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C.J. Pavri (screenplay)
Rahi Masoom Reza (dialogue)
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22 March 1985 (India) See more »
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Ashok Kumar ... Mr. Nigam

Rishi Kapoor ... Dawood Mohammed Ali Khan Yusuf Zahi

Rati Agnihotri ... Sultana

Poonam Dhillon ... Kaynat Mirza
Deepak Parashar ... Sulaiman (as Deepak Prashar)

Asrani ... Constable Pandya

Sushma Seth ... Amina Bai

Shammi ... Mrs. Nigam

Yunus Parvez ... Umruddin
Achala Nagar (as Achla Nagar)
Sunita Singh ... Nadira

Iftekhar ... Lala Fakirchand

Ashalata Wabgaonkar ... Kaynat's Mother (as Asha Lata)
Ashok Sharma
Deepak Sethi

Arun Bakshi ... Zafar
Manjushree (as Munjushri)
Dev Malhotra

Shashikala ... Bilquis Bai (as Shashi Kala)

Kader Khan ... Rahim Sheikh

Directed by
B.R. Chopra 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Masroor Alam  novel "Bahut Der Ker Di" (as Late Dr. Masroor Alam)
Masroor Alam  story (as Late Dr. Masroor Alam)
Satish Bhatnagar  screenplay
C.J. Pavri  screenplay
Rahi Masoom Reza  dialogue

Produced by
Naval Kumar .... executive producer
R.C. Kumar .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Dharam Chopra (director of photography) (as Dharam R. Chopra)
Film Editing by
S.B. Mane 
Art Direction by
Shanti Dass  (as Shanti Das)
Costume Design by
Sneh Julka  (as Sneh)
Kukki Malhotra  (as Kookie)
Mani J. Rabadi  (as Mani Rabadi)
Makeup Department
Chaman .... assistant makeup artist
Krishna .... assistant makeup artist
Shashi Mhatre .... makeup artist (as Shashi Mahatre)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sujata Desai .... assistant director
R.K. Sibal .... chief assistant director
Ravindra Thakur .... assistant director (as Ravi Thakur)
Art Department
Jadab Bhattacharya .... assistant art director (as Jai Deo)
Mantosh .... assistant art director
Dilip Singh .... assistant art director
Bishnu Singha .... assistant art director (as Bishnu)
Sound Department
Abdul Aziz .... assistant sound
Anoop Baijal .... assistant sound (as Anup Baijal)
B.K. Chaturvedi .... audiographer
T.R. Malhotra .... assistant sound
M.A. Shaikh .... sound re-recordist: B.R. Theatre Division
Mansoor Ali .... action coordinator (as Mansoor)
Camera and Electrical Department
Narayan Rao Das .... chief assistant camera (as Narain Rao)
Vasant Kalgutkar .... assistant camera (as V. Kalgutkar)
Amit Kapur .... assistant camera (as Amit Kapoor)
Abdul Karim .... chief electrician
Krishna .... assistant camera
Pujari .... assistant electrician
Prem Singh .... assistant electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Krishna .... wardrobe (as Kishan)
Abdul Rahim .... dress assistant
Editorial Department
Shailendra Doke .... assistant editor (as Shailedra Doke)
N.A. Kambli .... color consultant
Shashi Mane .... assistant editor
Music Department
D.O. Bhansali .... song recordist
Asha Bhosle .... playback singer
Hasan Kamal .... lyricist (as Hasan Kamaal)
Mahendra Kapoor .... playback singer
Ramanlal .... song recordist (as Raman)
Ajay Sharma .... music assistant
Gyan Verma .... music assistant
Other crew
Gopal .... production assistant
Pappu Khanna .... choreographer (as Papu Khanna)
Gopi Krishna .... choreographer (as Gopi Krishan)
Kishore Malhotra .... production controller
Ramesh Palekar .... production assistant (as Ramesh)
Avinash Parab .... production assistant (as Avinash)
Bunny Reuben .... director of publicity

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Additional Details

160 min

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This was the last film Rati Aghnihotri worked before getting married.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Allah-Rakha (1986)See more »
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Tawaif in India is synonymous with Geisha in Japan., 14 December 2013
Author: mg-gopalan from New Zealand / India

Tawaif in India is synonymous with Geisha in Japan. And yet there is so little respect or understanding among the masses. This movie raises the bar and creates an opportunity for understanding.

Art, money, power, humanity and criminal behaviour come together in this movie world of a Tawaif. The reality is a bit more harsh.

This movie is about two women; and a man. The novel that one woman writes and the man (Rishi Kapoor) helps publish becomes the story of his life. Married to one, loving the other - what will become of him?

As things go in art or in life, one wonders whether art is a reflection of life, or whether life is art.

These were the questions Rati Agnihotri asks of herself, and finds an answer.

I hope you do. I am still looking.

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