Lawaaris (1981 film)

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Laawaris
Laawaris 1981.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Prakash Mehra
Produced by Prakash Mehra
Written by Shashi Bhushan
Kader Khan
Prakash Mehra
Din Dayal Sharma
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Zeenat Aman
Amjad Khan
Suresh Oberoi
Bindu
Raakhee
Om Prakash
Ranjeet
Ram Sethi
Music by Kalyanji-Anandji
Cinematography N. Satyen
Release dates 22 May 1981 (1981-05-22)
Running time 189 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Laawaris (Hindi: लावारिस, English: Orphan or Bastard) is a blockbuster Bollywood drama film released in 1981 directed by Prakash Mehra. The film became known for its hit song "Mere Angene Mein, Tumhara Kya Kaam Hai" rendered twice: 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 mega hit especially due to Amitabh's performance in drag wear. The lyrics of the song were funny and gives tribute to all kinds of wives be they fat, tall, dark skinned or fair skinned. Even until today the song is popular among audiences. Laawaris starred Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan, Zeenat Aman and Raakhee. In Urdu, "Laawaris" means bastard or loosely means orphan. Although the word has a negative connotation, it is not as negative as the English connotation. The story revolves around an orphan who stumbles over reality in search for his parents.

The film was an 'All Time Highest Earner' that year, got highest verdict present at that time by Trade Guide[Bollywood boxoffice magazine], and was among those rare movies, which crossed 2 Crore per territory.[1] There was only 13 All time earner[Crossed 1 Crore per territory] movies till 1984 and Laawaris was among them.[2]

It earned additional Filmfare nominations for Best Actor (Amitabh Bachchan) and Best Supporting Actor (Suresh Oberoi).[3]

Synopsis[edit]

A child born of an illegitimate relationship is named Heera after the name of a dog by a drunkard who makes him work hard for liquor. After knowing that he is a Laawaris (orphan), he leaves home looking for a job with Ranjeet. Fate brings Heera and his biological father together. Will they ever know about the relation between them? What happens if they find out about it?

The film is remembered for Amitabh Bachchan's over-the-top acting and fiery dialogues using his all famous Bachchan-baritone, his charismatic and stylish screen presence.

Soundtrack[edit]

Laawaris
Soundtrack album by Kalyanji-Anandji
Released 1981
Genre Filmi
Language Hindi
Producer Prakash Mehra

All music composed by Kalyanji Anandji.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Mere Angne Mein" (Female) Anjaan Alka Yagnik  
2. "Mere Angne Mein" (Male) Anjaan Amitabh Bachchan  
3. "Jiska Koi Nahin"   Anjaan Kishore Kumar  
4. "Kab Ke Bichhde Hue"   Anjaan Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle  
5. "Kahe Paise Pe"   Anjaan Kishore Kumar  
6. "Apni To Jaise Taise"   Prakash Mehra Kishore Kumar  
7. "Jiska Koi Nahin"   Anjaan Manna Dey  

Remakes[edit]

Laawaris was remade as

Both films were massive hits in their respective languages.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award & Category Artist Status Notes
Best Actor Amitabh Bachchan Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Suresh Oberoi Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Alka Yagnik Nominated for song Mere angne mein

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