Parwana (1971 film)

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Directed by Jyoti Swaroop
Produced by R. L. Suri
Jai Pawar
Written by Agha Jani Kashmiri (dialogue and screenplay)
Madhusudan (story)
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Navin Nischol
Yogeeta Bali
Om Prakash
Music by Madan Mohan
Cinematography S. Ramachandra
Edited by Waman Bhosle
Guru Dutt
Release date
June 25, 1971
Running time
93 mins.
Country India
Language Hindi

Parwana (Devanagari: परवाना, Nastaliq: پروانا, translation: "moth") is a 1971 Bollywood psychological thriller film directed by Jyoti Swaroop. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Navin Nischol, Yogeeta Bali and Om Prakash. 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. He finally kills Mr. Verma and frames Rajesh in the case hoping to win Asha's love. Asha, still in love with Rajesh, promises Kumar to stay with him forever, if he can get Rajesh released from his death sentence. Kumar realises that Rajesh will always remain Asha's love. He writes down his confession, 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 Ladhkhada Ke" Asha Bhosle
"Jis Din Se Meinay Tumhe Dekha Hai" Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle
"Piya Ki Gali" Asha Bhosle and Parveen Sultana
"Simti Si Sharmai Si" Kishore Kumar
"O Jameela Chammak Challo" Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle
"Yun Na Sharma" Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar
"Are Hansne Walo" 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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