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Shyam and Kamal are two school-going students who are close friends. When Kamal is unable to pay his exam fees, Shyam assists him, and as a result Kamal does well, is able to study further,... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Shyam / Rajeshwar
Jaya Prada ...
Geeta (as Jayapradha)
Shatrughan Sinha ...
S.P. Kamal
Shakti Kapoor ...
Poonam Dhillon ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bindu ...
Munnibai Heera Chand
Sudhir Dalvi ...
Iftekhar ...
Retired Judge Sinha
Bharat Kapoor ...
Pinchoo Kapoor ...
Police Commissioner
Satyendra Kapoor ...
Senior Police Inspector
Madhu Malhotra ...
Ram Mohan ...


Shyam and Kamal are two school-going students who are close friends. When Kamal is unable to pay his exam fees, Shyam assists him, and as a result Kamal does well, is able to study further, becomes an IPS Officer, and is subsequently hired as the Superintendent of Police in Delhi, while Shyam re-locates to live in Bombay. Years later, Shyam has taken to crime in a big way and is now known as Rajeshwar. He kills a politician, S.M. Dayal, who had molested and killed, Geeta, his betrothed, but the Police are unable to find evidence to arrest him. They request Kamal to intervene and arrest Rajeshwar, and as a result, Kamal, along with his wife, Shashi, and sister, Sudha, re-locate to Bombay. Kamal finds out that Rajeshwar is none other than Shyam, but does eventually arrest him for abducting and sexually molesting Shama. Shyam believes that the charges against him are false and trusts Kamal fully. But the Court finds Shyam guilty, and sentences him to seven years in jail. Betrayed and ... Written by rAjOo (

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One of the strangest movies ever made. It starts with a marvelous character which I maybe didn't see anything like it in a movie before. A millionaire who executes the lost justice for the poor people. He's handsome, loner, against the law, and deeply wounded. The man was a lover someday, but someone powerful killed his love and got away with it. So, he determined to be a rich man to get his revenge out of any injustice out there, and the police can't hold a thing against him. This character is so dramatically attractive, sort of taking the Count of Monte Cristo to the next level. Look at the way he makes banquets for the paupers so god may forgive him someway. Or how the prostitutes are his ultimate drug and point of weakness. I fell in love with such a character especially when it was portrayed by the charismatic (Dharmendra) who, at the time, was in the right age for it, and so capable of embodying the sense of sweeping inner pain. The movie had even more appeal when the police sent one of the most competent officers to hunt down the obscure keen millionaire. However, and what a surprise, the 2 men were originally an old friends since childhood. OK, at that point I believed that we were about to watch a one-of-its-kind movie; something differently thrilling, with maybe a character study, and not that Indian (namely vehemently melodramatic). But I was totally mistaken. SUDDENLY this movie transformed into something ugly. In no time, and no sense, it became another traditional revenge story in the dullest ways ever. I couldn't believe myself how this lovely story which I was watching got fabricated in idiot style, wasting all what it was having. The millionaire was framed and went to jail to come out decided on getting revenge on his friend and his family !!! This is another movie already ?! And you must get the feeling that you're watching 2 movies when you see how poor this guy has become, how his character got changed, and how this turned into the most awful Cape Fear's remake I have seen to date !! I was laughing in front of scenes like how all the matter was solved at the end when (Dharmendra) saw blood on a girl's dress… what a crap ! This screenplay lost the solid, distinct first half, lost its mind, and our time, ruining what was so propitious through a fist fighting, night club dancing, dumb killing and one unforgettably contrived ending. At start I had much admiration for the directing too. Surely it got stylish and sort of uncommon technique that reminded me of (John Frankenheimer), expressly when it came to any shot with a man aiming gun to another. But as you see, eventually I wasn't mistaken only, I was regretful too.

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