Produced by Harmesh Malhotra and Inder Raj Malhotra, Nagina a film depicting the story of a nag is a 1986 Fantasy/Romance film directed by Harmesh Malhotra himself starring Rishi Kapoor, Sridevi and Amrish Puri in the lead of the film, written by Jagmohan Kapoor, Ravi Kapoor, Achala Nagar.Laxmikant Pyarelal composes the wonderful music with lyrics by Anand Bakshi.
Rajiv comes from a very wealthy family, and lives in a palatial home with his mother, who would like him to get married to a beautiful young woman named Vijaya Singh, the only daughter of Thakur Ajay Singh. But Rajiv is in love with a woman named Rajni, who is an orphan and has no family background. When Rajiv mentions this to his mother, she opposes this marriage, but relents when she meets with Rajni and sees that she is a indeed a beautiful woman.
Both get married and live harmoniously for quite some time – until the arrival of Bhairo Nath a religious man, who is capable of controlling snakes. He informs Rajiv’s mom that the woman, Rajni, is a shape-shifting venomous snake who has married Rajiv to avenge the death of her spouse years ago when Rajiv was a child. What Rajiv’s mom does not know that Bhairavnath has a secret agenda in entrapping Rajni, a secret – the knowledge of which will shatter and change their lives forever. This movie to be followed by a sequel called “Nigahen: Nagina Part II”.Though the movie has its own flaws, ‘Nagina’ is a gem from the 1980’s commercial Hindi cinema.