Namak Haraam

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Not to be confused with Namak Halaal.
Namak Haraam
Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Produced by Jayendra Pandya
Satish Wagle
Written by Sampooran Singh Gulzar
D.N. Mukherjee
Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Starring Rajesh Khanna
Amitabh Bachchan
Simi Garewal
A.K. Hangal
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Cinematography Jaywant Pathare
Edited by Das Dhaimade
Distributed by R.S.J Productions
Ultra Distributors
Worldwide Entertainment Group
Release dates
19 November 1973
Running time
147 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Namak Haraam (Hindi: नमक हराम, Nastaliq: نمک ہرام, English: Traitor) is a 1973 Indian Hindi drama film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The music is by R.D. Burman, the screenplay by Gulzar, and lyrics by Anand Bakshi. The film stars Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. It also stars Rekha, Asrani, Raza Murad, A.K. Hangal, Simi Garewal and Om Shivpuri. Rajesh Khanna received his third BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) in 1974 for this film.

This was the second Hrishikesh film with Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh after Anand. "Diye Jalte Hai, Phool Khilte Hai", "Nadiya se dariya, Dariye se sagar" and "Main Shayar Badnaam" are the most memorable melodies, all rendered powerfully by Kishore Kumar and picturised on Rajesh Khanna. Namak Haraam was a hit at the box office. It was remade in Tamil as Unakkaga Naan with Sivaji Ganesan. The movie is inspired by the 1964 Paramount Pictures production Becket.


The story focused on two friends, Somu (Rajesh Khanna) and Vicky, and how Somu tries to infiltrate the trade union of his friends. Amitabh Bachchan plays a rich man's son, Vicky, who has a fight with a union leader and later sends his best friend Somu to grow bigger than the previous union leader. Somu starts getting influenced by the ideals of workers which leads to confrontation between the two friends. This story concentrates on the rise of unions with the backdrop of Mumbai's textile mills and inflation in the early '70s.




The song "Nadiya Se Dariya Dariya Se Saagar" was listed at #18 on the Binaca Geetmala annual list 1974.

All lyrics written by Anand Bakshi, all music composed by Rahul Dev Burman.

No. Title Playback Length
1. "Diye Jalte Hain Phool Khilte Hain"   Kishore Kumar 3:40
2. "Main Shair Badnaam"   Kishore Kumar 2:38
3. "Nadiya Se Dariya Dariya Se Saagar"   Kishore Kumar 2:53
4. "Sooni Re Sejaria"   Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar 2:38
5. "Woh Jhoota Hai Vote Na Usko Dena"   Kishore Kumar 3:29

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
1974 Amitabh Bachan Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Asrani Filmfare Best Comedian Award Nominated
Rajesh Khanna BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) Won

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