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After the retirement of his dad, the onus is on Bharat to look after the Delhi-based family. He has two younger college-going brothers, Deepak and Vijay, and a sister of marriage age, Radha... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manoj Kumar ...
Shashi Kapoor ...
Mohan Babu
Zeenat Aman ...
Moushumi Chatterjee ...
Prem Nath ...
Harnam Singh
Dheeraj Kumar ...
Kamini Kaushal ...
Bharat's mother
Madan Puri ...
Krishan Dhawan ...
Bharat's Father
Sulochana Latkar ...
Mohan's mother (as Sulochana)
Manmohan ...
Senior police officer
Raza Murad ...
Hamid Miya
Raj Mehra ...
Tulsi's father


After the retirement of his dad, the onus is on Bharat to look after the Delhi-based family. He has two younger college-going brothers, Deepak and Vijay, and a sister of marriage age, Radha. Bharat is a graduate, but is unable to secure any employment, much to the frustration of his girlfriend, Sheetal. Vijay takes step to secure his own future, by turning to crime, which is strongly opposed by Bharat, and as a result Vijay leaves the house. Mohan is Sheetal's boss, and finds her very attractive. When he proposes marriage, she accepts, and soon both are engaged. This leaves Bharat devastated, unable to deal with life, and unable to afford the basic needs of Roti (food), Kapada (Clothing), and Makaan (Shelter), he must now decide to carry on honestly, or otherwise. Written by rAjOo (

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Release Date:

18 October 1974 (India)  »

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A good movie with little flaw
22 February 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

If compared with other Indian commercial films, Roti Kapada Aur Makaan does not have much flow.

I'm not sure about the status and the financial conditions of the Indian singers at the present time. But this film indicates that, during the 70's, even the best singers would get nowhere with their talents.

In this film, Manuj Kumar is a singer with a legendry voice (Mukesh), yet he has neither fame nor money.

If talented singers did make a good living out their arts in India during the 70's, then this is perhaps the film's big flaw.

But overall, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan is probably one of Bollywood's few films that actually makes sense.

The direction, acting and story line are superb. The songs are related to the story, and are always inspiring to listen to.

Most Bollywood's films are hardly watch able, but it will be a pleasure to watch this one more than twice.

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