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Desh Premee (1982)

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Master Dinanth (Amitabh Bachchan) is a freedom fighter and led the war against the British in 1942 and eventually won the independence in 1947. But after independence, the people's love for... See full summary »

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Master Dinanath / Raju
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Asha
Navin Nischol ...
Inspector Deepak Singh
Parveen Babi ...
Dr. Priti
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Shamsher Singh
Prem Nath ...
Puthu Anna
Uttam Kumar ...
Parunto Ghosh (as Late Uttam Kumar)
Parikshat Sahni ...
Ghulam Ali
Prem Chopra ...
Don
Kader Khan ...
Sher Singh
Amjad Khan ...
Thakur Pratap Singh
Sharmila Tagore ...
Bharati
Jeevan ...
Munim
Jagdish Raj ...
Major B.K. Verma
Yusuf
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Master Dinanth (Amitabh Bachchan) is a freedom fighter and led the war against the British in 1942 and eventually won the independence in 1947. But after independence, the people's love for their country seems to be diminishing and they are too busy betraying it like rich businessman Thakur Pratab Singh (Amjad Khan). Masterji finds out about Thakur Pratab Singh's illegal activities such as smuggling of weapons and ammunition and gets him arrested. In revenge for putting him in prison, Pratab Singh gets Masterji's wife Bharati (Sharmila Tagore) and daughter Priti (Parveen Babi) kidnapped by Thakur's partner in crime Sher Singh (Kader Khan) to try and change his ways but to no avail. Thakur also provokes an attack on Masterji's home by the local villagers who accuse Dinanath of betraying his country and he is forced to flee his home with his young son Raju. His wife becomes a victim of leprosy and escapes from Sher Singh leaving her daughter Priti in a friend's care. Masterji is ... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Another film Vinod Khanna refused due to his decision to quit the film industry. The role eventually went to Navin Nischol. See more »

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A rare dud...
19 March 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have seen a lot of Indian films--particularly the films of Bollywood's biggest stat, Amitabh Bachchan. However, despite me enjoying his films, I am no blind fan--and I really, really disliked "Desh Premee".

The film has a LOT of plot shoved into the film--perhaps too much. When the film begins, Dinanth (Bachchan) is a freedom fighter battling the British for Indian independence. Oddly, only seconds later, India is independent! Now, inexplicably, this well-respected man is ruined by local mobsters--and his wife and daughter are taken from him. He is left with his young son--and no place to live. So, they pack up and move. They settle into a town where mobsters also rule. Oddly, however, as time passes, Dinath's young son, Raju (ALSO played by Bachchan!!) turns out to be a bit of a bandit himself--and extorts money out of the local mobsters! He's a real jerk--and he later meets up with a young lady who, inexplicably, gets married to him...of sorts. To see what I mean, see the film...or not!

The film has too many divergent plots and should have been trimmed a bit. Additionally, although Indians might have accepted Bachchan in dual roles, the idea of someone playing BOTH father and IDENTICAL son is just too stupid for me. I especially loved when Raju dressed up EXACTLY like his father and yet the mobsters didn't think he was the dad or vice-versa!! Additionally, I just thought Raju was too much of a jerk to care about him or his story. Overall, a pretty dumb film--and a rare misfire for Bachchan.


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