Mr. Natwarlal

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Mr. Natwarlal
Mr. Natwarlal 1979 film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Rakesh Kumar
Produced by Tony
Written by Gyandev Agnihotri(Story)
Kader Khan (Dialogue)
Rakesh Kumar (Screenplay)
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Ajit Khan
Kader Khan
Amjad Khan
Music by Rajesh Roshan
Cinematography Fali Mistry
Edited by Waman B. Bhosle
Gurudutt Shirali
Release date
June 8, 1979
Running time
148 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

Mr. Natwarlal is a 1979 Indian Hindi action comedy film produced by Tony Glaad (as "Tony") and directed by Rakesh Kumar. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Ajit Khan and Amjad Khan. The music is by Rajesh Roshan, the songs are written by Anand Bakshi. The highlight of the film was a children's song sung by Amitabh Bachchan. Ishraq-Suja, known for writing a novel named "Shadman & Zarin er Bhalobasha", made their first film writing debut with this film. Tony decided to take them as the writers of the film. The film was shot in Kashmir with most of the shooting done in Beerwah, Jammu and Kashmir

The name of the film and lead character were inspired by a notorious Indian conman, Natwarlal.[1]

Getting Amitabh to sing was a gimmick that was tried for the first time in this movie. Kabhi Kabhi earlier had Amitabh use spoken verse within a melodic song, but this was the first time he sang in a movie. This was subsequently copied by other filmmakers in films like Laawaris, Silsila and Pukar.

As per a trade guide, which was premium box-office publication in the 1970s and 1980s, Mr. Natwarlal was a "Hit".[2] In today's lenient classification system, Mr. Natwarlal is easily a blockbuster.


Natwar is a young boy, when his beloved older brother and caretaker, police officer Gridharilal (Ajit Khan), is framed for bribery by sinister criminal mastermind Vikram (Amjad Khan). When he grows up, Natwar (Amitabh Bachchan) creates a secret identity for himself, posing as a powerful and mysterious underworld figure named Mr. Natwarlal, determined to slowly but surely exact vengeance on Vikram.


The music was composed by Rajesh Roshan and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

Rajesh Roshan was nominated for Best Music Director award for the film; Laxmikant Pyarelal received the award for Sargam that year.

Song Singer(s)
"Oonchi Oonchi Baaton" Mohammad Rafi & Usha Mangeshkar
"Pardesia" Lata Mangeshkar & Kishore Kumar
"Qayamat Hai" Mohammad Rafi & Anuradha Paudwal
"Tauba Tauba" Asha Bhonsle
"Mere Paas Aao" Amitabh Bachchan

The song "Pardesia Pardesia" by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar of this movie was popular, besides "Onnchi Onnchi Baaton" by Mohammad Rafi and Usha Mangeshkar. Amitabh has a solo number on his own; "Mere Paas Aao". The song "Mere Paas Aao" was the first song sung by Amitabh Bachchan in Bollywood.


  1. ^ The name Natwarlal is taken from a thug of the 1980s, alias Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava. Archived 23 January 2013 at
  2. ^ [1][Trade Guide Verdict]

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