As a youth, Vijay struggles as a dockworker. Eventually, he becomes a leading figure of the underworld, while younger brother, Ravi, is an educated, upright policeman. But in the end, it all comes down to, who does mother love more?

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Kuljit Singh
Raj Kishore ...
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The movie tells the story of two brothers, Vijay and Ravi Verma, who follow different career paths: Vijay is a smuggler and Ravi the policeman who is asked to hunt Vijay down. Vijay Verma (Amitabh Bachchan) and Ravi Verma (Shashi Kapoor) are the sons of a trade unionist, Anand Verma(Satyen Kappu), who was defeated and disgraced by the management of his firm using his family as bait. Unable to bear the public disgrace father deserts the family, and the sons are raised by their mother(Nirupa Roy)who brings them to Bombay City, who suffers the trials and tribulations of a poor single mother. Vijay Verma, the elder brother, grows up with an acute awareness of his father's humiliation and is victimized for his father's supposed misdeeds. In the process of fighting for his rights Vijay, who starts out as a boot polisher and becomes a dockyard worker in his youth, becomes a smuggler and a leading figure of the underworld. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Amitabh didn't dub for the famous temple scene as he couldn't get the emotions perfectly during dubbing and felt the dubbing would mar the impact. See more »

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When Anand Verma (Satyen Kappoo) returns signing agreement with mill owners, it's raining outside. The water sprayed artificially for rain effect can be seen on left corner of the screen. See more »

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Ravi: Brother, whether you would do the sign or not?
Vijay: Yes, I would do the sign, but I would not be the first one to do the sign, I wouldn't do it alone, go and bring the sign of that man who took the sign from my father, go and bring the sign of that man who stoned my mother and threw her out of the job, go and bring the sign of that man who had written this on my hand. After that! After that my brother the paper you would tell me I would do the sign on that paper.
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One Of The Best Ever!!
11 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Released in 1975 after "Sholay" and at a time when the then Indian Prime Minister, the late Mrs. Indira Gandhi, declared a National state of Emergency, this was written by the famous duo writers Salim - Javed, who were said to be partly inspired by the real life smuggler, Haji Mastan.

Vijay an Ravi, two brothers react differently about their childhood humiliation after their father is wrongfully accused of being a thief - he is a union leader who fights for the rights of his men but succumbs to demands when is shown photographs of his family being kidnapped by the boss of the company. Ravi becomes a police officer, while Vijay becomes a criminal. Their mother becomes their mutual bone of contention.

Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Nirupa Roy, Parveen Babi, Manmohan Krishna, Madan Puri, Ifteqar, Jagdish Raj, Rajkishore and A K Hangal, this is produced by Gulshan Rai and is Directed by Yash Chopra.

Deewar was not like Sholay at all, even though it was written by the famous duo writers as mentioned. But after the release of this movie, Amitabh Bachchan was recognised as "Vijay." There are some very memorable scenes and dialogues in this movie such as those when Ravi asks his brother to sign a paper, then the one where the two brothers meet under a bridge where they had spent their childhood and struggling to survive. These are also the same scenes, with perhaps one or two more that can be added, which if one really thinks emotionally about, then it will make you weep. And for those who, in real life, have experienced such events, are able to reflect their circumstances and say "I have been through that as well.

This is a hard hitting, classic movie, which is worth watching when ever one is able to.


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