Trishul (film)

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Trishul 1978 film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byYash Chopra
Written bySalim–Javed
Produced byGulshan Rai
StarringShashi Kapoor
Sanjeev Kumar
Amitabh Bachchan
Hema Malini
Poonam Dhillon
CinematographyKay Gee
Edited byB. Mangeshkar
Music byMohammed Zahur Khayyam
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Trimurti Films
Release date
  • 5 May 1978 (1978-05-05)
Running time
168 mins
Budgetest. ₹8.8 million
Box officeest. ₹202 million

Trishul (transl. Trident) is a 1978 Indian Hindi-language masala film, directed by Yash Chopra, written by Salim–Javed and produced by Gulshan Rai. It features music by Mohammed Zahur Khayyam, with lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi. The film focuses on the intertwined stories of three main characters, portrayed by Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan.

Trishul was the second-top-grossing Indian film of 1978, after Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, which also starred Amitabh Bachchan and Raakhee. The movie has been remade in Tamil as Mr. Bharath and in Telugu as Mr. Bharath.


Raj Kumar Gupta (Sanjeev Kumar) gives up his first love Shanti (Waheeda Rehman) to marry a wealthy heiress Kamini (Gita Siddharth), who is the daughter of Seth Dindayal. Shanti comes by to wish him success on his marriage with the news that she is taking his child and moving away. She gives birth to a boy and names him Vijay Kumar (Amitabh Bachchan). She raises him to adulthood. After she dies, Vijay comes to Delhi to take revenge by running his father's business and family connections. Shekhar (Shashi Kapoor) and Kusum (Poonam Dhillon) are Vijay's half-siblings who are caught in the crossfire of Vijay's revenge. Vijay also crosses paths with Geeta (Raakhee), the devoted secretary of Gupta and another company's general manager Sheetal (Hema Malini) who is also the daughter of the owner of the company. When Geeta is fired, Vijay hires her. He tries to create differences between Shekhar and Sheetal. Vijay also takes all the good deals which resulted in losses for Raj. He even encourages Kusum to marry Ravi (Sachin) against her father's wishes which enrages Shekhar and he ends up fighting with Vijay. But Geeta comes and tells the truth that they are brothers. Shekhar and Kusum leave Raj. Raj in anger tells Balwant (Prem Chopra) to kill Vijay! Later Vijay comes and tells him that he is Raj's son and leaves. Raj tries to stop Balwant but he had already left and kidnapped Ravi in order to get to Vijay. Vijay, with the assistance of Shekhar and Raj, rescues Ravi. Balwant aims at Vijay but Raj comes in between and thus Raj is shot in the process by Balwant. Before dying, Raj asks for forgiveness. Vijay forgives him and unites with the family. In addition, Vijay changes the name of his company from Shanti Constructions to Shanti-Raj Constructions.




All the songs[2] were composed by Khayyam and lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi.

The soundtrack for this movie is credited for bringing the three legends of Indian film music Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar & K. J. Yesudas together in a single song, "Mohabbat Bade Kaam Ki Cheez Hai".

# Title Singer(s) Duration
1 "Gapoochi Gapoochi Gam Gam" Lata Mangeshkar, Nitin Mukesh 04:09
2 "Ja Ri Behna Ja" Kishore Kumar, Yesudas & Pamela Chopra 03:05
3 "Jo Ho Yaar Apna" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar 03:29
4 "Mohabbat Bade Kaam Ki Cheez Hai" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar & Yesudas 04:38
5 "Janeman Tum Kamal Karte Ho" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar 05:37
6 "Aap Ki Maheki Hui Zulf Ko" Lata Mangeshkar, Yesudas 03:09
7 "Tu Mere Saath Rahega" Lata Mangeshkar 06:29


Box office[edit]

In India, the film grossed 110 million[3] ($13.4 million),[4] with net earnings of ₹55 million.[3] It was declared a "Super Hit" at the box office, becoming the second-top-grossing Indian film of 1978, below Muqaddar Ka Sikandar and above Don.[3]

Overseas in the Soviet Union, the film released in May 1980, with 529 prints.[5] It sold 29.7 million tickets at the Soviet box office,[6] grossing an estimated 7.43 million Rbls[7] ($11.7 million,[8] or ₹92 million),[9] bringing the film's worldwide gross to approximately ₹202 million ($25.1 million).

Adjusted for inflation, its Indian gross is equivalent to $55.7 million (₹4.13 billion) and its Soviet gross is equivalent to $38.5 million (₹2.85 billion), for a total inflation-adjusted worldwide gross of $94.2 million (₹6.98 billion).

In terms of footfalls, the film sold an estimated 43 million tickets in India,[3][10] and 29.7 million tickets in the Soviet Union,[6] for an estimated total of 72.7 million tickets sold worldwide.

Awards and nominations[edit]

26th Filmfare Awards



Ziya Us Salam of The Hindu in his review of Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002) called it "a spoof of Trishul".

Popular culture[edit]

The movie was heavily referenced in Anurag Kashyap's 2012 crime film Gangs of Wasseypur.[11] A Sinhala film with a similar story line was made with the title Hello Shyama by Director M.S. Anandan, starring Gamini Fonseka in the role of Sanjeev, and Shyama Anandan, daughter of M.S. Anandan, in the role played by Amitabh Bachchan.


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  4. ^ "Official exchange rate (LCU per US$, period average) - India". World Bank. 1978. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Трезубец бога Шивы — дата выхода в России и других странах". KinoPoisk (in Russian). Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  6. ^ a b ""Трезубец бога Шивы" (Trishul, 1978)". KinoPoisk (in Russian). Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  7. ^ Roth-Ey, Kristin (2011). "Chapter 1: The Soviet Film Industry" (PDF). Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War. Cornell University Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-8014-4874-4.
  8. ^ "Archive". Central Bank of Russia. Archived from the original on 29 December 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Official exchange rate (LCU per US$, period average) - India". World Bank. 1980. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  10. ^ Mittal, Ashok (1995). Cinema Industry in India: Pricing and Taxation. Indus Publishing. p. 71. ISBN 9788173870231.
  11. ^ Mohamed, Khalid (22 June 2012). "Gangs of Wasseypur review: Gangster-e-Azam of sorts". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2020.

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