Namak Haraam

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Namak Haraam
Movie poster
Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Produced by Jayendra Pandya
Rajaram 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
Mohan Studios
Distributed by R. S. J. Productions
Ultra Distributors
Worldwide Entertainment Group
Release date
November 23, 1973
Running time
147 minutes
Language Hindi

Namak Haraam (English: Traitor) is a 1973 Indian Hindi-language 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 and Amitabh Bachchan had won his second Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1974.

This was the second Hrishikesh Mukherjee film that starred Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan after Anand. "Diye Jalte Hai", "Nadiya Se Dariya" 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 and as Anguram in Malayalam, starred by Prem Nazir.


The story focuses on two friends, Somu (Rajesh Khanna) and Vicky (Amitabh Bachchan). To avenge the fact that Vicky is insulted by the union leader of his factory, Somu infiltrates the factory as a worker and later the trade union as its leader. However, Somu is moved by the plight of the workers and is influenced by their ideals, which leads to a 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 1970s.



  • Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
  • Story: Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Biresh Chatterjee, Chandra Kanta Singh, Mohini N. Sippy
  • Screenplay: Gulzar, D. N. Mukherjee, Biresh Chatterjee, Chandra Kanta Singh, Mohini N. Sippy
  • Dialogue: Gulzar
  • Producer: Jayendra Pandya, Rajaram, Satish Wagle
  • Editor: Das Dhaimade
  • Cinematographer: Jaywant Pathare
  • Art Director: Ajit Banerjee
  • Costume and Wardrobe: Meeta Hassan, Ramlal Maheswari, Madhvi R. Shanker
  • Choreographer: Gopi Krishna, Habiba Rehman, Kapil


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.

1."Diye Jalte Hain Phool Khilte Hain"Kishore Kumar3:40
2."Main Shair Badnaam"Kishore Kumar2:38
3."Nadiya Se Dariya Dariya Se Saagar"Kishore Kumar2:53
4."Sooni Re Sejaria"Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar2:38
5."Woh Jhoota Hai Vote Na Usko Dena"Kishore Kumar3:29

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee/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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