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Naseeb (1981)

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Naseeb, a story of destiny and fate, begins with a lottery ticket. A drunk who cannot pay his tab trades his 'winning' ticket to the waiter, Namdev (Pran), instead. Namdev decides to share ... See full summary »

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John Jaani Janardhan
Shatrughan Sinha ...
Vicky (Vikram)
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Sunny
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Asha
Reena Roy ...
Julie
Kim ...
Kim
Amjad Khan ...
Damu (Damodar)
Kader Khan ...
Raghu (Raghuvir)
Prem Chopra ...
Raghu's eldest son
Shakti Kapoor ...
Ashok
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Namdev
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Don
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Himself
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Naseeb, a story of destiny and fate, begins with a lottery ticket. A drunk who cannot pay his tab trades his 'winning' ticket to the waiter, Namdev (Pran), instead. Namdev decides to share this ticket with his three friends Damu (Amjad Khan), Raghu (Kader Khan) and Jaggi (Jagdish Raj). But when it turns out to actually be a winner, Damu and Ragu turn on the other two, murdering Jaggi and framing Namdev. Namdev goes on the run but Raghu and Damu intervene and throw him over a bridge into a river and Namdev is presumed dead. However he is rescued by a don (Amrish Puri) but no one is aware he is alive. Fast forward to ten years later - Damu and Raghu have used their stolen lottery money to build a fabulous hotel and make millions becoming very successful businessmen. Damu has used a share of his money to send his only son, Vicky (Shatrughan Sinha) to school in England. They have even employed Namdev's oldest son Johnny (Amitabh Bachchan), Vicky's best friend, as a waiter in the hotel. By... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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For the song sequence "John Johnny Janardhan", Manmohan Desai had assembled almost the entire film industry. See more »

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When Shatru's White car overturns, it has no engine. See more »

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Remade as Sandhippu (1983) See more »

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Pakdo, Pakdo, Pakdo
Performed by Kishore Kumar & Usha Mangeshkar
Music by Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar & Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
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An all time classic
30 October 1998 | by (Liverpool, England) – See all my reviews

This film is a gem. It has to certainly be an all time classic for people of my generation who grew up in the 70's and 80's. To those who live in England, it is of special significance as it was shown on Channel 4 a few times in the mid and late eighties.

I cannot begin to describe the story as it is quite complex. It basically involves a lottery ticket and how it changes three friends. The story continues into a heroes versus villains struggle and ends, as usual, with good winning. However, just listen to the cast list. Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Shatrughan Sinha are our main three heroes. Kimi Katkar, Reena Roy and Hema Malini are our heroines. "Good guys" include Pran and Amjad Khan. Villains include Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Prem Chopra, and of course Amrish Puri in a commanding performance as "Don." As if the film were short of film stars, there is an EXCELLENT film sequence for the song "John Jani Janardan" (a classic for the age). It involves various actors and actresses in guest appearances, including Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Simi and many many others.

Other songs in the film are also extremely memorable. In particular, the final picturization "Rang Jamake Jayenge" is an instant classic.

What can I tell you about this film if you have not already seen it? It is a classic. Apart from all the above, Amitabh is on TOP form. This film is unprecedented in the number of top stars that have appeared in it. Although the story is not novel, it works. Songs are fantastic. If you haven't seen it yet, make it a priority. If you have, it's time to watch it again...


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