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Kaalia (1981)

A simple man is forced to join the criminal world.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kallu / Kaalia
Shalini / Rani Singh
Shahani Seth / Jaswant
Jailer Raghvir Singh
Sajjan ...
2nd Defense Attorney
Murad ...
IGP Officer
Hiralal ...
Brahmachari ...
Gopal (as Brahmchari)
Ram P. Sethi ...
Crippled Prisoner (as Ram Sethi)
Brahm Bhardwaj ...
Judge (as Brahm Bhardawaj)
Dev Kumar ...


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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25 December 1981 (India)  »

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The first and only film of Amitabh where the heroine (Praveen Babi) first appeared after a 1 hour had passed. See more »


When Kallu is driving the car which he borrowed from the showroom, he moves the gear lever inconsistently to put the car into reverse - sometimes backwards, sometimes forwards. See more »


References Laawaris (1981) See more »


Jab Se Tumko Dekha
Performed by Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle
Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
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Quite awful but good in parts
24 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

Well, another of those crude and pathetic movies of the 1980s which today are sadly often cited as the worst examples for films which stamped this decade as the most terrible period in the history of mainstream Hindi cinema. From Kalu to Kaalia, from an innocent guy to a sophisticated gangster, and there you get another Bachchan hit. A clichéd and done-to-death story, a poor script filled with mindless action scenes and many melodramatic proceedings. It's a pity, considering Bachchan's achievements in the 1970s, when he proved his merit as an excellent actor and a star deserving of the resounding success he attained. Actually, here too Bachchan is not that bad; he is of course let down by the script but he also rises above its weakness in several sequences. It's just the choice of this film itself which disappoints (and he would appear in many movies unworthy of his abilities later in the decade). Where the film manages to provide some fun is, first, in the music. Well, that's to be expected when the one responsible for the soundtrack is R.D Burman. Secondly, the sequences portraying the romantic relationship between Bachchan and the exotic beauty Parveen Babi. These are the only worthy moments in the film, which also include the hilarious (not unintentionally, for a change) scene in which Babi breaks an egg on her own head, thinking this would help her to make an omelet. Babi's presence is one of the few positive aspects in this film. The film also has Asha Parekh, who is quite okay, but at times gets also a bit melodramatic, which is of course not her fault. To sum it up, Kaalia is just another wannabe gangster movie with the most predictable twists and neither Bachchan nor any of its other good points save it from being a cheapo.

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