Tawaif (film)

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Directed by B. R. Chopra
Produced by R.C. Kumar
Written by Aleem Masrur
Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza
Starring Rishi Kapoor
Rati Agnihotri
Poonam Dhillon
Deepak Parashar
Music by Ravi
Release dates
Running time
160 min.
Language Hindi

Tawaif is a Bollywood movie released in 1985. It was produced by R.C. Kumar and directed by B. R. Chopra.


The film mainly is about a tawaif (courtesan or some one who willingly or otherwise adopts the profession of entertaining others for a living), who accidentally enters the life of Dawood (Rishi Kapoor) who already has fallen in love with an upcoming writer (Poonam Dhillon). The situation becomes such that he has to claim that she (the Tawaaif) happens to be his wife. Soon the Tawaaif makes room in everybody's heart by her softness and intelligence, love and affection. It becomes difficult for Dawood as he cannot forget his first love (Poonam Dhillon), nor the Tawaaif (Rati Agnihotri) and also that he cannot tell the identity of Rati to anybody else. However, gradually all problems are solved, misunderstandings removed and Dawood willingly accepts Rati while Suleman Seth (Deepak Parashar) who also loves Poonam, accepts her. The songs of the film were nicely written by Hassan Kamal and composed by Chopra's favourite Ravi. The song 'Tere Pyar Ki Tamanna' and 'Bahut De Kar Di' are very meaningful and ear-pleasing.



# Title Singer(s)
1 "Joban Anmol" Asha Bhosle
2 "Aai Khudai" Mahendra Kapoor
3 "Bahut Der Kardi" Asha Bhosle
4 "Mera Shauhar" Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle
5 "Aaj Ki Sham" Asha Bhosle
6 "Tere Pyar Ki Tamanna" Mahendra Kapoor


It won two Filmfare awards in 1986

  • Best Dialogue Writer for Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza
  • Best Story Writer for Aleem Masroor

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