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Laawaris (1981)

A man, abandoned as a baby and forced to live as an orphan, is unknowingly employed by his biological father.


Prakash Mehra


Shashi Bhushan (screenplay), Kader Khan (dialogue) (as Kadar Khan) | 3 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Heera
Zeenat Aman ... Mohini
Rakhee Gulzar ... Vidya
Amjad Khan ... Ranvir Singh
Bindu ... Kamini
Ranjeet ... Mahendar Singh
Padmini Kapila ... Padma
Jeevan ... Lala
Mukri ... Gaffoor Bhai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vikas Anand ... Beggar (song "Jiska Koi Nahin")
Mumtaz Begum ... Mohini's grandmother
R.S. Chopra R.S. Chopra ... Private Teacher
Goga Kapoor ... Phuga
Satyendra Kapoor ... Kailash Nath
Viju Khote ... Manager who insisted Hira for his father's name


Left in the care of an alcoholic Gangu Ganpat (Shreeram Lagoo), young Heera, who named himself after a stray dog, wrestles with life in his young age. Years later, now a young man (Amitabh Bachchan), he works for Mahendar Singh (Ranjeet) and is in love with Mohini (Zeenat Aman), who will not have anything to do with him due to his lack of ancestry. Heera is now determined to find out who his parents are, and the only one who can help him is the elusive, alcohol-induced and incoherent Gangu Ganpat. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Drama | Action | Musical


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Did You Know?


The Amitabh Bachchan version of 'Mere angne mein' was a last minute addition to the film. See more »


In the famous dog scene where Amitabh feeds the dog a hot chili, Zeenat Aman enters the restaurant with 2 unexplained mark blemishes on her face. Possibly from a previously edited out scene in the movie. As the scene progresses into a song, Zeenat's blemish mysteriously disappears. See more »


Referenced in Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) See more »


Apni To Jaise Taise
Performed by Kishore Kumar & Annette Pinto
Music by Kalyanji Veerji Shah & Anandji Veerji Shah
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The Big B does drag
25 June 2003 | by kinaidosSee all my reviews

This is a Bollywood film titled "The Orphan". Thus the plot is a given: our hero will follow a winding road toward the ultimate discovery of his true father, and along the way he will discover his true nature. Alienation will be undone by solidarity. The poor and downtrodden will have their champion. One love interest will meet her untimely demise, and another will have her man.

Our first glimpse of our hero as an adult is as a walking trope of machismo: coveralls open to the waist revealing a chest of dark black hair. One of our final glances reveals a side of the big B that I surely did not expect. The penultimate musical number features Amitabh in drag, with five costume changes, and he's damned good at it. The film is worth the watch for this sequence alone.

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22 May 1981 (India) See more »

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