Parinda is a 1989 crime drama film co-written, produced and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film stars Nana Patekar, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit in the lead roles, with Suresh Oberoi and Tom Alter in supporting roles. Anupam Kher makes a special appearance in the film. Chopra wrote its story and scenario, while Shiv Kumar Subramaniam wrote the screenplay. Dialogue was written by Imtiyaz Husain. R. D. Burman composed the music and Khurshid Hallauri wrote the lyrics. Binod Pradhan served as the film’s cinematographer and Renu Saluja was its editor.
Parinda follows Kishan (Shroff), who works for the underworld don Anna (Patekar). Kishan’s brother Karan (Kapoor) returns home from the United States after completing his studies. Anna’s men kill Karan’s friend Prakash (Kher) in front of Karan; the two brothers are then caught on different sides of morality when Karan decides to murder Anna.
Chopra conceived the film after his low-budget suspense thriller Khamosh (1985) failed to find a distributor for a theatrical release. This motivated Chopra to make a more mainstream film with well-known actors, and he wrote a new story about two brothers. Parinda received critical acclaim when released. It is considered by many to be the turning point in the introduction of realism in Hindi cinema. Parinda also won two National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards, and was India’s official selection for the 1990 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but it was not nominated. In 2015, Chopra remade Parinda as a Hollywood film titled Broken Horses.