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Destiny and Fate (1981)

Naseeb (original title)
A lottery ticket changes the lives of four friends.


Manmohan Desai


Kader Khan (screenplay), Prayag Raj (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... John Jaani Janardhan
Shatrughan Sinha ... Vicky (Vikram)
Rishi Kapoor ... Sunny
Hema Malini ... Asha
Reena Roy ... Julie
Kim ... Kim
Amjad Khan ... Damu (Damodar)
Kader Khan ... Raghu (Raghuvir)
Prem Chopra ... Raghu's eldest son
Shakti Kapoor ... Ashok
Pran ... Namdev
Amrish Puri ... Don
Raj Kapoor ... Self
Shammi Kapoor ... Self
Dharmendra ... Self


Naseeb, a story of destiny and fate, begins with a lottery ticket. A drunk who cannot pay his tab trades his 'winning' ticket to the waiter, Namdev (Pran), instead. Namdev decides to share this ticket with his three friends Damu (Amjad Khan), Raghu (Kader Khan) and Jaggi (Jagdish Raj). But when it turns out to actually be a winner, Damu and Ragu turn on the other two, murdering Jaggi and framing Namdev. Namdev goes on the run but Raghu and Damu intervene and throw him over a bridge into a river and Namdev is presumed dead. However he is rescued by a don (Amrish Puri) but no one is aware he is alive. Fast forward to ten years later - Damu and Raghu have used their stolen lottery money to build a fabulous hotel and make millions becoming very successful businessmen. Damu has used a share of his money to send his only son, Vicky (Shatrughan Sinha) to school in England. They have even employed Namdev's oldest son Johnny (Amitabh Bachchan), Vicky's best friend, as a waiter in the hotel. By... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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For filming the song "John Jaani Janardan" two similar sets were built, as there were number of guest film stars were involved. Amitabh used to rehearse on the other set to save time. See more »


Damushar(Amjad Khan) spots the shooter atop the mountain without any binoculars and recognizes him as Ashok(Shakti Kapoor). Infact, Ashok is too far to be recognized by the naked eye. See more »


Vicky (Vikram): In our country, girls look beautiful wearing clothes, not while removing them.
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Referenced in Allah-Rakha (1986) See more »


Zindagi Imthihaan Leti Hai
Performed by Kamlesh Avasthi, Anwar & Suman Kalyanpur
Music by Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar & Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
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In a word, entertaining. Don't look for plotline though.
2 June 2001 | by gulabiSee all my reviews

This is a movie that is best seen for people who want entertainment. The plotline is average (standard for a Hindi action blockbuster), but the action scenes are definitely novel ones for Hindi movies. I have not seen them repeated elsewhere in Hindi cinema. If you are a fan of martial arts or Western action movies though, you might recognize the elements.

It is the actors and the music that are the real backbone of the movie. Unfortunately, the camerawork shows you how they have aged and reveals any excessive makeup. Amitabh is in classic form, and Rishi Kapoor shows you why he deserves the title of "The Dancing Kapoor", esp. in the final song sequence "Rang Jamake". This is an excellent song sequence and will remind you of the final song sequence in "Amar, Akbar, Anthony".

The music is wonderful, not too much of it and not bizarre in execution on screen. I had not heard these songs in over 10 years, and they still sound very good.

An unusual aspect of this movie is there is very little in the way of romantic scenes. Hema Malini has the role of a woman who is not helpless.

Strong-willed is one thing, but ability to defend yourself physically is an added dimension, a welcome one. There is also nothing in the way of the extended woman-abuse (rape, slapping, beating, etc.) scenes you see in Hindi movies. Heck, even the violence is toned down. So this film is probably more suitable for family viewing.

Overall, I would say a 7 out of 10. ("Amar, Akbar, Anthony" by comparison would be an 8.5 out of 10, to give you an idea.)

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