Namak Halaal

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Namak Halaal
Namak Halaal 1982 film poster.jpg
Film poster
Hindiनमक हलाल
Directed byPrakash Mehra
Produced bySatyendra Pal
Written byPrakash Mehra, Kader Khan (dialogue)
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Shashi Kapoor
Smita Patil
Parveen Babi
Music byBappi Lahiri
Release date
  • 30 April 1982 (1982-04-30)
Running time
172 mins

Namak Halaal (English: Loyal Servant) is a 1982 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film, directed by Prakash Mehra and written by Kader Khan. Music by Bappi Lahiri and lyrics by Anjaan. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Smita Patil, Shashi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, Om Prakash, Waheeda Rehman, Ranjeet, Satyen Kappu, Suresh Oberoi and Ram Sethi. The film became a "Super Hit" at the box office and went on to be the third highest-grossing film of the year.[1]

It was remade in Telugu as Bhale Ramudu, by veteran director K. S. R. Das in 1984 with Mohan Babu and Murali Mohan in Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor's roles respectively.

It was also remade in Tamil as Velaikaran, by veteran director S.P. Muthuraman in 1986 with Rajnikanth and Sarath Babu in Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor's roles respectively and was a huge hit.

The song "Raat Baaki" has been recreated by Tanishk Bagchi for the movie Ittefaq.


Bhim Singh (Suresh Oberoi) works as a manager and personal bodyguard to Seth Raja Singh (Kamal Kapoor) and saves him from many murder attempts planned by Raja's step brother, Girdhar Singh. One day Raja Singh appoints Savitri (Waheeda Rehman), Bhim Singh's wife as trustee to their property and guardian to his toddler son Raja Kumar. On the same day, he and Bhim Singh die at the hands of Girdhar Singh. Savitri promises her husband that she would take care of Raja Kumar at any rate. Everyone including Bhim Singh's father Dashrath Singh (Om Prakash) blames Savitri thinking that she killed her husband and employer for money. Savitri hands over young Arjun to Dashrath Singh and settles herself as Raja Kumar's mother to protect him.

Later Arjun (Amitabh Bachchan) grows up to be a naive youngster under the care of Dashrath Singh. He moves to the city to build his life on his own and joins as a bellboy in a five star restaurant. There he meets Poonam (Smita Patil) and they both fall in love. That hotel is owned by Raja Kumar (Shashi Kapoor) and run by Savitri. Hotel manager Ranjit Singh (Ranjeet) is the son of Girdhar Singh and plans to kill Raja. They manage to show Savitri as a culprit and Raja believes that and suspects Savitri.

Gradually Arjun comes to know that Savitri is actually his, not Raja's mother and swears that he would protect Raja at any rate, just like his father did. Meanwhile, Raja meets a beautiful young dancer Nisha (Parveen Babi) and gets attracted to her. She is actually hired by Ranjit Singh to kill Raja, but Nisha falls in love with Raja and couldn't kill him. Finally she arranges a party on a boat to execute her plan, but Arjun foils it.

Finally goons kidnap Arjun's and Raja's family members and blackmail them to transfer all his property to Ranjit's name. Arjun and Raja beat all bad guys and save their loved ones. Raja marries Nisha and Arjun marries Poonam at the end and they reconcile with their mother Savitri.



Raj Babbar was Prakash Mehra's original choice for the role of "Raja Singh", a role which eventually went to Shashi Kapoor.[2]

Prakash Mehra's favourite actors Ranjeet and Satyen Kapuu acted in this film after Laawaris.

Baapi Lahiri scored music for the first time for a Prakash Mehra film, after blockbusters Muqaddar Ka Sikandar & Laawaris, by Kalyanji Anandji association with Prakash Mehra.


Namak Halaal
Film score by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelEMI Records
ProducerBappi Lahiri

Singer Kishore Kumar bagged his 5th Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song 'Pag Ghungroo Baandh'. Jawani Jan-E-Man went on to become a major hit. The intro to the song is similar to Sammy Davis jr's Candyman melody. The main part of the song has similarities to Donna Summer's The Wanderer.

All lyrics written by Anjaan; all music composed by Bappi Lahiri.

1."Aaj Rapat Jaayen To"Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle 
2."Jawani Jan-E-Man"Asha Bhosle 
3."Pag Ghungroo Baandh"Kishore Kumar, Pt. Satyanarayan Mishra (classical part) 
4."Raat Baaki Baat Baaki"Bappi Lahiri, Asha Bhosle 
5."Thodi Si Jo Pee Li Hai"Kishore Kumar 


  1. ^ “Box Officer By Year”, Muvyz,
  2. ^ "Raj Babbar Behind the Scenes". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 September 2015.

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