Tamanna (transl. Desire) is a 1997 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Mahesh Bhatt. It stars Paresh Rawal, Pooja Bhatt, Sharad Kapoor and Manoj Bajpayee. The screenplay was written by Tanuja Chandra. The story was written by Tanuja Chandra and Mahesh Bhatt. It was produced by Pooja Bhatt.
The year is 1975, the place is Mahim, Bombay. This is the story of Tikku (Paresh Rawal), a transgender and the only child of yesteryear Bollywood actress Nazneen Begum. Begum has fallen upon hard times, is virtually destitute, and is dependent on Tikku, who does make-up/hair-dressing of Bollywood actresses. When she passes away, Tikku is beside himself with grief. After the funeral, he witnesses a woman leaving a child in a garbage bin. Tikku picks up the girl, longing for human company, decides to keep her, names her Tamanna, and brings her up on his own with the help of a close friend, Saleem (Manoj Bajpayee).
When she is old enough, he arranges for her education in St. Mary’s High School’s hostel. When she completes school, she returns home to find Tikku in the guise of a hijra and shuns him, but subsequently relents. Then Tikku finds out that Tamanna (Pooja Bhatt) is the daughter of Ranvir Chopra, an up-and-coming politician. He tells her, and she goes to their palatial house. Watch what impact this has on the Chopra family and the excuse they have for abandoning Tamanna.
Paresh Rawal as Tikku
Pooja Bhatt as Tamanna Chopra
Sharad Kapoor as Sajid Khan
Manoj Bajpayee as Saleem Khan
Kamal Chopra as Ranveer Chopra, Tamanna’s biological father
Abha Ranjan as Geeta Chopra, Tamanna’s biological mother
Ashutosh Rana as a contract killer
Akshay Anand as Jugal Chopra, Tamanna’s brother
Nadira as Nazneen Begum, Tikku’s mother
Zohra Sehgal as Ranveer Chopra’s mother
Sulabha Deshpande as Kaushalya, servant of the Chopra family
Anupam Shyam as Anjum, Tikku’s step-brother
Rita Bhaduri as Mother Superior (cameo)
Kunika as a movie actress, Tikku’s client (cameo)
Baby Ghazal as a Young Tamanna Chopra
Alia Bhatt as Baby Tamanna Chopra
Kunal Khemu as young Sajid
Shaheen Bhatt as Ashutosh Rana’s daughter