|Directed by||Hrishikesh Mukherjee|
|Produced by||Jayendra Pandya
|Written by||Sampooran Singh Gulzar
|Music by||Rahul Dev Burman|
|Edited by||Das Dhaimade|
|Distributed by||R.S.J Productions
Worldwide Entertainment Group
|19 November 1973|
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.
- Rajesh Khanna as Chander Singh/Somnath 'Somu'
- Amitabh Bachchan as Vikram Maharaj 'Vicky'
- Simi Garewal as Manisha
- Rekha as Shyama
- Asrani as Dhondu, Shyama's brother
- A. K. Hangal as Bipinlal Pandey
- Manju as Rama, Pandey's assistant
- Om Shivpuri as Damodar Maharaj
- Manmohan as Jai Singh
- Durga Khote as Somu's mother
- Manisha as Sarla, Somu's sister
- Raza Murad as Alam
- Jayshree T. as Courtesan
- Lalita Kumari
- Yogesh Chhabra
- Kamal Deep
- 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.
|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
|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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