Namak Halaal

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Namak Halaal
Namak Halaal 1982 film poster.jpg
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Hindi नमक हलाल
Directed by Prakash Mehra
Produced by Satyendra Pal
Written by Prakash Mehra, Kader Khan (dialogue)
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Smita Patil
Parveen Babi
Shashi Kapoor
Music by Bappi Lahiri
Release date
30 April 1982
Running time
172 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

Namak Halaal (English: Loyal Servant) is a 1982 Hindi-language action comedy film, directed by Prakash Mehra. Music is 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 "Blockbuster" at the box office and went on to be a golden jubilee hit (which was common to all Bachchan films at that time).

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 role 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 role respectively and was a huge hit.


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 in 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 was owned by Raja Kumar (Shashi Kapoor) and run by Savitri. Hotel manager Ranjit Singh (Ranjeet) was 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 was 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 was actually hired by Ranjit Singh to kill Raj. 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 fails it.

Finally goons kidnap Arjun's and Raj'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.[1]

Prakash Mehra favourite actor Ranjeet and Satyen Kapuu acted in this film after Laawaris.

Baapi Lahiri scored music for the first time after blockbuster Muqaddar Ka Sikandar & Laawaris of Kalyanji Anandji association with Prakash Mehra.


Namak Halaal
Soundtrack album to Namak Halaal by Bappi Lahiri
Released 1982
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Hindi
Label EMI Records

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

No. Title Singer(s) Length
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 Baaqi Baat Baaqi" Bappi Lahiri, Asha Bhosle  
5. "Thodi Si Jo Pee Li Hai" Kishore Kumar  


  1. ^ "Raj Babbar Behind the Scenes". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 

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