Shaan (1980 film)

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Shaan film poster.jpg
Directed byRamesh Sippy
Produced byG.P. Sippy
Written bySalim–Javed
StarringSunil Dutt
Amitabh Bachchan
Shashi Kapoor
Shatrughan Sinha
Rakhee Gulzar
Parveen Babi
Bindiya Goswami
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Johnny Walker
Mac Mohan
Music byRahul Dev Burman
CinematographyS.M. Anwar
Edited byM. S. Shinde
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 12 December 1980 (1980-12-12)
Running time
181 mins (DVD) 208mins (VHS)
Budget6 crore[1]
Box office12.5 crore[2]

Shaan (transl. Pride) is a 1980 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film. The film was directed by Ramesh Sippy, with a story written by Salim–Javed, after the blockbuster success of their previous venture, Sholay.[3]

The film was an average performer upon its initial release.[citation needed] However, it did a great business after re-runs with packed houses. Eventually, it was declared to be the highest grosser of 1980 by IBOS.[4] It is classed as an All time Blockbuster. It did obtain the services of Sholay's music composer, R.D. Burman, whose songs bagged a Best Music nomination at Filmfare. Shaan was one of the last films to feature the vocals of Mohammed Rafi.


DCP (Deputy Commissioner of Police) Shiv Kumar (Sunil Dutt), returns home to his wife Sheetal (Rakhee Gulzar) and their young daughter and announces that he has been transferred to Bombay. He has two brothers, Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) and Ravi (Shashi Kapoor), who live in Bombay. They are intelligent, capable guys, but spend their time loafing about the city and swindling unsuspecting people. A mysterious man (Shatrughan Sinha) tries to assassinate Shiv Kumar twice in the city. Shiv survives both times.

After being swindled by Chacha (Johnny Walker) and Renu (Bindiya Goswami), the twosome decide to join forces with them. They are quickly joined by a glamorous thief, Sunita (Parveen Babi). One of their tricks eventually backfires and lands Vijay and Ravi in jail. Shiv bails them out and reads them the riot act at home. After the two attempts on his life, Vijay and Ravi advise him to find a different line of work, arguing that his profession is unpredictable, dangerous and unsuitable for a family man. Shiv stands firm, citing his undying patriotic commitment to his corps and his country.

Shakaal (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) is an international crime lord operating from a remote island outside India. Shakaal is a sadistic villain who rejoices in pain of his enemies and traitors. Shiv gets progressively closer to the root of the crimes in the city. Shakaal has Shiv brought before him. He compliments Shiv on his wits and valour, and invites him to come to his side. True to his form, Shiv firmly refuses the offer.

Shakaal tries to kill him, but Shiv breaks loose and tries to escape from the island. Shakaal unleashes wild dogs upon Shiv and eventually shoots him dead on the beach from a helicopter. As Vijay, Ravi and Sheetal lament their tragic loss, the mysterious man who tried to kill Shiv shows up. Sheetal angrily identifies him. The man introduces himself as Rakesh, a marksman and former circus performer who used to shoot targets blindfolded. He was recruited by Shakaal to assassinate Shiv, by holding Rakesh's wife hostage.

Rakesh confesses that he deliberately missed Shiv on the two previous instances, hoping it would buy him time to rescue his wife. On realizing this, an angry Shakaal killed his wife. Rakesh sought out Ravi and Vijay so they could work together to bring down Shakaal. The trio seek the aid of a homeless cripple, Abdul (Mazhar Khan) and manage to find and destroy Shakaal's contraband warehouse in the city. Finding that Abdul was providing Ravi and Vijay with information, Shakaal has his men kill him. Enraged with the destruction of his warehouses, Shakaal kidnaps Sheetal and has her brought to his island.

Vijay, Ravi and Rakesh fume, knowing that Sheetal will almost certainly be killed and that they have no clue about the location of Shakaal's island. At this point, Jagmohan (Mac Mohan), another of Shakaal's aides who has been mercilessly crippled by him, offers his help to the group to gain entry to Shakaal's hideout.

Posing as a musical troupe (a familiar stratagem in many Bollywood films), Vijay and Ravi (with Renu, Chacha and Sunita) enter the island and perform for Shakaal. Shakaal, however, reveals that Jagmohan was sent by him to trap them. Jagmohan's fracture was a lie. Their cover is blown and they are captured. An elaborate sequence ensues as the three men escape. The trio and the widow avoid the booby traps and the henchmen ultimately capture Shakaal and finally end his ignominious existence. Shakaal, with his dying breath, sets his island hideout to blow up, but the heroes escape via helicopter to safety.


