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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony / Tarun Kumar
Father Fernandez (as Dr. Sreeram Lagoo)
Inspector Lawrence
Major Anand
Vijay Kumar
(as Vijoo Khote)
Makarnai ...
(as Makrani)


Tony's daughter Mary gets intimate with a college friend. When he refuses to marry Mary even on Tony's insistence, he is killed by mistake. Shortly after this, the police come looking for Tony, to charge him with murder, and Tony disappears. Mary gives birth to a daughter, Lily, and lives with Dr. Shambhunath and his wife. Years later, Tarun Kumar enters Mary's life and identifies himself as Tony. Mary is delighted and relieved. Unfortunately for Tony, Police Inspector Lawrence also recognizes him, and it is then Tony must decide to run away again or face arrest and imprisonment. Written by rAjOo (

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Release Date:

3 November 1978 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Agapi potismeni me dakrya  »

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Remake of Gnana Oli (1972) See more »


Chand Churake Laya Hoon
Lyrics by Gulzar
Music R D Burman
Sung by Kishore-Lata
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A sensitive saga involving Christian characters
24 December 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Devta(god) is the story of Tony(Sanjeev Kumar) who is grief-stricken due to the untimely demise of his beloved wife Lily(Shabaana Aazmi) and fostering his affectionate daughter, Mary(Shabaana Aazmi in double role). Mary gets pregnant through an irresponsible youth(Benjamin Gilani) who refuses to marry her and gets accidentally killed in the hands of Tony in the consequential spat. Tony who has been sentenced for imprisonment by the court, comes to know that Mary has committed suicide. Now he decides to fulfill a dream of his mentor, Late Father Fernandez(Dr. Sreeram Laagoo), considering it as the aim of his remaining life and runs away from the custody of police inspector Lawrence(Danny Dengjongpa) who is his close friend also, alongwith his total savings put under the custody of Father Fernandez .

Years later, Tony is found by Lawrence but now in a different form and under a different name. Now he is known as a rich businessman, Tarun Kumar. Not only Lawrence, but Tony's daughter, Mary who had actually been saved by a kind family, also comes across him. He is glad to see his daughter alive and even gladder to see that his granddaughter, Lily(Saarika) is also grown-up now and is in love with Lawrence's son, George(Rakesh Roshan). Tony, who has already suffered a lot in his erstwhile life, now wants to see the happiness of his next generations to his heart's content. However Lawrence is hell-bent upon arresting his fugitive and washing the years-old stigma of allowing his friend to flee away from police custody, from his name. The cat and mouse game between the cop and the fugitive convict continues till the climax when in the wedding ceremony of Lily and George, Tony takes a decision carrying the story to a logical conclusion.

I have referred to the chasing of Tony by Lawrence as a cat and mouse game but the director has, quite artistically, portrayed it as a kite hovering over a crab in a bid to catch it. And the ending scene has also been given this analogy, leaving an indelible imprint on the mind of the viewer.

The movie has a modest production value but its technical aspects are up to the mark. The narrative is fast-paced and does not allow the viewer to yawn at any place. The life of the common Christians and the role of the Church in managing their affairs have been shown quite realistically.

Gulzaar has penned highly admirable lyrics for the songs containing high literary quality and R.D. Burman has strung them into melodious compositions. Kishore-Lata duet - Chaand Chura Ke Laaya Hoon Chal Baithen Church Ke Peechhay was a chartbuster when the movie was released. My favourite song from the movie is another Kishore-Lata duet

  • Gulmohar Gar Tumhara Naam Hota, Mausam-e-Gul Ko Hansaana Bhi Hamaara

Kaam Hota. The movie contains Lata's beautiful solo - Main To Kaale Badarva Se Haari and Rafi's impressive philosophical song - Jab Ek Kaza Se Guzro To Ek Aur Kaza Mil Jaati Hai. Music is a very big plus point of this good movie.

It's the movie of Sanjeev Kumar who has carried it on his stout shoulders from the beginning to the end. From the romancing young tony to the aged person whose granddaughter's marriage takes place in the climax, he stands tall through his mesmerizing performance. Shabaana Aazmi had switched over from art cinema to commercial cinema at that time and her performance in the double role tells that irrespective of the genre of the movie, she has always been a class apart. Ditto for Danny Dengjongpa who is able to infuse life into any role. Rakesh Roshan and Saarika have not got much scope. Dr. Sreeram Laagoo impresses in the role of the priest of the church who was also the affectionate guardian and mentor of Tony.

It's a thoroughly entertaining movie with an utterly human and sensitive story. And of course, a very big treat for the fans of late Sanjeev Kumar.

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