Lakshya (film)


Poster of Lakshya
Directed by Farhan Akhtar
Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani
Written by Javed Akhtar
Karan Kashyap
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Hrithik Roshan
Preity Zinta
Boman Irani
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography Christopher Popp
Editing by Anand Subaya
Distributed by Excel Entertainment
Release date(s) 18 June 2004
Running time 187 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
IMDb profile

Lakshya (also known as Objective) is a 2004 Bollywood film directed by Farhan Akhtar. It stars Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Amitabh Bachchan, Om Puri and Boman Irani. Roshan plays the role of Lieutenant (later Acting Captain) Karan Shergill, who leads his team {which was initially of 12 and later went down to 6} to victory over the terrorists. It is a fictional story based on the historical events of the 1999 Kargil Conflict.


Karan Shergil (Roshan) is a young man who has no actual goal in mind or plans for his future. He represents those urban youth in modern India, who have money but little ambition or purpose in their lives. His father is a businessman; his brother is a successful individual living in America, but Karan is drifting along. His girlfriend, Romi (Zinta), a student activist and reporter who espouses fashionable causes out of wellmeaning sincerity, tells him he needs to find a goal in life. When a friend announces he is going to join the Army, Karan applies for the Indian Military Academy as well, and enrolls in the Indian Military Academy despite dissent from his parents.

Karan's first days at the IMA are a disaster. Because he is indisciplined and unused to a spartan existence, he keeps getting into trouble at the academy. Upset, he leaves the academy without permission, sneaking over the wall at Last Post. However, the girl he has been pursuing, Romi, breaks off their relationship because he quit even this attempt at being an adult. His father also expresses displeasure at his action, despite his mother urging him to join the family business. Karan finally comes to terms with his situation and decides to face his demons. He returns to the IMA, takes his punishment, and becomes a focused, disciplined cadet leader, graduating as a cadet officer.

Lt. Karan (the starting rank for all new commissioned officers in the Indian Army) is posted to the 3rd Battalion of the Punjab Regiment, commanded by Col. Sunil Damle (Amitabh Bachchan), and handles his responsibilities well. From an immature teenager to a mature officer, he finally decides the essence of his life or his goal - 'Lakshya'. His Lakshya is now his unit's target - a mountain peak - known to have been recently invaded by the Pakistani Army.

The movie depicts Karan's transformation- it shows how the Army, and its disciplined, selfless and spartan existence moulds an impressionable young individual accustomed to a hedonistic lifestyle, into a mature human being who can think and act for himself.


  • Amitabh Bachchan ... Col. Sunil Damle
  • Hrithik Roshan ... Lt. Karan Shergill
  • Preity Zinta ... Romila Dutta
  • Om Puri ... Subedar Major Pritam Singh
  • Sharad Kapoor ... Major Binod Sengupta
  • Rajendranath Zutshi ... Maj. Kaushal Verma
  • Sushant Singh ... Capt. Jalal Akbar
  • Boman Irani ... Mr. Shergill (Father of Karan)
  • Parmeet Sethi ... Major Shahbaaz Humdani (Pakistan Army)


  • Director: Farhan Akhtar
  • producer: Ritesh Sidhwani
  • Editor: Anand Subaya
  • Screenplay: Javed Akhtar
  • Sound: Nakul Kamte
  • Costumes: Arjun Bhasin
  • Hairstylist: Adhuna Akhtar
  • Art Direction: Sonal Sawant, Sunil Babu and Suzzanne Merwanji
  • Action: Shyam Kaushal
  • Choreography: Bosco, Prabhu Deva and Vaibhavi Merchant
  • Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
  • Lyrics: Javed Akhtar



Studio album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
April 24, 2007 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Sony Music
Producer Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
Kyun! Ho Gaya Na

The soundtrack and background score was composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and lyrics were written by Javed Akhtar.

Song Singer(s) Duration
Main Aisa Kyun Hoon Shaan 4.34
Agar Main Kahoon Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 4.52
Kitni Baatein Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam 5.47
Lakshya Shankar Mahadevan 6.15
Kandhon Se Milte Hain Kandhe Kunal Ganjawala, Sonu Nigam, Roop Kumar Rathod, Vijay Prakash, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan 5.40
Separation Instrumental 2.29
Kitni Baatein (Reprise) Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam 4.11
Victory Instrumental 3.20

2004 Filmfare Awards


  • Best Actor - Hrithik Roshan
  • Best Director - Farhan Akhtar
  • Best Choreography - Prabhu Deva
  • Best Story - Javed Akhtar
  • Best Cinematographer - Christopher Popp


  • Best Cinematographer - Christopher Popp
  • Best Choreography - Prabhu Deva Sundaram