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C.J. Pavri (screenplay)
Rahi Masoom Reza (dialogue)
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Release Date:
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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160 min

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic. Underrated movie, 30 November 2008
Author: Liakot Ali from London

This film came out the year i was born in 1985 and i saw it on 2005 when i was 20. At the time i wasn't familiar with Rati Agnihotri cos I've only seen Coolie 30 times. I've seen her in very few films like Boxer and Zindagani and the recent Hum Tum and Yeh hai Jalwa. After watching Tawaif i have realised that she was a amazing actress. She is beautiful and talented and enacted the role of a tawaif (prostitute) superbly. This movie is among Bollywood's underrated films which won only 2 awards that year. Rishi Kapoor delivers a good performance, Poonam is alright, kader Khan is good in a brief role, but Rati stole the show. I rate this film highly as it has a little comedy, Family drama, emotions and romance.

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