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Directed byYash Chopra
Written byJaved Akhtar
Story byJaved Akhtar
Based onAshroonchi Zhali Phule by Vasant Kanetkar
Produced byYash Chopra
StarringDilip Kumar
Waheeda Rehman
Anil Kapoor
Rati Agnihotri
Gulshan Grover
Saeed Jaffrey
Alok Nath
Amrish Puri
CinematographySantosh Sivan
Music byHridaynath Mangeshkar
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 9 February 1984 (1984-02-09)
Running time
162 minutes

Mashaal (lit.'Torch') is a 1984 Bollywood action film. Produced and directed by Yash Chopra, it starred Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rehman, Anil Kapoor and Rati Agnihotri.[1][2] The role played by Anil Kapoor was first offered to Amitabh Bachchan and then to Kamal Haasan,[3] but after they declined the offer, the role went to Anil Kapoor. Vinod Kumar (Dilip Kumar) plays a respected, law-abiding citizen who turns to crime for exacting revenge. The movie was based on the well-known Marathi play Ashroonchi Zhali Phule written by famous Marathi writer Vasant Kanetkar.[4] The movie was remade in Malayalam as Ithile Iniyum Varu with Mamooty playing the lead role.


Vinod Kumar (Dilip Kumar) is an upright and honest man, who runs a newspaper named "Mashaal". Vinod exposes the ills in the society with help of his newspaper. Vinod's wife, Sudha (Waheeda Rehman), sees a vagabond named Raja (Anil Kapoor) and tries to instill some values and culture in him. Vinod is sceptical about this, but accepts when Raja tells them of his tragic childhood and comes to regard Sudha as a maternal figure. Finally, Vinod decides to help Raja by sending him to Bangalore to complete his education and become a journalist. During frequent meetings with Vinod and Sudha, Raja befriends Geeta (Rati Agnihotri), an aspiring journalist and an assistant in Vinod's paper, and they fall in love.

During his investigations, Vinod finds that S.K. Vardhan (Amrish Puri), a wealthy and respected man in the society, is behind many malpractices. Vinod starts exposing S.K's illicit business of drug-trafficking and selling hooch. Initially, S.K. tries to buy Vinod's silence by bribing him, but when Vinod decides to stand up to S.K., the latter inflicts misery on Vinod by having him thrown out of his rented house via the landlord. That very night, Vinod's newspaper office is burnt down by S.K.'s men. Helpless, and on the streets, tragedy strikes Vinod and Sudha further when Sudha, who is ailing, dies on the road, leaving Vinod distraught and heartbroken.

A disillusioned Vinod realizes that S.K. will always trump him, since people also support him. Instead of trying to expose S.K., Vinod now decides to follow S.K's footsteps in order to destroy him. Vinod, in association with Kishorilal (Saeed Jaffrey), starts to produce illicit hooch and engages in other illegal businesses to earn money – the thing, Vinod retrospectively feels, he lacked, and the shortage of which led to the tragedies in his life. Soon, Vinod becomes rich. Meanwhile, Raja, who is in Bangalore for his studies, is unaware of these developments. The only other person exposed to this truth is Geeta, who has grown resentful of Vinod and has started to work in another newspaper.

Vinod's business now stands as a threat to Vardhan's empire. Soon, Raja returns after completing his education and meets Vinod and is surprised to see that the latter's lifestyle has changed, but doesn't know the truth.

Raja meets Munna (Gulshan Grover), an old friend, from whom he learns that a new crime lord has entered the fray and has gained a foothold in the hooch and drugs world. Raja decides to expose this criminal, who, unbeknownst to him, is Vinod himself. Vinod is disturbed to learn that Raja is trying to dismantle his empire, but does not stop him. Raja starts working for Dinesh (Alok Nath), another journalist for whom Geeta also works. A chance discussion between Raja, Dinesh and Geeta leads to the revelation that Vinod is, indeed, the new drug boss. Raja is flummoxed upon learning this, and goes to meet Vinod to confront him about this. Vinod accepts the truth, and tells him what happened. After an emotional upheaval and deep pondering, Raja decides that he will continue on the righteous path Vinod taught him, even if this means exposing the very person, who treated him as his own son, as a criminal. Vinod feels humbled when Raja tells him that he still views Vinod as his mentor, upon which Vinod gives him his blessings to continue his chosen work.

