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Laawaris (1981)

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Left in the care of an alcoholic Gangu Ganpat (Shreeram Lagoo), young Heera, who named himself after a stray dog, wrestles with life in his young age. Years later, now a young man (Amitabh ... See full summary »

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Zeenat Aman ...
Vikas Anand ...
Beggar (song "Jiska Koi Nahin")
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Heera
Mumtaz Begum ...
Mohini's grandmother
Bindu ...
R.S. Chopra ...
Private Teacher
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Mrs. Kailash Nath
Rakhee Gulzar ...
Vidya
Jeevan ...
Lala
Goga Kapoor ...
Phuga
Satyendra Kapoor ...
Kailash Nath
Amjad Khan ...
Ranvir Singh
Viju Khote ...
Manager who insisted Hira for his father's name
Kushboo ...
Young Mohini
Shreeram Lagoo ...
Gangu Ganpat
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Left in the care of an alcoholic Gangu Ganpat (Shreeram Lagoo), young Heera, who named himself after a stray dog, wrestles with life in his young age. Years later, now a young man (Amitabh Bachchan), he works for Mahendar Singh (Ranjeet) and is in love with Mohini (Zeenat Aman), who will not have anything to do with him due to his lack of ancestry. Heera is now determined to find out who his parents are, and the only one who can help him is the elusive, alcohol-induced and incoherent Gangu Ganpat. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The song Mere Angane Mein is a old Indian folk song that first appeared in the 1970 film Bombay Talkies. See more »

Goofs

In the famous dog scene where Amitabh feeds the dog a hot chili, Zeenat Aman enters the restaurant with 2 unexplained mark blemishes on her face. Possibly from a previously edited out scene in the movie. As the scene progresses into a song, Zeenat's blemish mysteriously disappears. See more »

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Mere Angne Mein Tumhara Kya Kaam Hai (male)
Performed by Amitabh Bachchan
Music by Kalyanji Veerji Shah & Anandji Veerji Shah
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The Big B does drag
25 June 2003 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

This is a Bollywood film titled "The Orphan". Thus the plot is a given: our hero will follow a winding road toward the ultimate discovery of his true father, and along the way he will discover his true nature. Alienation will be undone by solidarity. The poor and downtrodden will have their champion. One love interest will meet her untimely demise, and another will have her man.

Our first glimpse of our hero as an adult is as a walking trope of machismo: coveralls open to the waist revealing a chest of dark black hair. One of our final glances reveals a side of the big B that I surely did not expect. The penultimate musical number features Amitabh in drag, with five costume changes, and he's damned good at it. The film is worth the watch for this sequence alone.


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