Desh Premee (1982)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 0 mins

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This patriotic drama revolves around the trials in the life of a freedom fighter, Master Dinanth (Amitabh Bachchan), and struggles and sacrifices he and his family are forced to make, due to his unswerving ethics and love for the country. After India won independence in 1947, the country began to fall into corruption and discriminatory social practices between castes and economic strata. Masterji finds a prime example in Thakur Pratab Singh (Amjad Khan). He finds out about Thakur Pratab Singh's illegal activities such as smuggling of weapons and ammunition and gets him arrested. In revenge for putting him in prison, Pratab Singh gets Masterji's wife, Bharati (Sharmila Tagore) and daughter, Priti (Parveen Babi) kidnapped. Thakur also provokes an attack on Masterji's home by the local villagers who accuse Dinanath of betraying his country and he is forced to flee his home with his young son Raju. Presuming his wife and daughter to be dead, Masterji and Raju settle down in a slum called Bharat Nagar, which is divided in 4 sections with a don in each one of different backgrounds: Punjabi (Shammi Kapoor), Madrasi (Premnath). Bengali (Uttam Kumar) and Muslim (Parikshat Sahni). All of them love their own section, but nobody thinks of themselves as Indian, except Masterji. Masterji sets out trying to bring peace between the four dons. Will he succeed in creating harmony and peace in the slum? Growing up in this violent and crime-infested environment, how will Raju turn out as an adult? Will circumstances emerge for Raju to come face to face with his family's past and Thakur Pratab Singh once more? What will Masterji learn about Raju and the life of his wife and daughter?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini

Crew: Manmohan Desai (Director), Peter Pereira (Director of Photography), Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar (Music Director), Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Thriller

Release Dates: 23 Apr 1982 (India)

Hindi Name: देश प्रेमी

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Did you know? Shatrughan Sinha was the original choice for the role of a Inspector Deepak Verma. Read More
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as Master Dinanath / Raju
as Asha
as Thakur Pratap Singh
as Geeta Kak
as Gurbachchan
as Sher Singh
as Young Raju
as Inspector Deepak Singh
as Ghulam Ali
as Don
as Shamsher Singh
as Bharati
as Parunto Ghosh






Screenplay Writer
Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Art Director




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Feature Film
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One of the songs in this movie 'Khatoon Ki Khidmat Mein' (sung by Kishore Kumar), was influenced by Mohammed Rafi's 'Hum Kale To Kya Hua Dilwale Hain' from the movie Gumnaam (1965). In tribute, Amitabh Bachchan dressed and acted like Mahmood for the song, as the original was picturized on him.

The song 'Mere Desh Premiyon' from this movie, was last song performed by Mohammad Rafi in any of Manmohan Desai's movies.

This was the only film for which music director Laxmikant sang one song for; it was 'Gore Nahin Hum Kaale Sahi', a duet with Asha Bhosle.

This film is dedicated to the memory of Mohammed Rafi who sang the film's title song and actor Uttam Kumar, both of whom died two years before the film was released.

Shatrughan Sinha was the original choice for the role of a Inspector Deepak Verma.

"Uttam Kumar" died during filming this movie, his remaining scenes were carried out by Amitabh Bachchan's hairdresser.

Another film Vinod Khanna refused due to his decision to quit the film industry. The role eventually went to Navin Nischol.

Shivaji Ganesan was first signed for Prem Nath's role.

Mohammed Rafi who passed away in 1980, sung the title song of the film.

Amitabh pays a tribute to Mehbood in the song Kaaton Ki Kidmat.