Namak Haram (1973)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 49 mins

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This action-oriented romantic drama focuses on two friends (Somu and Vicky) and how Somu tries to infiltrate the trade union of his friends. Somnath (Somu) lives in a shanty house in a Delhi slum with his widowed mother, and unmarried sister, Sarla. He is friendly with Calcutta-based business magnate Vikram (Vicky) Maharaj. When Vicky's dad, Damodar, has a heart attack and is advised to take bed-rest for two months, Vicky fills in his father's shoes, has a confrontation with a senior employee and union leader, Bipinlal Pandey, which results in a strike. His father intervenes, asks Vicky to apologize to Bipinlal, which Vicky does, and everything returns to normal. Vicky confides about his humiliation with Somu, and both conspire to teach Bipinlal a lesson. As a result, Somu accompanies Vicky to Calcutta, gets a job as a laborer in his mill, befriends his fellow-workers, gets some monetary relief to injured workers, amongst other benefits, is elected as the union leader replacing Bipinlal. With Somu as the union leader and Vicky as the boss there is no stopping these two - until Damodar finds out and decides to put a stop to Vicky being influenced by Somu's middle-class ideas and ideals. Damodar starts a chain of events that get out of control, events that may well see the death of one of the friends at the hands of the other. Will Vicky's and Somu's friendship see them through or will it also be a casualty in the war between the wealthy owners and their hard-working employees?

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Rekha Ganesan

Crew: Hrishikesh Mukherjee (Director), Jaywant Pathare (Director of Photography), Rahul Dev Burman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 19 Nov 1973 (India)

Hindi Name: नमक हराम

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Did you know? When Vicky Maharaj (Amitabh Bachchan) first shows up, he mentions that he is wearing two watches. In real life, Amitabh Bachchan is very fond of various wristwatches and sometimes wears more than one at a time. Read More
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as Vikram
as Somnath
as Shyama
as Bipinlal Pandey
as Somu's Mother
as Dhondu
as Habiba
as Damodar Maharaj
as Alam

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Black & White
Sound Mix:
Mono
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
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03:29
Music Director: Rahul Dev Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
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03:36
Music Director: Rahul Dev Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
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05:20
Music Director: Rahul Dev Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
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02:58
Music Director: Rahul Dev Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Kazi Arindam
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01:29
Music Director: Rahul Dev Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Rahul Dev Burman
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03:30
Music Director: Rahul Dev Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
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02:56
Music Director: Rahul Dev Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
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05:21
Music Director: Rahul Dev Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
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02:37
Trivia:
This was the second Hrishikesh film with Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh after Anand, and both movies were immensely successful.

For his exemplary performance in this movie, Rajesh Khanna received his third BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) in 1974.

This movie was inspired from Becket (1964), the British-American dramatic film adaptation of the play Becket or the Honour of God by Jean Anouilh.

This movie was remade in Tamil under the title, Unakkaga Naan with Sivaji Ganesan playing the lead role.

When Vicky Maharaj (Amitabh Bachchan) first shows up, he mentions that he is wearing two watches. In real life, Amitabh Bachchan is very fond of various wristwatches and sometimes wears more than one at a time.
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