Star Role Notes
Sunil Dutt Shiv Kumar Police Inspector
Amitabh Bachchan Vijay Kumar Shiv Kumar's Brothers
Shashi Kapoor Ravi Kumar
Shatrughan Sinha Rakesh Shooter in Circus
Rakhee Gulzar Sheetal Kumar Shiv Kumar's Wife
Parveen Babi Sunita Vijay's Love Interest
Bindiya Goswami Renu Ravi's Love Interest
Kulbhushan Kharbanda Shaakal The Antagonist
Johnny Walker Chacha Renu's Uncle
Mazhar Khan Abdul Street Beggar
Yunus Parvez Hotel Manager
Viju Khote Inspector Policeman who Chasing Sunita & Vijay
Mohan Sherry Durjan Singh Goon in opening scene
Manik Irani Goon Shakal's assistants
Goga Kapoor Goon
Mac Mohan Jagmohan
Sudhir Pandey Tiwari
Sharat Saxena Goon
Sudhir Ranjeet
Dalip Tahil Kumar
Sujit Kumar Goon
Padmini Kapila Roma Rakesh's Wife (Special Appearance)
Helen Cabret Dancer (Special Appearance) Dancer in "Yamma Yamma" song
Bindu Maharani (Special Appearance) in "Shaan Se" song


Logistical issues relating to other projects in which the cast were involved meant that Shaan took three years to make.[3] While Sholay drew its inspiration from the American Western and Spaghetti Western films, Shaan took its lead from the James Bond films with fancy sets and beautiful costumes. Shakaal, the bald villain (originally to be played by Sanjeev Kumar [5]) played by Kulbhushan Kharbanda, was based on the James Bond villain, Blofeld.

A large golden eagle is prominent in Shakaal's island lair and in the Bollywood obligatory final song-and-dance. The eagle is reminiscent of the golden lamb in Cecile DeMille's Ten Commandments; construction on the golden eagle required outside experts to be flown in and cost, in Rupees, the equivalent of the chariot scene in Ben-Hur.

Sippy wanted to repeat the cast of Sholay for this film, but due to date issues, Sunil Dutt played the role initially offered to Sanjeev Kumar, Bindiya Goswami played the role initially offered to Hema Malini, and Shashi Kapoor was roped in when Dharmendra declined to do the character of Ravi.

The film was set and partially filmed on the island of Steep Holm.[6]

Parveen Babi suffered her first anxiety attack when she completed shooting of the song Pyar Karnewale. Just after the shooting of that song, there was a scene in the film where Parveen Babi is inside the car and then Amitabh Bachchan gets in the car. The scene was later shot when Parveen Babi returned from the U.S. and she recommenced work by shooting this scene.[5]


The music was composed by R. D. Burman and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Yamma Yamma" Mohammed Rafi, R. D. Burman
2 "Pyaar Karne Waale" Asha Bhosle
3 "Jaanu Meri Jaan" Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar
4 "Doston Se Pyar Kiya" Usha Uthup
5 "Dariya Mein Jahaz Chale" Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar
6 "Mittua" Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle
7 "Naam Abdul Hai Mera" Mohammed Rafi

The version of the song "Yamma Yamma" is not the final recorded song, that is used in the movie. Its was a rehearsed copy sung by Late Mohd Rafi, and the actual recording was scheduled for later, which was used by RD Burman in the movie due to the sudden untimely death of Mohd Rafi before the final recording. However, it turned amazingly outstanding. This is the only song where Mohd Rafi and RD Burman sing a duet "mittua" inspired by Bony M , Rasputin song.


Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ RANGAN, BARADWAJ. "The man behind Gabbar".
  2. ^ "Shaan - Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Parveen Babi, Sunil Dutt, Bindiya Goswami, Bindu, Raakhee, Johnny Walker, Johny Walker, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Mac Mohan, Mazhar Khan, Sudhir, Yunus Pervez. Shaan's box office, news, reviews, video, pictures, and music soundtrack".
  3. ^ a b "A homage to G P Sippy". Bollywood Hungama, Screen. 5 January 2008. Archived from the original on 21 May 2008.
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  6. ^ Legg, Rodney (1993). Steep Holm Legends and History. Dorset Publishing Company. pp. 140–141. ISBN 978-0948699597.

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