Dushman (1971)

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Surjit Singh earns his living driving a truck, most of the time while consuming alcohol. One night he stops at Courtesan Chamelibai's, drinks, goes to bed with her, and gets up behind ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Surjit Singh / Dushmun
Mumtaz ...
Nana Palsikar ...
Ganga Din
Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi ...
Durga Prasad (as Kanhaiyalal)
Anwar Hussain ...
Timber merchant
Bindu ...
Rehman ...
Kumari Naaz ...
Kamla G. Din (as Naaz)
Abhi Bhattacharya ...
Police Inspector (as Abhi)
K.N. Singh ...
Public Prosecutor Saxena
Leela Mishra ...
Mrs. Ganga Din
Asit Kumar Sen ...
Head Constable Harishankar Chaurasia (as Asit Sen)


Surjit Singh earns his living driving a truck, most of the time while consuming alcohol. One night he stops at Courtesan Chamelibai's, drinks, goes to bed with her, and gets up behind schedule, so he rushes out, drives his truck and accidentally kills a farmer named Ram Din. He is arrested by the police, charged, and brought before the courts. The Judge finds him guilty and sentences him the maximum time under the Indian Penal Code for 100 years - with a difference, he is not to spend time in jail but must labor to look after the surviving family members of Ram Din, which include his widow, Malti; his sister, Kamla; two young sons; a crippled father Ganga Din and his blind wife. A horrified Surjit attempts to convince the Judge to change his ruling, but in vain and he is transported to his new penitentiary where he meets with hostile villagers who would rather kill him than let him toil on their sacred land. But with police protection, he is permitted to go to Ganga Din's house, where... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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"That Raw" song by Torae sampled the Title music of Dushman. See more »


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Excellent fare
9 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Dushmun is an excellent family film with an unusual story line. A truck driver who kills a person (the sole bread winner of the family) accidentally is sentenced by the Judge to serve the members of the family, instead of going to jail. Initially reluctant & loathed by the family, he gradually wins their hearts & solves their problems leading to a pleasant climax.

The film has got everything going for it - unusual story, deft screenplay, lilting music by LP & excellent direction by Dulal Guha.

The performances by the cast are superb. Meena Kumari is her usual self while Mumtaj is sprightly & Johny walker's comedy is hilarious.

But the film belongs to the Superstar Rajesh Khanna who is in his elements right through. There is a perception that Amitabh brought the concept of the angry young man to Hindi films, but looking at Kaka's performance here, we realise that it is not true. It is a pity that he did not get the Filmfare award for best actor.

The film was a super hit & rightfully so. This film will find a place in the top 10 films of Rajesh Khanna.

An all time favourite of Kaka fans.

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