Salaam Memsaab

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Salaam Memsaab
Salaam Memsaab.jpg
Directed byG. Asrani
Produced byRoshan Films by V.D.Kalra
StarringG.Asrani , Zarina Wahab
Music byR.D. Burman
Release date
  • 12 January 1979 (1979-01-12) (India)
Running time
131 minutes

Salaam Memsaab is a 1979 Bollywood comedy-drama film directed by G. Asrani.



Radha (Zarina Wahab) and Sunder (Asrani) and a child (Master Jeetu), are street singers, who earn their living singing and dancing on streets, especially in the posh area near the Taj Mahal Intercontinental Hotel opposite Gateway of India in Bombay, India. Radha is pretty much down to earth and is content with living this life, working hard. But Sunder has big dreams of becoming rich, wealthy, and famous - quickly. Sunder's dreams do come true, albeit temporarily, when he wins an all-paid week's stay at a five star hotel, and comes in contact with the rich, the wealthy, and the famous. Lyrics penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. Two songs stand out even now "Hum bhi rahon me khadey hai yaar idhar dek lo janeman pyar se ik nazar dek lo..."; and "Na sharab hamey kaam hai, ye teri nazar ka kamaal hai jo laga diya hamey kaam pe....".


The music of the film was composed by R. D. Burman and lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri

Controversy and Delayed release[edit]

Three months before the releasing of the film in 1978, an author filed a case in Bombay Session Court against the producer of the film, Mr. V.D. Kalra, for copying his story in his film. The case took 6 months to complete and was ruled in favour of the producers, the film released then in 1979 in Bombay and in a few other Mass circuits; the film was a houseful in places like Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. Still, after such response, the film failed to pick up in Bihar and also got a limited release in other parts of India. On this note, the film performed below average. Also, this was the last film by the banner Roshan Films Pvt. Ltd. and Producer V.D. Kalra.

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