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G.R. Kamath (screenplay)
Akhtar Romani (dialogue)
Ajit saves the village from the dakus (bandits); whilst having romance with Anju. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Asha Parekh ... Anju

Dharmendra ... Ajit

Vinod Khanna ... Jabbar Singh
Laxmi Chhaya ... Munnibai - Dacait / Dancer
Jayant ... Hawaldaar-Major Jaswant Singh
Asit Kumar Sen ... Motumal (Drunk) (as Asit Sen)

Sudhir ... Police Inspector
Purnima ... Mausi - VillagerMadLady
Master Bhagwan ... Chotumal (Drunk)
Uma Dutt ... Judge
Mohan Choti
Shah Agha

Birbal ... Nai (Barber)
Ravi Khanna
Sudarshan Sethi (as Sudershan Sethi)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dulari ... Mrs. Ramdin Patel (Anju's mother) (uncredited)

Directed by
Raj Khosla 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
G.R. Kamath  screenplay (as G.R. Kamat)
Akhtar Romani  dialogue

Produced by
Bolu Khosla .... producer
Lekhraj Khosla .... producer
Original Music by
Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar  (as Laxmikant)
Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma  (as Pyarelal)
Cinematography by
Pratap Sinha 
Film Editing by
Waman B. Bhosle  (as Waman Bhonsle)
Art Direction by
Ram Yedekar 
Costume Design by
Sudha Parekh  (as Mrs. Sudha Parekh)
Makeup Department
Baijnath .... makeup artist (as Baiju)
Sarla Chhaya .... hair stylist (as Sarla)
Dinu Indulkar .... makeup artist
Perin Pereira .... hair stylist (as Mrs. P. Pereira)
Sawant .... assistant makeup artist (as Datta Sawant)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sudesh Issar .... chief assistant director
Ravi Khanna .... second unit director
Mahesh .... chief assistant director
Art Department
G.D. Dixit .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Manohar Amberkar .... sound
Dinesh Chaturvedi .... assistant sound
Mangesh Desai .... sound re-recordist
Manohar Kanade .... assistant sound
Special Effects by
Ansari .... main titles: G.D. Art
Dahyabhai Patel .... special effects (as Dayabhai Patel)
Ravi Khanna .... fight composer
Camera and Electrical Department
Babu Kaiser .... still photographer
A. Majid .... assistant camera (as Majid)
Swami .... assistant camera
Kaka Thakur .... camera operator: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tanu Sakharam .... assistant costumes (as Sakaram)
Panna Ujavne .... dress (as Panna Ujavane)
Editorial Department
Achyut Gupte .... assistant color consultant
T.M. Sunder .... assistant editor
J.F.H. Van der Auwera .... color consultant
Music Department
Anand Bakshi .... lyricist: songs
Minoo Katrak .... song recordist
Lata Mangeshkar .... playback singer
Mohammad Rafi .... playback singer
Other crew
Ambalal .... outdoor manager
Mahesh Bhatt .... production controller
Suresh Bhatt .... choreographer
Agnes Fernandes .... office
Mohandas K. Gandhi .... philosophy: "If I Have To Choose Between Cowardice and Violence, I Will Choose Violence." (as Mahatma Gandhi)
Harjeet .... production assistant
Iyer .... office
Anil Khosla .... general manager
Kishore .... production assistant
Krishnamurthy .... accountant (as Krishna Murthy)
Misra .... production assistant
Manohar Naidu .... choreographer (as Naidu)
Padmanabh .... associate director
Pandit .... outdoor manager (as Mrs. Pandit)
S. Ramesh .... production assistant (as Ramesh)
Haji Shamsuddin .... junior artists supplier (as Shamsuddin Haji)
Jaswant Singh .... outdoor manager
Nandu Thakur .... public relations officer
Tikku .... outdoor manager

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"My Village, My Country" - India (English title)
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151 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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The film has many similarities with SHOLAY(1975) both having Dharmendra in the lead and also Vinod Khanna's name is Jabbar Singh similar to Gabbar Singh.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Fun all the way, 8 January 2007
Author: sandeepjoshi9-1 from India

This film is pure fun. In fact this is the picture on which great 'Sholay' was based. If Sholay had Gabbar Singh, this movie has Jabbar Singh as villain and that is Vinod Khanna, who looks every inch a bad man. Film is shot in a realistic manner and there is hardly any scope for superfluous dance sequences. Whatever music is there, is hummable. A song 'Maar diya jaye ya…'performed by Laxmi Chhaya near the end is one of the most popular melodies in Indian movie history.

Film has a good tight script, performances are also nice. The climax shot where hero Dharmendra stands in the heart of the village and challenges Jabbar Singh is scintillating. Camera work there is wonderful. Director Raj Khosla deserved to be among the very best of Bombay filmmakers of his era, it's a pity that he wasn't given his due. He has left an impressive body of work, though last few films of his career failed, yet his mark was there. This film is among his very best.

And a few words about great Laxmi Chhaya. This film has the best performance from her. She had a regrettably short film career and is not even remembered today. But see her here and you will never forget her. What a natural she was...

9 out of 10.

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