Meanwhile, Vinod and S.K's enmity reaches a head when Raja starts writing about both. Finally, S.K kidnaps Raja and threatens him. Vinod enters and saves Raja, before fighting with S.K. Vinod kills S.K by throwing him in printing press wheels. Keshav, a henchman of S.K, tries to shoot Raja, but Vinod comes in between and gets fatally shot. Keshav is arrested, while Vinod dies in Raja's arms, happy and finally content.


Actor Name Character/Role Notes
Dilip Kumar Vinod Kumar Reporter/Newspaper Editor Later becomes Drug trafficker,Black Marketer/Hooch Seller
Waheeda Rehman Sudha Kumar Wife of Vinod Kumar
Anil Kapoor Raja Blackmarketer/Liquior Seller Later becomes Press Reporter/Newspaper Editor
Rati Agnihotri Geeta Press Reporter/Newspaper Editor and Raja's Love Interest
Amrish Puri S.K. Vardhan Drug trafficker,Black Marketer/Liquior Seller
Madan Puri Tolaram Assistant to S.K. Vardhan
Saeed Jaffery Kishorilal Partners/Friends Working under Vinod Kumar in Drug trafficker,Black marketing/Hooch Selling
Nilu Phule Vitthal Rao
Mohan Agashe Keshav Later Joins S.K. Vardhan After Removed By Vinod Kumar
Avtar Gill Mohan working Under Vinod Kumar for Drug trafficking, Black Marketing/Hooch Selling
Anu Kapoor Nagesh Cameo Role
Harish Magon Damodar Becomes Traitor and joins S.K.Vardhan/Keshav Gang
Gulshan Grover Munna Friends of Raja ,Drug traffickers,Blackmarketers/Hooch Seller
Madan Jain Somu (Somesh) Later Becomes Taxi Driver
Alok Nath Dinesh Press Reporter/Newspaper Editor
Iftekhar Doctor
Vikas Anand Police Inspector
Amrit Pal Amrit Goon/Casino Manager, Under S.K.Vardhan
Jaspal Sandhu Grocery and Ration Shop Owner


1."Zindagi Aa Raha Hoon Main"Kishore Kumar05:50
2."Om Namah Shivaye Sanso Ki Sargam Pe Dhadkan Ye"Lata Mangeshkar03:50
3."Mujhe Tum Uaad Karanaa Aur Mujhako Yaad Aanaa Tum"Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar04:21
4."O Holi Aayee, Holi Aayee Dekho Holi Aayee Re"Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor, Kishore Kumar05:35
5."Footpathon Ke Ham Rahane Vaale, Raaton Ne Paalaa Ham Vo Ujaale"Anup Jalota, Shailendra Singh, Hariharan, Suresh Wadkar06:36
Total length:26:12

Box Office[edit]

It was hit at box office


The film was based on the well-known Marathi play "Ashroonchi Zhali Phule" written by famous Marathi writer playwright Vasant Kanetkar.

A film called "Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool" based on the same, but differently presented, Marathi play was released in 1969 which was directed by Satyen Bose. It starred Ashok Kumar, Debu Mukherji and Pran in key roles.



  1. ^ Pauwels, Heidi (31 January 2008). Indian Literature and Popular Cinema: Recasting Classics. Taylor & Francis. p. 217. ISBN 978-0-415-44741-6. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  2. ^ Lanba, Urmila (2002). Life and films of Dilip Kumar, the thespian. Vision Books. p. 70. ISBN 978-81-7094-496-6. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  3. ^ @NFAIOfficial (24 December 2019). "#FaceOfTheWeek #AnilKapoor with @TheDilipKumar in #Mashaal. @AnilKapoor received acclaim for his striking performan…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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