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This article is about the 1981 film. For the 2002 film, see Kranti (2002 film). For the comic-strip character, see Minimum Security.
Directed by Manoj Kumar
Produced by Manoj Kumar
Written by Salim-Javed
Manoj Kumar
Starring Dilip Kumar
Manoj Kumar
Shashi Kapoor
Hema Malini
Shatrughan Sinha
Parveen Babi
Nirupa Roy
Prem Chopra
Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Cinematography Joe D'Souza
Edited by Manoj Kumar
Release dates
  • 1981 (1981)
Running time
188 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 1.5 crores[1]
Box office 10 crores[1]

Kranti (English: Revolution) is a 1981 Indian Hindi film produced and directed by Manoj Kumar. It stars Manoj Kumar along with an Ensemble cast consisting of Dilip Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, Parveen Babi, Sarika, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri, Paintal and Pradeep Kumar. The story was written by Salim-Javed. The film marked the return of Dilip Kumar after a five-year hiatus.


The film takes place in the 19th Century British India and is the story of the fight for independence from the British between 1825 and 1875. The film tells the story of men that lead the war against British Rule: Sanga (Dilip Kumar), Bharat (Manoj Kumar) known as Kranti, a prince (Shashi Kapoor) and a freedom fighter (Shatrughan Sinha). Sanga is an honest and dedicated employee in the kingdom of Ramgarh, owing allegiance and loyalty to no one except Raja Laxman Singh. When Laxman Singh conditionally permits the British to use the port for trading purposes, Sangha finds out that the British are taking out gold and jewellery and bringing in ammunition, and puts a stop to this. He goes to report this outrage to Laxman Singh, only to find him stabbed to death. Sanga is charged with treason and of killing Laxman Singh. Sentenced to death, he escapes and forms a group of revolutionaries who have only one goal - to drive the British out of India. This group multiplies into several armies, all united with one slogan - an Independent India, also known as Kranti.



The music is scored by Laxmikant Pyarelal. The music was popular with some hit songs like "Zindagi Ki Na Toote Ladi" and "Chana Jor Garam". Following the huge starcast Laxmikant Pyarelal assembled the famous singers Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor, Shailender Singh & Nitin Mukesh to voice the actors.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Looie Shama Sha" Nitin Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar
2 "Ab Ke Baras" Mahendra Kapoor
3 "Chana Jor Garam" Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Nitin Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar
4 "Durga Hai Meri Maa" Mahendra Kapoor, Minoo Purshottam
5 "Zindagi Ki Na Toote Ladi" Nitin Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar
6 "Mara Thumka" Lata Mangeshkar
7 "Kranti Kranti" Manna Dey, Shailender Singh, Nitin Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar

Box office notes[edit]

  • Net gross of approximately Rs.10-crore
  • 2nd top-grossing (Hindi) film of the 1981
  • It ran for 67 weeks in theater.
  • It was Golden Jubilee HIT, entailed good profits for all India distributors despite heavy price tag (2 Crore) attached. It was costliest movie ever at that time.[2]

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