7.7/10
288
5 user

Namkeen (1982)

| Drama, Family
Dhaniram brings a trucker named Gerulal to Jugni's house so that he can rent a room. Jugni lives in dilapidated house with three young daughters, all of whom are of marriage age. The eldest... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Parichay (1972)
Drama | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In desperate need of a job, unemployed Ravi (Jeetendra) goes to his maternal uncle (A.K. Hangal) and aunt (Leela Mishra) in their village for a few days. His uncle decides that he can be a ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar
Stars: Jeetendra, Jaya Bhaduri, Pran
Mere Apne (1971)
Musical | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Anandi Devi is an old widow living in her village she is bought to the city by her distant relative Arun. Anandi Devi realizes that Arun and his wife wanted to keep her as a maid following ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar
Stars: Meena Kumari, Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha
Khubsoorat (1980)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Nirmala Gupta runs her household and family in a very strict and authoritarian manner. While most of her family resent this, they do obey her and carry out her instructions, so as to be on ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Stars: Ashok Kumar, Rekha, Rakesh Roshan
Masoom (1983)
Drama | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A happy family goes through turbulent times because of a big mistake by one of the family members.

Director: Shekhar Kapur
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Tanuja
Khushboo (1975)
Musical | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Kusum and Brindavan are two small children living in a small village in India. Both love each other, and decide to marry when they grow up. Kusum has his name tattooed on her arm. But fate ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar
Stars: Jeetendra, Hema Malini, Durga Khote
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Chandan (Sachin) lives with his elder brother and uncle. One day while going across the river to get some medications for his uncle, he meets with Gunja (Sadhana Singh), and both eventually... See full summary »

Director: Govind Moonis
Stars: Inder Thakur, Mitali, Savita Bajaj
Kinara (1977)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Gulzar
Stars: Jeetendra, Hema Malini, Dharmendra
Guddi (1971)
Drama | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A teenage girl will not accept her family's attempt to arrange a marriage for her, as her heart is currently too full of love for the movies and heartthrob actor "Dharmendra."

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Stars: Dharmendra, Jaya Bhaduri, Sumita Sanyal
Silsila (1981)
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Can an unconventional love that runs afoul of societal expectations survive?

Director: Yash Chopra
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Jaya Bhaduri
Ghar (1978)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Vikas, the son of a successful lawyer defies his father's arrangement for him to be married; and marries his sweetheart Aarti. They enjoy the bliss of marriage, breaking away from the ... See full summary »

Directors: Manik Chatterjee, Gulzar
Stars: Vinod Mehra, Rekha, Prema Narayan
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Young Biniya lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in the mountainous and snowy region of Himachal Pradesh in India along with her widowed mom and wrestler brother. She entertains ... See full summary »

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Stars: Pankaj Kapur, Shreya Sharma, Deepak Dobriyal
Bawarchi (1972)
Comedy | Musical | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Squabbling Sharma family has a dubious reputation of not having any cook last there for more than a few months. Word spreads out about this family to such an extent that no person wants to ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Jaya Bhaduri, Usha Kiran
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Gerulal
...
Nimki
...
Mitthu
Kiran Vairale ...
Chinki
...
Jyoti (Jugni)
T.P. Jain ...
Dhaniram
Kamaldeep
Bhag Singh
Ranvir
Ashish Chatterji
Baldev Mehta
Yash Sharma
Edit

Storyline

Dhaniram brings a trucker named Gerulal to Jugni's house so that he can rent a room. Jugni lives in dilapidated house with three young daughters, all of whom are of marriage age. The eldest is Mimki, followed by Mithu, and Chinki. Her husband is an alcoholic and wayward, and comes home every few weeks. Jugni past was sordid and involved dancing in a brothel. Jugni and her daughters labor for a living. Gerulal gets settled in, and becomes part of this family. Then when he gets news of his maternal grandmother's passing, he leaves and does not return for several months. When he returns, nothing and no one is the same anymore. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Family

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rekha was the first choice for the role of Namki, which was played eventually by Sharmila Tagore. Waheeda Rehman was allegedly not very happy with this change, since she now had to play mother to one of her contemporaries. See more »

Soundtracks

Raah Pe Rahte Hai
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Performed by Kishore Kumar
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Characters of Flavour
4 July 2010 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Ah, Gulzar! The poet and the filmmaker, above all, an artiste in the truest sense. What sets 'Namkeen' apart from his other works is that this one has a more Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Shyam Benegal feel to it rather than the Gulzar signature. It is one of his lesser known films. 'Namkeen' too is a story of unfulfilled love (like 'Ijaazat', 'Aandhi' and 'Mausam') but here the story is given a more slice of life treatment, a glimpse into the characters' life, rather than having it 'follow a plot'.

'Namkeen' has a lyrical feel to it (a common factor in Gulzar's movies) and the landscape (I'm assuming it's in Darjeeling) is breathtaking. The characters are easy to relate to and endearing. There are only about two or three songs but they are beautifully visualized and the lyrics are mesmerizing.

Gulzar beautifully displays Jyoti and her three daughters' struggle to get by every day. These are poor people and their daily concern is winning bread and other necessary requirements such as oil. They don't have time to fall in love but that doesn't mean that they don't have dreams. A voiceless Mitthu expresses her words in poetry while the youngest Chimki is a vivacious spirit. Nimki is the eldest one who keeps the family together as she takes care of all the household activities and makes sure that all the requirements are met while the hardworking mother, Jyoti, is at work all day. Gerulal brings a pleasant change to their lives.

Sanjeev Kumar, once again, plays a part only he could do justice to. Waheeda Rehman is barely recognizable. Not only does she look different but even her voice is distinct from what we're familiar with. She's clearly a master of her craft. The same can be said of Sharmila Tagore and Shabana Azmi who are nothing short of remarkable. Kiran Vairale is vivacious as the lively young Chimki.

'Namkeen' is one of Gulzar's most underrated works and it is a treat to watch. Thanks to Gulzar for giving us a glimpse of the lives of these colourful characters.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?

Top Rated and Trending Indian Movies

Check out the Indian movies with the highest ratings from IMDb users, as well as the movies that are trending in real time.