Tawaif (film)

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Tawaif poster.jpg
Directed byB. R. Chopra
Produced byR.C. Kumar
Written byAleem Masrur
Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza
StarringRishi Kapoor
Rati Agnihotri
Poonam Dhillon
Deepak Parashar
Music byRavi
Release date
  • 1985 (1985)
Running time
160 minutes

Tawaif is a 1985 Bollywood movie. It was produced by R.C. Kumar and directed by B. R. Chopra.


The story is set around a tawaif (courtesan or someone who willingly or otherwise adopts the profession of entertaining others for a living), Sultana, who accidentally enters the life of Dawood (Rishi Kapoor) who already has fallen in love with upcoming writer Kaynat (Poonam Dhillon). Dawood finds himself in a situation such that he has to claim that Sultana (Rati Agnihotri) is his wife. Sultana soon makes room in everybody's heart with her softness and intelligence, love and affection, and playfulness. Dawood's life takes a turn when he acknowledges that he cannot forget his first love Kaynat, but neither can he subdue his new, burgeoning feelings for Sultana, whose true identity he cannot reveal to anybody without dire consequences both for himself and for her. SPOILER WARNING In the end, Dawood accepts he has fallen in love with Sultana, while Suleman Seth (Deepak Parashar), who has always cared deeply for Poonam, confesses his love to her. The songs of the film were written by Hassan Kamal and composed by Chopra's favourite, Ravi. The songs "Tere Pyar Ki Tamanna" and "Bahut De Kar Di" were popular inclusions in the soundtrack of the film.



The music for all the songs[1] were composed by Ravi and penned by Hasan Kamaal.

# Title Singer(s) Duration
1 "Joban Anmol" Asha Bhosle 04:28
2 "Aai Khudai" Mahendra Kapoor 04:41
3 "Bahut Der Kar Di" Asha Bhosle 05:35
4 "Mera Shauhar" Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor & Chorus 05:47
5 "Aaj Ki Shaam" Asha Bhosle, Chorus 03:34
6 "Tere Pyar Ki Tamanna" Mahendra Kapoor 05:45


It won two Filmfare awards in 1986:

  • Best Dialogue Writer for Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza
  • Best Story Writer for Aleem Masroor


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