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Sujit Kumar ...
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Pinchoo Kapoor ...
Suraj
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Praveen Paul
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Master Ravi
Master Tito ...
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Master Avinash
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Mangal Singh (Rajesh Khanna) has been a career criminal, whose criminal career began to steal food and to keep from starving, and thence got him in deeper and deeper in the criminal world. His crimes have caught up with him and he is sentenced to be hanged. He dramatically escapes with the help of underworld don, Suraj (Pinchoo Kapoor), and is on the run from the police. He lands up in a small village in Northern India, and becomes a school-teacher with the help of local restauranteur, Bijli (Mumtaz). He takes on the identity of Ramu, a friend of Shravan, and goes to live with Shravan's parents, Lalaji (Om Prakash) and Malti (Nirupa Roy), little knowing that they are the parents of a man he killed while escaping from the police. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Jeetendra did a small appearancence in the song "yeh jo public hai". In real life jeetendra and Rajesh khanna were good friends and it was Rajesh Khanna who helped Jeetendra for his debut. See more »

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Entertaining film
26 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

Roti was the last film from the rajesh khanna-manmohan desai combo. Pity, MD did not work with kaka again.

The story is of a man's struggle for food (roti) & the lengths he will go to get it. The opening scenes takes you by surprise where kaka escapes from jail.

It then moves to the village where the developments happen leading to a riveting climax. Music is good & direction is racy.

All the artists have done their roles well. Mumtaz is lively & looks beautiful. As usual her chemistry with kaka is excellent.

I have always felt that she is kaka's best pair & roti proves that.

Rajesh khanna, though overweight puts in a delightful performance. He looks smart in glasses & his dialogue delivery is excellent, specially in the climax.

MD is a director who makes typical potboilers (his films with amitabh) but here, his screenplay his at least some sense in it.

Also, in MD's movies, his heroes do not die in the end, but here both the hero & the heroine die.

It was a huge hit when it released & I always wonder why MD & kaka never worked together again.

In summary, a movie which will entertain you whenever you watch it.


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