Laawaris (1981)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 11 mins

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This hard-hitting and gritty tale follows the twists and turns in the life of Heera, a defiant young boy, who named himself after a stray dog. Left in the care of an alcoholic Gangu Ganpat (Shreeram Lagoo), the young Heera is made to work hard for his "caregiver's" alcohol requirements. When Heera finds out that he is an orphan born out of an illegitimate relationship, and abandoned by his "parents", he leaves Gangu and finds work with Mahendar Singh (Ranjeet). He grows into a brazen young man, fearless and fiery and even falls in love with Mohini (Zeenat Aman), who will not have anything to do with him due to his lack of ancestry. Heera is now determined to find out who his parents are, and the only one who can help him is the elusive, alcohol-induced and incoherent Gangu Ganpat. Will fate ever bring Heera and his biological father together? Will they ever know about their blood ties? How will events unfold if and when Heera comes to know of his ancestry; will Mohini accept him?

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman

Crew: Prakash Mehra (Director), N Satyen (Director of Photography), Anandji Virji Shah (Music Director), Kalyanji Virji Shah (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, Musical

Release Dates: 22 May 1981 (India)

Hindi Name: लावारिस

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Did you know? Parveen Babi was first signed for Zeenat Aman's role. Read More
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as Heera
as Mohini
as Ranvir Singh
as Phuga
as Madhu Singh
as Mohini's Grandmother
as Mrs. Kailash Nath
as Padma
as Dr. Goel
as Channo Singh
as Vidya
as Kailash Nath
as Gangu Ganpat
as Ram Singh
Supporting Actor
as Beggar
as Mukadam

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
Music Label: Saregama India Limited
01 
03:18
02 
05:17
04 
06:12
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08:02
06 
05:18
Lyricist: Lalji Pandey
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
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05:07
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04:17
Goofs:
Continuity
In the famous dog scene where Amitabh feeds the dog a hot chili, Zeenat Aman enters the restaurant with 2 unexplained mark blemishes on her face. Possibly from a previously edited out scene in the movie. As the scene progresses into a song, Zeenat's blemish mysteriously disappears.
Trivia:
This movie was remade in Telugu under the title Naa Desam (1982), starring NTR, Kaikala Satyanarayana and Jayasudha, and in Tamil as Panakkaran (1990), starring Rajinikanth, Vijayakumar and Gouthami. It is noteworthy that all versions of this movie have been immensely successful.

Parveen Babi was first signed for Zeenat Aman's role.

One of the biggest highlights of this movie turned out to be the song Mere Angane Mein, a old Indian folk song that first appeared in the 1970 film Bombay Talkies. This song is rendered twice in this movie: the first time by a young Alka Yagnik who earned her first Filmfare nomination as best female playback singer, and the second time by Amitabh Bachchan. The second version turned out to be a phenomenal and enduring success, especially due to Amitabh's performance in drag attire.
Movie Connection(s):
Remade as: Naa Desam (Telugu)