Desh Premee poster
|Directed by||Manmohan Desai|
|Produced by||Subhash Desai|
|Written by||Kader Khan
|Edited by||Mukhtar Ahmed|
|Release dates||23 April 1982|
|Running time||165 mins|
Desh Premee (English translation The Patriot) is a 1982 Hindi film directed by Manmohan Desai. The 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. This was the only film for which music director Laxmikant was also a playback singer for one song. The film became an "Average" at the box office because Amitabh Bachchan was the most popular actor of the time, however both critically and commercially, it failed to re-create the magic of previous Amitabh-Manmohan Desai films.
Master Dinanth (Amitabh Bachchan) is a freedom fighter and participated in the war against the British in 1942 and independence was eventually won in 1947. But after independence, the people's love for their country seems to be diminishing and they are too busy betraying it like ex British landlord Thakur Pratab Singh (Amjad Khan). Master Dinanth 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 Master Dinnanth's wife Bharati (Sharmila Tagore) and daughter Priti (Parveen Babi) kidnapped by Thakur's partner in crime Sher Singh (Kader Khan) to try to change his ways but to no avail. 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. His wife becomes a victim of leprosy and escapes from Sher Singh, leaving her daughter Priti in a friend's care. Masterji is informed that his wife and daughter could be dead as they find a necklace of hers near the train tracks. Masterji is devastated by his wife and daughter's loss and he and his son move on with their life.
They settle into 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 and once they settle their differences the four underworld dons use the Masterji's stay in Bharat Nagar to cover up their own illegal activities.
15 years later, Masterji's now grown-up son Raju (again played by Amitabh Bachchan) turns out to be the opposite of his father. He starts working for Thakur Pratab Singh unaware that Thakur had once kidnapped his mother and sister. Will Raju find out what Thakur did to his family? Will Master Dinanath find out his son is not who he thinks he is? and will Master ever find his wife and daughter again?
- Amitabh Bachchan .... Dual role (Master Dinanath / Raju)
- Hema Malini .... Asha
- Parveen Babi .... Dr. Priti (Master's Daughter)
- Shammi Kapoor .... Shamsher Singh
- Sharmila Tagore .... Bharati (Master's Wife)
- Navin Nischol .... Inspector Deepak Singh (Thakur Pratab Singh's Son)
- Premnath .... Puthu Anna
- Uttam Kumar .... Ghosh Babu
- Parikshat Sahni ... . Ghulam Ali
- Amjad Khan .... Thakur Pratap Singh
- Kader Khan .... Sher Singh
The song of Mohammad Rafi Mere Desh Premiyon was last song of him in Manmohan Desai's film. Manmohan Desai and Mohammed Rafi, with Laxmikant Pyarelal music, created a magical era of music in Bollywood movies. Shammi Kapoor acted in a supporting role in the movie and had no song. Two songs of Kishore Kumar and One song of Mohd Rafi was pictured on Amitabh Bachchan. The song of Kishore Kumar 'Khatoon Ki Khidmat Mein' was influenced by Mohammed Rafi's 'Hum Kale To Kya Hua Dilwale Hain' from film Gumnaam. For this song, Amitabh Bachchan also dressed and acted like Mahmood, on whom that song was picturized. Laxmikant sang 'Gore Nahin Hum Kaale Sahi', a duet with Asha Bhosle, and his voice was used on both Amitabh Bachchan and Prem Chopra for the song. Asha Bhosle sung for Hema Malini. Navin Nichol was the supporting actor, and also had one song, and Amit Kumar sang for him, a duet with Kishore Kumar 'Ja Jaldi Bhaag Ja'. The music of the movie was fairly popular.
Mohd Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Amit Kumar, Laxmikant and Pyarelal, Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar
|1||"Jaoji Jao"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|2||"Mere Deshpremiyo"||Mohammed Rafi|
|3||"O Bekhabar Bedardi"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|4||"Gore Nahi Hum Kale Sahi"||Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Asha Bhosle|
|5||"Khatoon Ki Khidmat Mein"||Kishore Kumar|
|6||"Ja Jaldi Bhaag Ja"||Kishore Kumar, Amit Kumar|