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Credited cast:
Yogeeta Bali ...
Maya Mathur
Birbal ...
Lala Satyanarayan
Mithun Chakraborty ...
Pratap Kumar Srivastav
Utpal Dutt ...
Public Prosecutor Dalal
Tarun Ghosh ...
Ranjeeta Kaur ...
Indrani R. Prasad (as Ranjeeta)
Ashok Kumar ...
Advocate Joshi
Sujit Kumar ...
Biharilal Khanna
Subroto Mahapatra ...
Bahadur Singh
Yunus Parvez ...
Bhulakiram Tripathi
Chaman Puri ...
Dayal - Landlord
Madan Puri ...
Ram Prasad
Jagdish Raj ...
Inspector Shinde
Gopal 'Gopi' Mathur (as Nasiruddin Shah)
Hari Shivdasani ...


Pratap Kumar Srivastav travels from Shyam Nagar to Bombay, and gets hired by his father's friend, Ram Prasad. He rents a room in a Chawl in Borivali's 'Asha Manzil' where his friend, Gopal Mathur, and his attractive sister, Maya, also live. Pratap's main aim is to succeed in life, earn lots of money, and buy a flat in posh Malabar Hills. He succeeds considerably, woos his boss' daughter, Indrani, and is soon promoted to the position of Deputy General Manager. On the day of his engagement to Indrani, he goes missing, and subsequently she and her dad are notified that he has been arrested, and charged with the homicide of a pregnant Maya. Written by rAjOo (

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A professional chases his dreams against the odds
31 March 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Khwaab (dream) starts with the journey of our hero - Prataap (Mithun Chakravarty) from a small town to Mumbai (then Bombay) with dreams in his eyes and enthusiasm and self-confidence filling his heart. He stumbles upon Indrani (Ranjeeta) during this journey and impresses her in this very first encounter of theirs. In Mumbai, he straightaway visits his old friend - Gopal (Nasiruddin Shah) who has nobody in the world except his younger sister - Maaya (Yogeeta Baali). Gopal works in the same factory whose employment is sought by Prataap. Unfortunately Gopal is an alcoholic and remains frustrated with his life for most of the time. Maaya gets smitten by Prataap from the very outset but Prataap does not look upon her in the same manner.

Prataap had to get the job anyway because his father has been the college-friend of the managing director of this company - Mr. Prasaad (Madan Puri) and due to the M.D.'s recommendation, the general manager of the factory - Khanna (Sujit Kumar) had no option but to recruit him as a supervisor. Now the real test starts for our hero when he is pulled down and humiliated by the old and cunning foreman - Tripathi (Yunus Parvez) who is the trusted lieutenant of the general manager. These guys are always interested in grinding their own axes instead of improving the things in the factory. Prataap comes to know about the danger to the workers' lives through the union leader - Comrade Lobo (Dinesh Thakur) and he prepares a plan of renovation and change in the factory layout. But he is shocked to see that Khanna tears his plan (which he has prepared by devoting a lot of time and energy) before his eyes and warns him 'to stay in his place'.

Now our young hero realizes that getting a professional degree and being knowledgeable is not sufficient to grow in career. He vows to settle his score with Khanna and Tripathi and make it big in the company. He visits the house of the M.D. , i.e., Mr. Prasaad on the ground of his being his father's friend and here the luck smiles at him when Indrani turns out to be Mr. Prasaad's daughter. She is fond of swimming and fortunately, our hero is a skilled swimmer. He wins the swimming contest held for the employees of the company and thereby wins the heart of first Indrani in order to find his way to the heart of his father. He gets his renovation plan passed directly through Mr. Prasaad (bypassing Khanna, the general manager) and by implementing that, impresses the board of directors of the company to this much extent that he is elevated to the post of the deputy general manager of the factory, getting a new spacious flat to move from his present residence (in the neighbourhood of Gopal) and also a car. Now Gopal feels that his old friend is distanced from him because their statuses are no longer at par. He also feels that Prataap is too selfish.

In between these developments in his career, one night Prataap happens to have sex with Maaya in a highly intoxicated state of his. He feels guilty upon coming to his senses the next morning but Maaya does not feel guilty about it because she has been in love with Prataap in her heart. What she is unaware of is the fact that Prataap is romancing with Indrani. She is shocked first to know that she is pregnant and thereafter that Prataap is going to get engaged to Indrani after becoming the general manager of the factory. Now she calls Prataap to meet her at the boat-club where they had once enjoyed boating in the lake (despite Prataap's not being a member of the boat-club). And when their boat is in the middle of the lake, Maaya falls from the same in the lake and gets drowned.

Prataap now faces the murder-charge. Gopal believes that Prataap only has murdered Maaya and thus backstabbed him. In the courtroom drama that follows, Prataap's defense lawyer - Mr. Joshi (Ashok Kumar) is pitted against the seasoned public prosecutor - Mr. Dalaal (Utpal Dutt). Indrani stands by Prataap through thick and thin and finally, he gets exonerated. However his own heart gets repose only when Gopal forgives him.

Director Shakti Saamanta who used to make movies with high profile heroes like Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan made this movie as a change with less popular actors (at least then). The script of this movie has been penned by Ranjan Bose with good application of mind and a proper study of the work culture in the Indian factories and the offices. The complete set-up is realistic but the journey of the hero to the heights of success is too fast as well as too smooth and that's why less reliable. That's unlikely in the real life.

All the four main artistes of the movie alongwith the complete supporting cast have performed satisfactorily.

Ravindra Jain's music is not excellent but two songs stand out - 1. Banjara Main Nahin Magar Mujhe Har Nai Dagar Bulaaye Apni Or which is a heart-winning journey song, 2. Ek Aas Liye Vishwaas Liye Mera Mann Manzil Ke Nishaan Dhoondhe.

A decent timepass it is.

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