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Loosely based on Dudley Moore's 'Arthur'. Amithabh plays a spoilt but generous hearted drunk son of an extremely rich and uncaring father. Om Prakash plays the surrogate father and Jaya ... See full summary »

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Natthulal
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Deepak Parashar ...
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Loosely based on Dudley Moore's 'Arthur'. Amithabh plays a spoilt but generous hearted drunk son of an extremely rich and uncaring father. Om Prakash plays the surrogate father and Jaya Pradha provides the romantic liason. Written by Baba Bedi <bedi27@yahoo.com>

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Smita Patil made a cameo in the song Jahaan Chaar Yaar. See more »

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When Amitabh Bachchan goes to Police Inspector Anwar's house for a party, the calendar in his house shows the date January 12. Later when Munshiji is in hospital on his death bed, the calendar shows December 1983. It is impossible that it has been almost a year since the two scenes are supposed be just days apart. See more »

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Vicky Kapoor: If you want to have a moustache, keep it like Mr. Natthulal, or else don't!
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De de pyaar de pyaar de
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A Masala Tale Of An Alcoholic
29 August 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

The 80s is known as one of the worst decade for Indian 'masala' films. However, there are a few exceptions and 'Sharaabi' is one of them. While watching the movie one ought to keep in mind that 'Sharaabi' is a 'masala' movie and thus it ought not to be taken too seriously (a mistake many have made). It has all the masala ingredients that make a successful entertainer.

Prakash Mehra's screenplay is quite interesting. It is overall melodramatic but on a level that works. Kader Khan's dialogues are outstanding. This multitalented individual, known mostly for his comedic acting talent creates his words with a mix of philosophy, poetry and humour.

Then there's Bappi Lahiri's memorable soundtrack with its catchy tunes and fantastic lyrics. The soundtrack is an eclectic mixture of different kinds of songs. Before rewatching it recently, I had last seen the film more than 20 years ago but the songs still stayed in mind. My favourite track is 'Inteha Hogayi Intezaar Ki' while 'Jahan Chaar Yaar', 'Tujhe Naulakkha' and 'De De Pyaar De' are a few nostalgic numbers that brought a smile. The songs are nicely visualized such that they are amusing and captivating (mostly because of Jaya's beauty) and appear during suitable moments of the film. There's also a hilarious item song with Smita Patil.

Amitabh Bachchan succeeds in portraying an alcoholic spoilt brat. Vicky couldn't have been an easy part to play and many Hindi film actors tend to go over the top in portraying a drunken man but Bachchan balances it well. Om Prakash delivers a moving performance and Pran plays his part to the T. Jaya Prada is a sight to behold and she reminds the viewer that she's a good actress and an incredibly graceful dancer.

'Sharaabi' is about 3 hours of entertainment. What makes this one particularly stand out are the dialogues and music. The performances and Jaya Prada's beauty are a bonus. This is proof further that there are a few worthwhile masala films of the 80s.


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