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Namak Haraam (1973)

 -  Drama  -  19 November 1973 (India)
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Somnath (Somu) lives in a shanty house in a Delhi slum with his widowed mom, and unmarried sister, Sarla. He is friendly with Calcutta-based wealthy Vikram (Vicky) Maharaj. When Vicky's dad... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Somnath (Somu) / Chander Singh
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Vikram (Vicky) Maharaj
Simi Garewal ...
Manisha
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Shyama
Asrani ...
Dhondu (Shyama's brother)
A.K. Hangal ...
Bipinlal Pandey
Om Shivpuri ...
Damodar Maharaj
Manmohan ...
Jai Singh
Durga Khote ...
Somu's Mother
Raza Murad ...
Alam
Jayshree T. ...
Courtesan
Yogesh Chhabra
Darshan
Neelam
Lalita Kumari
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Somnath (Somu) lives in a shanty house in a Delhi slum with his widowed mom, and unmarried sister, Sarla. He is friendly with Calcutta-based wealthy Vikram (Vicky) Maharaj. When Vicky's dad, Damodar, has a heart attack and is advised to take bed-rest for two months, Vicky fills in his father's shoes, has a confrontation with a senior employee and union leader, Bipinlal Pandey, which results in a strike. His father intervenes, asks Vicky to apologize to Bipinlal, which Vicky does, and everything returns to normal. Vicky confides about his humiliation with Somu, and both conspire to teach Bipinlal a lesson. As a result, Somu accompanies Vicky to Calcutta, gets a job as a laborer in his mill, befriends his fellow-workers, gets some monetary relief to injured workers, amongst other benefits, is elected as the union leader replacing Bipinlal. With Somu as the union leader and Vicky as the boss there is no stopping these two - until Damodar finds out and decides to put a stop to Vicky being... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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When Vicky Maharaj (Amitabh Bachchan) first shows up, he mentions that he is wearing two watches. In real life, Amitabh Bachchan is very fond of various wristwatches and sometimes wears more than one at a time. See more »

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an excellent movie centrally characterized by Rajesh Khanna
6 August 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

It is one of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee classics of all time Hindi film world. The storyline of this film is of very high standard in comparison with usual Bombay films. It is a very sober social film with simple living and high thinking. There have been a lot of discussions, controversies, etc. about Rajesh-Amitabh comparison in terms of acting calibre. In my opinion in this film, Rajesh Khanna has very ably portrayed the middle class character of Somu, who is completely depended upon his rich friend financially and later changed as a serious factory mechanic and gradually turns as trade union leader,called Chander when mixed up with labourer society. Rajesh Khanna always proves himself as an unparallel actor when different shades of one particular character is characterized by him. And the Namakram is not an exception. On the other hand Amitabh usually repeats his angry young man image, little bit more loud. However, he has shown some standard expression in one or two scenes at Jail. In brief in this film we find Rajesh Khanna as usual as a complete character called Somu/Chander, but Amitabh as the well known Angry Young Man, just like Janjeer, Deewaar, etc.


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