Karz (1980)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 39 mins

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Rebirth story with echoes of Bimal Roy’s Madhumati (1958). The day after his wedding, Ravi Varma (Kiran) is killed by his calculating wife Kamini (Garewal) on instructions from Sir Judas. Years later a rock singer, Monty (Rishi Kapoor), who is in love with Tina (Munim), is haunted by images of a woman killing a man. Eventually realising himself to be Varma’s reincarnation, he takes belated revenge on Kamini, now the queen of Ooty. The film had the electronic rock-music- inspired hit Om Shanti Om, performed on a stage resembling a giant gramophone record.
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Did you know? Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om had some elements of the film and also paid a tribute to it at the start of the film. Read More
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as Ravi Verma
as Monty
as Kamini
as Tina
Special Appearance
as Jyoti Verma
as Daayen
as Mrs Shanta Prasad Verma
as Dr Daniel
as Dr Dayal
as Sir Judah's right-hand man
as GG Oberoi
as Sir Judah
as Baayen


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Just before the famous 'Om Shanti Om' song starts, the banner on stage reads as 'HMV Diamond Jubilee Celebration'. And then in the next shot, the banner above the audience reads as 'Golden Jubilee Celebration'.
It went on to inspire several other Indian remakes, notably Yuga Purusha (1989) in Kannada, Enakkul Oruvan (1984) in Tamil, Atmabhalam (1985) in Telugu.

Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om had some elements of the film and also paid a tribute to it at the start of the film.

In 2008 a there was a remake of the film with the same name which became a box office disaster as there was no proper casting of lead actors.

The classical tune was played many a times in the film so Subash Ghai and Laxmikanth Pyarelal decided to compose a song on it and gave lyricist Anand Bakshi the situation and song Ek Haseena Thi was composed.

The film was inspired from Hollywood film The Reincarnation of Peter Proud 1975.

The track of Sir Juda played by Premnath was added later to the film as those days female actress were not seen in the role of antagonist.

Laxmikanth Pyarelal won the Flimfare best music director award for the film.

The songs of the film inspired several film titles, notably Paisa Yeh Paisa (1985), Main Solah Baras Ki (1998), Ek Hasina Thi (2004), Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2006) and Om Shanti Om (2007), which was seen as light-hearted tribute to the film, as it borrowed many elements from it.

Subash Ghai launched his production banner Mukta arts on October 24 1978 and launched his first film as Karz.

The classical tune of the film was inspired from George Benson's We as love.