|Directed by||K. Raghavendra Rao|
|Produced by||C. Aswini Dutt,
|Written by||Kader Khan (dialogues)
|Music by||Bappi Lahari|
|Edited by||Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao|
|Budget||₹2.7 crore (US$420,000)|
|Box office||₹1.67 crore (US$260,000)|
Jaani Dost (English: Best Friends) is a 1983 Bollywood film produced by C. Ashwini Dutt, M.Arjuna Raju on Vyjayanthi & Roja Movies Combines banner and directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. Starring Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Parveen Babi and Sridevi in lead roles and music composed by Bappi Lahari. The film is a remake of Telugu movie Adavi Simhalu played by Krishnam Raju and Krishna. Both the movies were made simultaneously by the same banner and director, some of the scenes and actors are identical in both the versions.
Raj Nagar estates owner Raja Dharma Raj Singh is a millionaire. He and his wife Radha have a son and Radha is pregnant with a daughter. One day, Devan Kuber Singh, alias Cobra (Kader Khan), a smuggler and gangster, kills Dharma Raj and frames it as an accident. He then tries to kill Dharma Raj's son, Veeru (Jeetendra), but Veeru escapes. In his hiding place, Veeru meets a boy, Raju (Dharmendra), and they become good friends. Raju decides to spend time with Veeru, sacrificing his studies in the process.
After 20 years, Raju becomes a lorry driver and Veeru enters a life of crime. One day, Raju protects a girl, Meena (Parveen Babi), from gangsters sent by Cobra's son, Nagendran (Shakti Kapoor) because she refused to marry him. Veeru works for Hari (Amjad Khan), the younger brother of Cobra, who frequently wears disguises. Raju and Meena love each other, but Cobra does not approve. Veeru loves a young, dynamic girl,Karate Rani Shalu (Sridevi), whose mother is cheated by Hari (whom she is currently searching for).
Raju learns that Veeru is participating in a cycle of crime, which often hurts him, creating conflict between the two. However, Raju soon learns that Veeru is an undercover CBI agent. He arrests all the criminals, but Hari escapes. Cobra devises a plan to make Meena marry an unknown person by keeping her mother in his custody, and he sends Raju to jail by trapping him in a murder case. Cobra then kills Meena in an accident.
Cobra, Hari, and Nagu escape to a forest where they conduct their undercover activities. Raju escapes from jail and goes to the forest; Veeru wants to protect Raju. He goes on the trip, along with Shalu, because she realizes Hari is her father. Cobra's gang tries to murder Veeru and Shalu, but they escape and meet Meena, who escaped from the accident as well, and Veeru then realizes that Meena is his own sister.
Afterward, Raju and Veeru keep on attacking Cobra’s activities in the name of the "Jungle Ka Share" by changing their disguises. Cobra plays a trick and creates a clash between Raju and Veeru by creating an image in the minds of both that the other "Jungle Ka Share" is a bad person. One day in a carrel, Raju and Veeru meet each other accidentally and they come to know the truth. They unite to oversee the end of Cobra’s gang. Finally, Raju marries Meena and Veeru marries Shalu.
- Dharmendra as Raju
- Jeetendra as Veeru
- Sridevi as Shalu
- Parveen Babi as Meena
- Kader Khan as Cobra
- Amjad Khan as Hari
- Shakti Kapoor as Narendra
- Asrani as Ghasita
|1||"Bagon Kee Tu Ranee Hai"||Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle|
|2||"Javaani Javaani Jalati Javani"||Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle|
|3||"Aayee Aayee Mai Toh"||Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle|
|4||"Jivan Bana Jivan Mil"||Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle|
|5||"Ham Nahin Jhumate Hain"||Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle|
The movie was a semi-hit. The ending had weak writing and the action was messed up. The message of Jaani Dost was not lifted up in the movie. The lack of a duet between Dharmendra and Jeetendra limited the acceptance of their strong bond.