Laawaris (1981 film)
|Directed by||Prakash Mehra|
|Produced by||Prakash Mehra|
|Written by||Shashi Bhushan
Din Dayal Sharma
|May 22, 1981|
Laawaris (English: Orphan or Bastard) is an 1981 Indian drama film directed by Prakash Mehra. The film became known for its hit song "Mere Angene Mein, Tumhara Kya Kaam Hai" rendered twice: the first time by a young Alka Yagnik, who earned her first Filmfare nomination as best female playback singer, and the second time by Amitabh Bachchan. The second version turned out to be a mega hit, especially due to Amitabh's performance in drag wear. The lyrics of the song were funny and give tribute to all kinds of wives, be they fat, tall, short, dark skinned, or fair skinned. Even until today, the song is popular among audiences. Laawaris starred Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan, Zeenat Aman and Raakhee. In Urdu, "Laawaris" means bastard or loosely means orphan. Although the word has a negative connotation, it is not as negative as the English connotation. The story revolves around an orphan who stumbles over reality in search for his parents.
The film was an "All Time Highest Earner" that year, got the highest verdict present at that time by Trade Guide (Bollywood box office magazine), and was among those rare movies which crossed 2 Crore (200,000) per territory. There were only 13 All time earner (Crossing 1 Crore per territory) movies till 1984 and Laawaris was among them.
A child born of an illegitimate relationship is named Heera after the name of a dog by a drunkard who makes him work hard for liquor. After knowing that he is a Laawaris (orphan), he leaves home looking for a job with Ranjeet. Fate brings Heera and his biological father together. Will they ever know about the relation between them? What happens if they find out about it?
The film is remembered for Amitabh Bachchan's fiery acting and dialogues using his all famous Bachchan-baritone, his charismatic and stylish screen presence.
It was another movie of Prakash Mehra, where the ending has a similarity with the ending of Namak Halal, with his favourite villains Ranjeet and Satyen Kapoo.
|Soundtrack album by Kalyanji-Anandji|
All music composed by Kalyanji Anandji.
|1.||"Mere Angne Mein" (Female)||Anjaan||Alka Yagnik|
|2.||"Mere Angne Mein" (Male)||Anjaan||Amitabh Bachchan|
|3.||"Jiska Koi Nahin"||Anjaan||Kishore Kumar|
|4.||"Kab Ke Bichhde Hue"||Anjaan||Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle|
|5.||"Kahe Paise Pe"||Anjaan||Kishore Kumar|
|6.||"Apni To Jaise Taise"||Prakash Mehra||Kishore Kumar|
|7.||"Jiska Koi Nahin"||Anjaan||Manna Dey|
Laawaris was remade as
- Naa Desam, in Telugu in 1982, starring NTR, Kaikala Satyanarayana and Jayasudha.
- Panakkaran, in Tamil in 1990, starring Rajinikanth, Vijayakumar and Gouthami.
Both films were massive hits in their respective languages.
Awards and nominations
|Award & Category||Artist||Status||Notes|
|Best Actor||Amitabh Bachchan||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Suresh Oberoi||Nominated|
|Best Female Playback Singer||Alka Yagnik||Nominated||for song "Mere Angne Mein"|
- "Amitabh Movies Verdict (1969-1984) By Trade Guide(Prakash Pange)". 3 December 2011.
- "Up to 1984 : Total 13 All time earners , 9 Was Starring Amitabh". 27 August 2010.
- "1st Filmfare Awards 1953" (PDF).