|Directed by||Raj Tilak|
|Music by||Sapan Chakraborty|
36 Ghante is a 1974 Hindi film directed by Raj Tilak. The film stars Raaj Kumar, Mala Sinha, Sunil Dutt, Vijay Arora, Ranjeet, Danny Denzongpa, Parveen Babi, Iftekhar, and Deven Verma. The film's music is by Sapan Chakraborty. It is a remake of the American film The Desperate Hours, which was adapted from Joseph Hayes' novel.
Three hardcore criminals escape from a jail by overpowering the guards and snatching their guns. Once out in the street, they first snatch a car from a man passing that way, and then steal clothes from three other passers-by, and get themselves dressed in the same. Then they forcibly enter into a newspaper editor's house, taking him and his family hostage. After many incidents they finally get killed one-by-one.
Three jailed convicts Himmat, his brother Ajit, and Dilawar Khan break out of prison and take over the household of Editor Ashok Rai. Held hostage against their will are Ashok Rai, his wife Deepa Rai, son, Rajoo and gorgeous sister Naina. The convicts will continue to hold the family hostage until their associate, Kamini contacts them in person. The police investigation into their escape is being coordinated by Inspector R.D. Wadekar, who have absolutely no clue of the whereabouts of the convicts.
- Raaj Kumar as Editor Ashok Rai
- Mala Sinha as Deepa Rai
- Sunil Dutt as Himmat
- Vijay Arora as Vijay
- Parveen Babi as Naina Rai
- Urmila Bhatt as Vijay's mom
- Danny Denzongpa as Dilawar Khan
- Ramesh Deo as Inspector R.D. Wadekar
- Iftekhar as Vijay's dad
- Jankidas as Jankidas
- Ranjeet as Ajit
- Sonia Sahni as Kamini
- Surendranath as Ajit and Himmat's stepfather
- Deven Verma as Kirpal Singh
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