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Directed byMohan Kumar
Produced byMohan Kumar
StarringRajesh Khanna
Shabana Azmi
Sujit Kumar
AK Hangal
Gulshan Grover
Shashi Puri
Priti Sapru
Yunus Parvez
Music byLaxmikant Pyarelal
CinematographyK. K. Mahajan
Emkay Pictures
Release date
  • 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11)

Avtaar is a 1983 drama film starring Rajesh Khanna and Shabana Azmi. It was directed by Mohan Kumar, and the music was by Laxmikant Pyarelal, and lyrics by Anand Bakshi. Avtaar was a commercial hit, and was critically acclaimed.[1] The film earned several Filmfare award nominations.[2] Rajesh Khanna achieved success with Amardeep and Prem Bandhan onwards, but this was Rajesh Khanna's biggest film in terms of box office collections since 1973. However, Rajesh Khanna lost the Best Actor award to Naseeruddin Shah for Masoom. In 1986, Mohan Kumar made Amrit with Rajesh Khanna in the lead as an old man, but with a different story line. Rajesh Khanna received an All-India Critics Association (AICA) Best Actor Award for his performance in this film in 1983.[3]

The film was later remade into the Telugu film O Thandri Theerpu (1985), starring Murali Mohan and Jayasudha; in Kannada as Kaliyuga, starring Rajesh and Aarthi; in Malayalam as Jeevitham, starring Madhu; and in Tamil as Vaazhkai, with Sivaji Ganesan. Baghban in 2003, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini was partially inspired by this film.


The film starts with wife Radha Kishen (Shabana Azmi) garlanding her husband Avtaar Kishen's (Rajesh Khanna) bust while she mourns his death, then flashes back thirty years. Radha, is the only daughter of Seth Jugal Kishore (Madan Puri), and is in love with Avtaar, a poor boy. Her father disapproves, so the two elope and marry.

After various hardships, the couple ultimately succeed; after three decades, Avtaar is owner of a small house and fortune. they have two sons, Chander (Gulshan Grover) and Ramesh (Shashi Puri). Chander is married to Renu (Rajni Sharma), while Ramesh is married to Sudha (Priti Sapru). Avtaar also has a servant named Sewak (Sachin).

Chander marries the only daughter of Seth Laxmi Narayan (Pinchoo Kapoor) and becomes a Gharjamai. Meanwhile Ramesh registers the house under his wife's name instead of Radha's. This enrages Avtaar and he leaves his home, accompanied by Radha and Sewak. With help of a moneylender Bawaji (Sujit Kumar), Avtaar starts his own garage.

Avtaar faces an uphill task, since he has no money to buy equipment, is aged and his right hand was paralysed in an accident. Sewak helps his master by illegally donating blood to arrange funds, but when Avtaar assumes Sewak has resorted to robbery, Bawaji tells the truth. Moved, Radha and Avtaar come to regard him as a true son.

Meanwhile, Avtaar's best friend Rashid Ahmed is also suffering under his cruel son Anwar and his cruel daughter-in-law, Zubeida. His son was in Dubai and he always shows before the panwaala shop run by Ram dulare (Shivraj) that his daughter-in-law is very good but in reality she is horrible. Rashid works like a servant and suddenly becomes sick and his son expels him from the house. Avtaar sees this and opens a center for people who are suffering from their cruel relatives and he names it "Apna Ghar".

Meanwhile, both Ramesh and Chander are enjoying their lives. Avtaar's luck changes and the carburetor he is working on gives a successful result. Avtaar starts manufacturing the engine parts, and creates an industrial empire headed by himself, his wife and Sewak.

Avtaar's success takes a toll on Laxmi Narayan's business and he holds Chander responsible. Ramesh commits bank fraud and is arrested. Shobha comes to Avtaar for help, but he rebukes her and sends her away. Radha becomes angry, but remains silent. Avtaar secretly gives Bawaji the bail money on the condition that he tells no one; Bawaji bails Ramesh.

Meanwhile, holding Chandar responsible for the loss in business, Laxmi Narayan throws him out of the house. Ramesh, Chandar and Sudha go to Radha for assistance, but Avtaar disagrees. Next day, Avtaar goes to the office and does not return. Radha calls him and late at night, tries to convince him to help their children, but he refuses to listen. Emotionally, Radha accuses him of having become heartless. Bawaji meets Radha, who tells him the whole story. Bawaji confesses the truth to her as he cannot bear Avtaar being ill thought of. Meanwhile, Zubeida learns that Rashid is having a lot of money by working in Apna Ghar. So Anwar and Zubaida come with their son Saddu to Ahmed Rashid. Zubeida and Anwar act a drama in front of Rashid so they can get money from him but he asks them to leave.

After learning the truth, Radha realizes her mistake and tries to call Avtaar. Sewak informs her that Avtaar has had a heart attack, so the family goes to the hospital. Avtaar has already written his will. He hands it to Radha and dies. He gave 2 lakhs to both of his sons only because of their mistreatment that led to him becoming a successful businessman in the fire of agony and considered Sewak as his actual son who does his final rites. The story comes to the present, where Radha decorates Avtaar's bust because he developed the Apna Ghar center.



# Song Singer
1 "Uparwale Tera Jawab Nahin" Kishore Kumar
2 "Yeh Saari Duniya Hai Aati Jaati" Kishore Kumar
3 "Yaaron Utho, Chalo, Bhaago, Daudo" Kishore Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor
4 "Din, Maheene, Saal Guzarte Jayenge" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
5 "Chalo, Bulaawa Aaya Hai, Maata Ne Bulaaya Hai" Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle, Narendra Chanchal
6 "Zindagi Mauj Udaane Ka Naam Hai" Mahendra Kapoor, Suresh Wadkar, Alka Yagnik

Filmfare Nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "BoxOffice India.com". BoxOffice India.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
  3. ^ "Happy birthday Rajesh Khanna: His top 15 films | bollywood | Hindustan Times". hindustantimes.com. Retrieved 24 February 2017.

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