Bandhe Haath

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Bandhe Haath
Bandhe Haath.jpg
Directed by O.P. Goyle [1]
Produced by O. P. Ralhan
Written by Qamar Jalalabadi
O. P. Ralhan
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Music by R. D. Burman
Cinematography Rajendra Malone[2]
Edited by Vasant Borkar
Distributed by Ralhan Productions Pvt. Ltd.[3]
Shemaroo Video Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
February 16, 1973
Running time
137 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

Bandhe Haath (English: Tied Hands) is a 1973 Hindi movie produced and written by O. P. Ralhan. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Mumtaz, Ajit, O P Ralhan, Ranjeet, Madan Puri, Asit Sen, Tun Tun and Pinchoo Kapoor. The film's music is by R. D. Burman and the lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri.


A thief named Shyamu (Amitabh Bachchan) who has made stealing his career decides to go straight after the death of his mentor (Madan Puri). On the run from police for committing a series of robberies in the past, he ends up in a village and he comes across a poet named Deepak (also Amitabh Bachchan) and comes to his aid. Taking advantage of the fact that Deepak is his lookalike he decides to steal his identity by killing him. He backs out of killing him however when he discovers Deepak is already dying of an illness. After Deepak's death he decides to steal his identity and informs the police that Deepak is actually the thief Shyamu. However a police inspector (Ajit Khan) becomes suspicious that Shyamu is actually alive and masquerading as the poet Deepak.

The change in the life of now Deepak the poet, from Shyamu, is due to a stage artist and dancer, Mala Mumtaz (actress), who is exquisitely beautiful, as a woman and human being, and who falls in love with him, being part of the same stage company, Roop Kala Theatre. For her, he wants to finish his old identity fully, but finds that Deepak had a love interest in Rajni (Kumud Chhugani),[4] who is a women's rights activist and daughter of the same multi millionaire, Seth Harnaam Das, in whose house, he as Shyamu the thief, had committed his last robbery, but had returned all the stolen articles to the police, except for a ring which he had gifted to Mala. He wants to retrieve the letters from Rajni, which Deepak had written to her, for fear, that the police will conduct a handwriting test on him with them, and woos Rajni. Mala is taken aback when she finds out same, as also the real identity of now Deepak the poet, from Inspector Kumar.

The story evolves into a society eye opener, of the transformation of a human being from the path of crime, to goodness, his re-acceptance in ideological cast, and is a Hindi cinema classic worth watching.



  1. "Kya Janu Main Hoon Kaun" - Kishore Kumar[5]
  2. "Tune Chhin Liya" - Lata Mangeshkar
  3. "O Majhi Re" - Asha Bhosle
  4. "Naacho Re" - Lata Mangeshkar
  5. "Ye Kaun Aaj Aaya" - Lata Mangeshkar
  6. "Dil Toh Lai Gawa" - Asha Bhosle, R. D. Burman, Mahendra Kapoor, Manna Dey


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