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Kader Khan (dialogue)
Prayag Raj (story)
Release Date:
2 December 1983 (India) See more »
A wealthy, but evil man named Zafar Khan, has fallen in love a girl named Salma and wants to marry her... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Best Masala Entertainer of 80's .. Highly Entertaining yet true to its subject i.e. Coolie !! See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Amitabh Bachchan ... Iqbal A. Khan

Waheeda Rehman ... Salma

Rishi Kapoor ... Sunny

Rati Agnihotri ... Julie D'Costa

Shoma Anand ... Deepa Iyengar

Suresh Oberoi ... Vicky Puri

Om Shivpuri ... Mr. Om Puri

Satyendra Kapoor ... Aslam (as Satyen Kappu)

Nilu Phule ... Nathu (Mama)

Goga Kapoor ... Goga (as Goga)

Puneet Issar ... Bob
Mukri ... Mr. Iyengar

Shubha Khote ... Mrs. Savitri Iyengar (as Shobha Khote)
Krishan Dhawan ... Maula Saab

Ashalata Wabgaonkar ... Parvati (Nathu's wife) (as Ashalata)

Tun Tun ... Mother of 7 babies
Sajjan ... Salma's Father

Kader Khan ... Zafar Khan

Amrish Puri ... John D'Costa

Chandrashekhar ... Railway Minister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
C.S. Dubey ... Deepa's prospective father-in-law (uncredited)
Ramesh Goyal ... Porter (uncredited)
Prem Sagar ... Doctor #1 (uncredited)

Directed by
Manmohan Desai 
Prayag Raj 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Smt. Jeevanprabha M. Desai  idea (as Smt. J.M. Desai)
Kader Khan  dialogue
Prayag Raj  story
K.K. Shukla  screenplay

Produced by
Khushal Chhabria .... associate producer
Ketan Desai .... producer (as Ketan M. Desai)
Original Music by
Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar  (as Laxmikant)
Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma  (as Pyarelal)
Cinematography by
Peter Pereira 
Film Editing by
Hrishikesh Mukherjee 
Art Direction by
A. Rangaraj  (as A. Rangraj)
Makeup Department
Mansoor Ali .... makeup artist
Muniraj Futane .... assistant makeup artist (as Muniraj)
Mustaq M. Mansoor .... assistant makeup artist (as Mushtaq)
Production Management
Ashok Desai .... general manager (as Ashok B. Desai)
Ekram Kashmiri .... production manager
Shyam Varma .... production manager (as Shyam Verma)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nagesh Darak .... chief assistant director
Sohel Don .... assistant director
Laxmikant Karpe .... assistant director
Latif Khan .... second unit director
Kawal Sharma .... assistant director
Naresh Sharma .... chief assistant director
Pammy Varma .... second unit director (as Pammi Varma)
Art Department
Sudhakar .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Dimpy Bahl .... dubbing
Dimpy Bahl .... effects matching
Satish Kumar Bajaj .... dubbing (as Satish Kumar)
Satish Kumar Bajaj .... effects matching (as Satish Kumar)
Mangesh Desai .... sound re-recordist: Rajkamal Kalamandir
P.S. Mishra .... audiographer
Suresh Paswan .... assistant sound (as Suresh)
Ravi Patney .... dubbing
Ravi Patney .... effects matching
Kuldip Sood .... associate: Mangesh Desai
Special Effects by
Danny Desai .... fire effects (as Danny S. Desai)
Baldev Malik .... opticals
Baldev Malik .... travelling mattes
Krishan Malik .... opticals
Krishan Malik .... travelling mattes
Bhiku Verma .... assistant thrills (as Verma Brothers)
Pappu Verma .... stunt coordinator: thrills
Tinnu Verma .... assistant thrills (as Verma Brothers)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tapan Basu .... assistant camera (as Tapan)
Ishwar Bidri .... camera operator: second unit (as Ishwar Bidry)
Gaja .... spot boy (as Gajja)
Hari .... spot boy (as Hari Mama)
Juran .... spot boy (as Zuran)
Munir Khan .... electrician
Arun Mistry .... assistant camera (as Arun)
Naidu .... assistant camera
Naresh Pradhan .... electrician
Raju .... spot boy
Gyan Singh .... spot boy
Kadak Singh .... spot boy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kanti .... wardrobe assistant
Padam .... wardrobe assistant
Ram Singh .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Achyut Gupte .... color consultant
Raju Kapadia .... assistant editor
Mangal Mistry .... assistant editor
Ajit Pradhan .... assistant editor
Music Department
Anand Bakshi .... lyrics
Asha Bhosle .... playback singer
Gorakh .... music assistant
Shabbir Kumar .... playback singer
Anuradha Paudwal .... playback singer
Ramanlal .... background music recordist
Naresh Sharma .... music assistant
Shashikant .... music assistant
Shailendra Singh .... playback singer
Suresh Wadkar .... playback singer
Alka Yagnik .... playback singer
Transportation Department
Hiralal .... transportation (as Heeralal)
Kalidas .... transportation
Rajaram .... transportation
Arjun Singh .... transportation (as Arjan Singh)
Other crew
Shashi Arondekar .... personal assistant
Sujata Bakshi .... dance assistant (as Sujata)
Brij Chopra .... production controller
Sudhanshu Gandhi .... production assistant
Jennifer Joseph .... office assistant
Pramod Joshi .... chief accountant
Kamal .... choreographer
Vinod Kothari .... office administration in charge (as Vinubhai Kothari)
Sanjay Magodia .... accountant
Anil Nagrath .... associate director
Prakash Pange .... public relations officer
Bhupendra Parmar .... production assistant
Vinod Kumar Singh .... office assistant
Sakharam Sonavane .... production assistant (as Sakharam Sonawane)
Balkrishna Suryavanshi .... production assistant
Mahesh Vyas .... accountant
Kikubhai Desai .... film dedicated to the memory of (as Late Shri Kikubhai C. Desai)
Smt. Jeevanprabha M. Desai .... film dedicated to the memory of (as Late Smt. Jeevanprabha M. Desai)
Subhash Desai .... film dedicated to the memory of (as Late Shri Subhash Desai)
Mohammad Rafi .... film dedicated to the memory of (as Late Shri Mohammed Rafi)
Shyam Varma .... film dedicated to the memory of (as Late Shri Shyam Verma)

