downfall of Nagina. At first it was the painfully bad and dragging comedy provided by Jagdeep, which i disliked most about the film. Thank goodness it eases up by later on in the movie. Also to provide some relief from the bad intentional comedy, is the action scenes in the movie. They are so unintentionally laugh out loud funny! But they are harmless enough and don’t affect how i feel about this film – i chalk it up to Nagina being ‘a product of its time’. But they are quite funny to watch. Especially Amrish Puri’s over the top snake charmer character. He does some hilarious close ups. But I think overall the biggest let down of Nagina was its very rushed and poorly executed ending.

One thing I can say about Nagina – is I finally get the fuss about Sridevi! Sridevi provides her character ‘Rajni’ with the necessary ethereal and mysterious qualities that her character needs to posses. I must say that Sridevi’s character in this is my favourite so far. I’ve seen her in Chandni, Mr India, Chaand Ka Tukdaa (awful!) & and although i’ve never hated her, i never saw what the big deal with her was about. Often her characters were hyper or too weak for my liking. Nagina at least has helped me to look forward to seeing more of her films, she definitely made an impression on me in this film. Even though i wouldn’t say this movie is great for advancing anyones acting careers!

I have less impressive things to say about Rishi Kapoor. Although he is not awful in the movie, he doesn’t add to the movie at all providing viewers with a largely adequate acting job. His greatest strength in the movie is his chemistry and interactions with Sridevi. The pair are most known for their Yash Copra classic ‘Chandni’ (1989). But of course 3 years before Chandni there was Nagina. I think the chemistry between Rishi & Sridevi is just as good in Chandni as it is in Nagina, also on the positive side Rishi’s character is much less annoying and does not have epileptic fit inducing sweaters like in Chandni.

Overall Score: 3.5/5 Hairy Anil Kapoors – Overall its a totally ridiculous film, thats all about Sridevi and that is just fun to watch. So switch off your brains and hopefully you will enjoy watching Bollywood’s snake movie!

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21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sitaji  |  March 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    This looks irresistable! Thanks for the tip. I’ve added it to my netflix queue.

  • 2. ohhan  |  March 11, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    nagina love tu

  • […] should have seen  Nagina (1986) first, which is reviewed very well here at the Bolly Blog, but what arrived in the mail was Nigahen: Nagina Part II (1989).  This crazy […]

  • 4. sitaji  |  March 15, 2008 at 5:43 am

    OK, well I got the wrong film, Nigahen: Nagina part II. I linked this nice review over to my blog. I still will see Nagina though! I liked how Sridevi again plays her own daughter, just like she does in Lamhe.

  • 5. Naag Raj (The dead but not forgotten snake)  |  April 23, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Whoever wrote the synopis for this is either a gay, retarded and mentally unstable… or just plain STUPID!!!!!!


  • 6. Naag Rag (The dead but not forgotten snake)  |  April 23, 2008 at 11:12 am

    This movie is a classic. Im sick of your whinning.
    Grow up, and learn to read and research properly, kid!!!

  • 7. dw007  |  April 23, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Got the synopsis from IMDB.

    Can i please ask what has researching and reading got to do with the review?

    Please state reasons for your comments. If you haven’t noticed i wrote i enjoyed the film.

  • 8. Hema  |  April 27, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Fantastic movie! This is one of my all time favorite Sridevi films! She was so extremely beautiful and so creative, both with her dancing and acting. In her dance sequences, she portrayed extreme rage and anger towards the enemies, and the end result was/is a mind-blower. She is the most beautiful nagin of all the nagins before and after her.
    Rishi Kapoor was at his handsome and absolutely cute self, which is one of the reasons why I adore, love and respect this man and will continue to do so.
    Both Sri and Rishi are part of my top list! True entertainers!

  • 9. manuel  |  May 13, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    ich finde du bist echt eine kobra´und ich und mein schwester tanzen dier immer nach

  • 10. erdem  |  May 21, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    seni çok seviyorum

  • 11. charu khan  |  May 26, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    badi bekar film hai. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • 12. ines  |  July 26, 2008 at 11:16 am

    hi no hablo ingles pero creo ke alguien puede ayudarme nesesito la pelicula de rishi kapoor con nagina pero en esa pelicula nagina viene con su marido y tienen un enemigo ke se llama akudi kapoor suele estar enamorado de una chica y nagina suele ayudarle a casarse con ella la verdad es ke no conosco el titulo pero si alguein tiene alguna idea ke me escriba a este correo se lo agradecere por fa os escriibe una super fans de las peliculas indias

  • 13. saly diallo  |  August 1, 2008 at 12:33 am

    slt je m’appelle salimata diallo je suis senegaloguinéenne j’adore ce film et je l’adore réellement malgré qu’il est vieille et je vous aime les acteurs et lesactrices surtout sri je l’aime
    je vis au senegal,à dakar qui est la capital à bientot.
    merci et je serais heureuse de reçevoir votre réponse .

  • 14. allahrakhi  |  August 6, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    im 12 i love Nagina movie it is cool i like Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor
    and Amrish Puri in Nagina movie

  • 15. Priyanka  |  August 8, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Very Good actress which plays a better role in the movie

  • 16. valentina  |  August 11, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Hy everyone.
    I saw this movie when i was like 7 years old.
    could never stop watching it. i love it nextto the movie ANMOL.

    do u have any idea how i can buy that movie beacuse my little brother taped over the old one…
    i really wanna get a hold of it again..



  • 17. diana  |  August 12, 2008 at 12:28 am

    wow du bist voll die bombe icvh sag nur wowwww mashala

  • 18. ceylan  |  August 12, 2008 at 12:31 am

    wow ich sehee zum ersten mal so ne schöne frau wie duuu woww du bist zu hübsch cao deinee ceylan bleib so hübsch wie du bist hehee

  • 19. saif from iraq  |  August 15, 2008 at 3:09 am

    that movie is great in this live that is best of indian films , by maharaj Bhairovanath AMRISH PURI has a nice drama and good voice he is great actor in this movie i love the nagina movie the first time when i seen it 19 years ago and iam stell do it , because good drama and great actores and nice music and danceing .

  • 20. Modinat Damilola Adeoye  |  November 28, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I Luv Sridevi So Much, I just Dnt Knw, I Luu To The Extent That I Learnt All Step In That Movie

  • 21. Modinat Damilola Adeoye  |  November 28, 2014 at 8:50 am

    (“I Will Not Stop Loving Her “)

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