|Directed by||Prakash Mehra|
|Written by||Surendra Kaul (story) |
Laxmikant Sharma (screenplay)
Kader Khan (dialogue)
|Produced by||Satyendra Pal|
|Edited by||Jayant Adhikari|
|Music by||Bappi Lahiri|
|Distributed by||Chaudary Enterprises|
Prakash Mehra Productions
|30 April 1982|
|Box office||₹120 million ($12.69 million)|
Namak Halaal (transl. Loyal Servant) is a 1982 Indian comedy masala film, directed by Prakash Mehra and written by Kader Khan. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Smita Patil, Parveen Babi, Waheeda Rehman, Om Prakash, Ranjeet, Satyen Kappu in pivotal roles. It features music composed by Bappi Lahiri, with lyrics written by Anjaan.
The film went on to be the third highest-grossing Indian film of 1982, grossing ₹120 million (US$12.64 million). It is the biggest comedy blockbuster of all time in India, where it sold more than 20 million tickets, with an inflation-adjusted net income equivalent to nearly ₹3 billion (US$40 million) as of 2019[update]. It was remade in Telugu as Bhale Ramudu (1984) and in Tamil as Velaikaran (1987). The song "Raat Baaki" has been recreated by Tanishk Bagchi for the movie Ittefaq. The movie is most famous for the dialogue:
I can talk English, I can walk English, I can laugh English because English is a very funny language.— Arjun Singh (Amitabh Bachchan), Namak Halaal
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.
- Amitabh Bachchan / Arjun Kapoor as Arjun Singh
- Shashi Kapoor / Sidharth Malhotra as Raja Singh
- Smita Patil Replaced Smita Bansal as Poonam
- Parveen Babi as Nisha as Mother
- Waheeda Rehman as Savitri
- Om Prakash as Dashrath Singh "Daddu"
- Ranjeet as Ranjeet Singh
- Satyen Kappu as Girdhar Singh
- Viju Khote as Talvar Singh
- Ram Sethi as Bhairon
- Kamal Kapoor as Raja Sahib
- Suresh Oberoi as Bheem Singh
- Ashalata Wabgaonkar as Nisha's GrandMother
Amitabh Bachchan portrays the protagonist Arjun Singh, who was influenced by the character Hrundi Bakshi, the protagonist of the 1968 Hollywood film The Party; Hrundi Bakshi is an Indian character who was portrayed by British comedian Peter Sellers.
|Film score by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||EMI Records Saregama|
'Jawani Jaan-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. 'Raat Baaki, Baat Baaki', another song picturized on Parveen Babi, also became a big hit.
|"Pag Ghungroo Bandh"||Kishore Kumar|
|"Thodi Si Jo Pee Li Hai"||Kishore Kumar|
|"Aaj Rapat Jaye To Hamen Na Uthaiyo"||Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle|
|"Raat Baaki, Baat Baaki, Hona Hai Jo, Ho Jane Do"Ittefaq (2017 film)||Bappi Lahiri, Asha Bhosle|
|"Jawani Jaan-E-Man"||Asha Bhosle|
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