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Avtaar (1983)

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Avtaar Krishen lives a poor lifestyle with his wife, Radha, and two sons, Ramesh and Chander. He works in a factory and toils hard so that his sons can get the necessary education, and live... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Avtaar Krishen
Radha Krishen
Sachin ...
Sujit Kumar ...
A.K. Hangal ...
Rashid Ahmed
Yunus Parvez ...
Paan wala
Pinchoo Kapoor ...
Seth Laxminarayan
Chandan Krishen
Shashi Puri ...
Ramesh Krishen
Priti Sapru Walia ...
Shobha R. Krishen (as Priti Sapru)
Rajni Sharma ...
Renu C. Krishen
Madhu Malini ...
Zubeida A. Ahmed
Ranjan Grewal ...
Anwar R. Ahmed (as Ranjan Garewal)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madan Puri ...
Seth Jugal Kishore (Guest Appearance)
Master Rinku ...
Zubeida a ahmed s young son


Avtaar Krishen lives a poor lifestyle with his wife, Radha, and two sons, Ramesh and Chander. He works in a factory and toils hard so that his sons can get the necessary education, and live a better lifestyle. He gets injured and crippled while working, but is compensated adequately by his employer, Bawaji. Years later his sons have grown up. While Ramesh has married Sudha and works with a bank; Chander is wooing Renu, the only daughter of wealthy Seth Laxminarayan. When Avtaar and Radha wish to go on a tirathyatra (pilgrimage), they ask Ramesh to book tickets for them, but he tells them that he has no money. When Radha gets sick, their servant, Sewak, enters Sudha's room to get some money for her treatment, as a result Radha does get treatment, but Sudha blames them for stealing her money. Avtaar asks Ramesh and his wife to get out, only to find out that the house is now in Sudha's name. AVtaar, Radha and Sewak move out and live in a shanty hut. Their hopes are with Chander, who does... Written by rAjOo (

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Family | Drama





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Remade as O Thandri Teerpu (1985) See more »

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Melodrama of Critical Social Dimensions !
12 February 2009 | by (Lahore, Pakistan) – See all my reviews

While Amitab Bachan had ushered an era of action movies riddled with violence and was flying high as a top notch Bollywood icon; there was still some beacon light left in Rajesh Khanna to attract the cine-goers with a real life sentimental social drama which proved to be a Box office hit.

Although the ephemeral limelight stolen by Rajesh Khanna in 1983 with the simultaneous release of "Souten" and "Agar Tum Na Hote" was short lived, still he portrayed a convincingly strong role in Avtaar, when many a times he mesmerizes the audience with his originality while sublimely touching the latent strings of anguished vibes/feelings.

Mohan Kumar as director had the greatest hit of his career with the release of Avtaar. Although, Naseeruddin Shah performed very well in Masoom the same year and won the National Award, it would not be out of place to suggest that Rajesh Khanna was an equally strong contender for this award.

To recapitulate, in 1972 Rajesh Khanna was unjustly superseded by Manoj Kumar for the National Filmfare Best Actor Award for "BeIman", a crappy movie instead of the romantic, evocative and memorable portrayal by Rajesh in "Kati Patang". Nevertheless, just and fair things don't always happen in this imperfect world. The times and response of the audience is a bitter judge of decisions made with a twisted conscience.

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