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Did You Know?

The song Sari Duniya Ka Bojh Hum Uthate Hai was sampled in the international song HA CHOO by ALI THE SON OF ABDUL from the album RAJA.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Iqbal is explaining to the Railway Minister that one of his porters was assaulted by one of the commuters, there is a yellow stick in front of him which moves with him.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kitne Door... Kitne Paas (2002)See more »
Saari duniya ka bojhSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Best Masala Entertainer of 80's .. Highly Entertaining yet true to its subject i.e. Coolie !!, 1 July 2013
Author: mastidea from India

I was blown away with movie when I saw its first time in 1995 .. and probably it was my 2nd or 3rd Amitabh bachchan movie back then. I became instant fan .. the persona, the larger than life presence, the voice, Best Entry scene ever , the comic timing, Dance sequence, fights .. everything simply blow me .. probably first time I became fan of any actor and I was 14 years old in 1995. Its fifteen years .. and I have seen all movies of Amitabh bachchan, no need to say bachchan movies are treasure of sort .. but Coolie is still my All time favorite, I have seen more than 100 times, have VHS, CD, DVD .. all formats at home, and still buy any DVD/CD if found any new cover .. :) Such a crazy fan of this movie.

Coming to review .. This is probably ONLY movie in this world which made on life of Coolie .. Entire movie and each scene is attributed towards them only including songs. Movie is so true to its subject(coolie) yet so much entertaining. Right from entry scene of Iqbaal(Amitabh) to Climax .. movie packs a SOLID punch of entertainment. Some best scenes :

1. Zafar breaking DAM and flood scene 2. Zafar Kidnapping Salma 3. Puneet Issar trying to kill Iqbaal(Kid) and breaking hands of Mama. 4. Iqbaal(Amitabh) Entry scene 5. Coolie on Strike 6. Strike ends and "Saari duniya ka bhoj" song. 7. Mujhe Peene Ka Shaunk Nahi Song 8. Amitabh and Rishi first confrontation 9. Lambu Ji Tingu Ji Song 10. Iqbaal taking coolies to Puri and Vicky house 11. Iqbaal kidnapping Rati and Omelet scene 12. Umbrella Scene and Amitabh proposing Rati 13. Rati Confession of love to Amitabh followed by "Dono Jawani Ki Masti" Song 14. Coolies getting their Home and Chitfund fight scene where Amitabh hurt 15. Amitabh met his mother Salma 16. Salma shot bullet and Hazi Ali sequence 17. Rishi get to know about his identity. 18. Amitabh electing and Climax speech sequence between Amitabh, Zafar and Salma. 19. Climax fight and Amitabh shot bullets 20. Amitabh rescued and saved .. and his final thanks to Audience.

Background score and Music is another high point .. Specially BG music during Amitabh Entry scene and Climax scene when he was shot dead .. is SUPERB.

I can watch Coolie umpteen number of times .. this is wholesome timeless entertainer. A MUST watch for all Bollywood and masala movies fans. Best Masala movie ever made .. even better than Amar Akbar Anthony.

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