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Kaalia (1981)

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A simple man is forced to join the criminal world.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kallu / Kaalia
Asha Parekh ...
Shanti
Parveen Babi ...
Shalini / Rani Singh
Amjad Khan ...
Shahani Seth / Jaswant
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Jailer Raghvir Singh
K.N. Singh ...
Convict
Sajjan ...
2nd Defense Attorney
Murad ...
IGP Officer
Sudhir ...
Rawat
Hiralal
Brahmachari ...
Gopal (as Brahmchari)
Ram P. Sethi ...
Crippled Prisoner (as Ram Sethi)
Brahm Bhardwaj ...
Judge (as Brahm Bhardawaj)
Yunus Parvez ...
Abdul
Dev Kumar ...
Convict
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Kaalia - A name that spells terror in the minds of people, and the police but Kaalia was not always like this. Years ago he was a mere simpleton. Living simply in a shanty ch awl with his elder brother, Shyamlal, Bhabhi (Sister - in - law), whom he adored and their daughter Munni. Apart from them there is no one else in Kallu's little world until one day, an enemy in the guise of Shahani Seth appears. Shahani shatters the happiness in Kallu's life. That same day the young Kallu dies, and the dreaded Kaalia is born, Kaalia's main motive in life becomes wealth, and to destroy Shahani. This path of violence leads Kaalia to inspector Raghubir Singh's jail. Outside of jail, Shahani starts reclaiming his power, and inside jail, Kaalia clashes with Raghubir Singh. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Whilst filming Amitabh Bachchan wanted to change a particular dialogue, which was: 'Tu aatish-e-dozakh se darata hai jinhe hain woh aag ko pee jaate hain paani kar ke'. Director Tinnu Anand was adamant for not changing it as it was written by his father, Amitabh thought the dialogue was very inconsequential and did not want to say it. This debate got to a point where Amitabh told the director to change the actor if he didn't change the dialogue. The director was firm on his decision when Amitabh saw he was very adamant, he gave up and told the director that since he was very stubborn, Amitabh would say the dialogue. But he added if the dialogue got an applause from the audience, he would give up acting. The dialogue in fact did get an applause and Amitabh did not give up acting either. See more »

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When Kallu fails to escape from the jail, after Raghuveer beats him up there is no blood on his face. But in the cell scene where he has been chained by the officers, there is blood there. See more »

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References Laawaris (1981) See more »

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Jab Se Tumko Dekha
Performed by Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle
Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Music on Music India
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A badly executed film...somewhat painful to watch
9 August 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Kalia" was disappointing--overlong, illogical and generally ham-handed. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that a movie is bad--after all most Indian films suffer from these problems. The star of this film, Amitabh Bachchan appeared in "Amar, Akbar, Anthony" (1977) which had similar problems but was still a wonderful film.

Bachchan is a charismatic actor but even he cannot save this film from its repetitious plot twists, insipid songs, laborious dialogue and bad acting.

Bachchan plays a good-natured fellow, who is forced to turn to a life of crime to support his family when his brother is injured at the unsafe mill where he works. The mill owner/criminal mastermind callously refuses to help with money for an operation, even though the injury is his fault. Kaalia seeks revenge for his brother and ends up in jail where he becomes a hardened criminal. Heists, fistfights, interminable chases flesh out this 3 hour film. None are particularly interesting. See "Amar, Akbar, Anthony" instead.


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