Himmatwala (1983 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. Raghavendra Rao
Produced byG.A. Sheshagiri Rao
Krishna (Presents)
Written byKadar Khan (dialogues)
Indeevar (lyrics)
Screenplay byK. Raghavendra Rao
Story bySatyanand
Based onOoruki Monagadu (1981)
Music byBappi Lahri
CinematographyK.S.Prakash Rao
Edited byKotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Release date
  • 25 February 1983 (1983-02-25)
Running time
150 minutes
Box office5 crore (equivalent to 63 crore or US$8.9 million in 2018)[2]

Himmatwala (lit. A Brave Man) is a 1983 Indian masala film produced by G.A. Sheshagiri Rao under the Padmalaya Studios banner, presented by Krishna and directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. It stars Sridevi, Jeetendra in the lead roles and music composed by Bappi Lahri. The film is a remake of the Telugu film Ooruki Monagadu (1981).[3] The film proved to be a breakthrough for Sridevi in Bollywood and launched her to stardom. Himmatwala on release was a giant commercial success, grossing 50 million, becoming the highest grossing Indian film of 1983 as well as one of the ten highest grossing Indian film of 1980s.[4]


Master Dharam Murti witnesses a murder of a man at the hands of Sher Singh Bandookwala. But Sher Singh with his might, terror, and money are set free. In revenge, he places Dharam Murti in an awkward position with a female teacher, Menaka. Dharam Murti, ashamed of this, vacates his village and abandons his wife and children. His wife Savitri helps her son Ravi (Jeetendra) become an engineer who then resolves to fight against Bandookwala and get his father's spoilt reputation back. Bandookwala has terrorized all the villagers. His daughter Rekha (Sridevi) follows his footsteps and grows into an insensitive woman who tries to harass people. Ravi's sister Padma has to marry Munimji's son Shakti as she is pregnant with his child. After marriage, Shakti and Bandookwala together start harassing Padma. Rekha falls in love with Ravi and decides to play the same trick against the Bandookwala by pretending to be pregnant with Ravi's child. Ravi finds his father as a worker on a dam construction site. Ravi then presents Bandookwala guilty before the panchayat, but is freed by Dharam Murti on condition that he should show affection to the poor and treat them well. Finally, Bandookwala becomes a good man and then Ravi marries Rekha.



The Music Album was composed by Bappi Lahiri and the lyrics were penned by Indeevar.

The songs were instant hits and Naino Mein Sapna was later recreated by Sajid-Wajid for Himmatwaala.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Nainon Mein Sapna" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
2 "Ladki Nahin Hai" Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle
3 "Imtehan Imtehan" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
4 "Taki O Taki" Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle
5 "Wah Wah Khel" Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle


A remake of the film starring Ajay Devgn and Tamannaah in lead roles and directed by Sajid Khan, released under the same title on 29 March 2013. The movie opened to negative reviews and was declared a flop at the box office.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ "Himmatwala (Cast & Crew)". IMDb.
  2. ^ "Top Earners 1980-1989 (Figures in Ind Rs)". Boxofficeindia.com.
  3. ^ "Himmatwala". The Hindu.
  4. ^ "Top Earners 1980-1989 (Figures in Ind Rs)". Boxofficeindia.com.
  5. ^ Roy, Priyanka (7 May 2013). "Ajay tells us why himmatwala flopped". The Telegraph. Kolkata: ABP Group. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  6. ^ Mehta, Ankita (10 December 2013). "From 'Himmatwala' to 'Zanjeer': Top 10 Worst Bollywood Films of 2013". International Business Times. IBT Media. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  7. ^ "'Himmatwala': Sajid Khan, Ajay Devgn's charm tepid at the box office". Zee News. 1 April 2013.

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