Parwana (1971 film)

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Directed byJyoti Swaroop
Produced byR. L. Suri
Jai Pawar
N. C. Sippy
Written byAgha Jani Kashmiri (dialogue and screenplay)
Madhusudan (screenwriter) (story)
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Navin Nischol
Yogeeta Bali
Om Prakash
Music byMadan Mohan
CinematographyS. Ramachandra
Edited byWaman Bhosle
Guru Dutt
Release date
June 25, 1971
Running time
120 mins.

Parwana (lit. "moth") is a 1971 Indian Hindi-language psychological thriller film directed by Jyoti Swaroop. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Navin Nischol, Yogeeta Bali, Om Prakash and Shatrughan Sinha. In this film, Amitabh plays his first negative role as an infatuated lover-turned-murderer.[1]


Kumar Sen (Amitabh Bachchan), an artist by profession is in love with Asha (Yogeeta Bali). Asha wins a trip to Ooty in a dance competition, and falls in love with a wealthy tea plantation owner, Rajesh (Navin Nischol). When Kumar finds out, he goes to Asha's uncle, Ashok Verma (Om Prakash), and demands Asha's hand in marriage. When Mr. Verma refuses, Kumar plots to kill him. The manner in which Kumar plans and executes the murder is regarded as an immensely brilliant and engaging sequence. Kumar boards and exits various modes of transportation to avoid any possibilities of suspicion by creating an alibi. He finally kills Mr. Verma and frames Rajesh in the hope of winning Asha's love. But Asha still loves Rajesh, and believes in his innocence. She makes a promise to Kumar to stay with him forever, if he could get Rajesh released from his death sentence. Kumar realises that Rajesh will always remain Asha's love. He writes down his confession giving details of execution of his plan of murder, gives it to Rajesh, and commits suicide.



The music of the movie has been given by Madan Mohan and the lyrics were penned by Kaifi Azmi. Most of the prominent singers of the industry have lent their voice in the soundtrack of this movie, like Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle.

Song Singer
"Chale Ladhkhadaake" Asha Bhosle
"Jis Din Se Maine Tumhe Dekha Hai" Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle
"O Jameela Chhammak Chhallo" Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle
"Piya Ki Gali" Asha Bhosle, Parveen Sultana
"Simti Si Sharmaayi Si" Kishore Kumar
"Yun Na Sharma" Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar
"Are Hansnewalon" Mohammed Rafi


The sequence of Kumar's use of various modes of transportation was an inspiration for the 2007 Bollywood film Johnny Gaddaar, where it is shown that the film's protagonist has watched the film Parwana and does the same to avoid suspicion.

Home media[edit]

The DVD version of the film was released by IndiaWeekly under its own label.[2]


  1. ^ LOKAPALLY, VIJAY. "Parwana (1971)".
  2. ^ "Parwana DVD". IndiaWeekly. Retrieved 20 February 2013.

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