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Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan) grows up as a Nastik (athiest) because his father got murdered by Tiger and his mother and sister got torched in their house and blamed God for doing nothing. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shankar (Sheru) / Bhola
Deven Verma ...
Amjad Khan ...
Madan Puri ...
Police Inspector Ganga Ram
Bharat Bhushan ...
Pujari (Shankar's Father)
Kamal Kapoor ...
Mr. Ghanshyam
Viju Khote ...
Master Bhagwan ...
Illegal Alcohol Seller
Shankar's Mother
Rita Bhaduri ...
Jayshree T. ...
Laxmi (Gayaprasad's wife)
Shammi ...
Lalita Pawar ...
Aunt (Mausi)


Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan) grows up as a Nastik (athiest) because his father got murdered by Tiger and his mother and sister got torched in their house and blamed God for doing nothing. After his father, mother and sister got killed, he decided to bring justice himself and the child Shankar went to the palace of Tiger but instead of killing, he blind him. When he grows up, he went to have a career of stealng other people's property. He join forces with Balbir (Pran) and Gauri (Hema Malini). At one time, he was shot by Tiger (Amjad Khan) for stealing his goods and then in an attempt to hide, he found his mother, who he thought was dead in that fire. In a rude awakening, he decided to stop stealing other people's property and find his long lost family. Incidedntally, Balbir saved Shankar's sister who was chased by Tiger's men as she went outside to bring medicine for her mother. When Shankar went to bring medicine for the mother, he finally told her that he was the long lost son and the... Written by pop-16

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18 February 1983 (India)  »

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The film was delayed for several years due to production problems. Once Amitabh was giving a interview on the sets of Nastik. The interviewer knew of Amitabh's ongoing frustration with the delay of the film. When the interviewer asked Amitabh when the film would be completed, Amitabh pointed to son Abhishek (who was visiting his dad) and made the statement that Abhishek could complete the film for him. See more »


Shankar: I steal, I don't ask. Asking is what beggars do.
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Amitabh really hates God
22 June 2012 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This film is OK for the first half where Amitabh meets Hema and Pran and all of them start robbing people but the second half where Amitabh's mother comes it just gets stupid

Amitabh plays the son of a priest whose father is killed by Amjad Khan Amitabh takes revenge by blinding him and then takes to crime Amitabh's hatred towards God

Pramod Chakravoty gave good direction but didn't handle a few scenes right such as Nalini Jaywant slapping Amitabh right in the face even though she cannot see and still had accuracy

Above all the cast Amitabh shows potential Hema Malini is funny Pran gives a decent performances Deven Varma is funny Amjad Khan is menacing as the villain Madan Puri is funny Nalini Jaywant is stupid

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