Zakhm is a 1998 Indian Hindi drama film
produced by Mukesh Bhatt for Pooja Bhatt Productions and directed by Mahesh
Bhatt. The lead roles are played by Ajay Devgan, Pooja Bhatt, Sonali Bendre,
Kunal Khemu and Nagarjuna, with music composed by M. M. Keeravani.The film
won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
Music director Ajay (Ajay Devgan) argues
with his wife, Sonia (Sonali Bendre) over whether to give birth to their
child in a foreign country or in India (because of the insecurity caused by
the Mumbai riots).
Ajay soon learns that his mother (Pooja
Bhatt) has been burned by a group of Muslim rioters while leaving a temple
and is in critical condition. In flashback, the struggles which his mother
had to undergo to raise her children are shown. She was in love with a Hindu
film producer Raman Desai (Nagarjuna) but was not allowed to marry him on
account of her Muslim faith. He marries her but does not document or
acknowledge their marriage as it was done without any traditional upholdings.
The fact that she had children with a Hindu man forces her to hide her faith
and live her life as a Hindu, even in front of her son.
After his father's death, Ajay realises his
mother is a Muslim. She makes him promise to bury her according to her faith
when she dies, for it is only through a proper burial that she will be able
to find herself reunited with her lover in heaven. Ajay's mother succumbs to
the burns. Sonia learns about her mother-in-law's past life and decides not
to leave Ajay. She stands by him and supports his decision to bury his
mother. However, Ajay's task is impeded by a fundamentalist leader Subodhbhai
(Ashutosh Rana) wanted to make this a political issue and encouraged the
Hindu youth to kill Muslims. Anand (Akshay Anand) happens to be a youth
leader and Ajay's brother. But when Anand comes to know about Subodhbhai's
intentions, he stands by his brother's side to bury his mom as per Muslim
faith. Her body is buried as she wished, and she reunites with Raman in