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Shakti (1982)

A scrupulously honest cop refuses kidnappers' demands at grave risk to the life of his son. The son is rescued but lives forever scarred by his father's willingness to sacrifice his own son... See full summary »


Ramesh Sippy


Javed Akhtar (as Salim Javed), Salim Khan (as Salim Javed)
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dilip Kumar ... DCP Ashwini Kumar
Amitabh Bachchan ... Vijay A. Kumar
Rakhee Gulzar ... Sheetal
Smita Patil ... Roma
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... K. D. Narang
Amrish Puri ... J.K. 'JK' Verma
Vikas Anand ... Inspector Sudhakar
Jagdish Raj
Chandrashekhar ... Senior Police Officer (as Chandra Shekhar)
Neiraj Bhalla Neiraj Bhalla ... (as Niraj)
Murli Sharma ... (as Murli)
Sharat Saxena ... Loko
Master Ravi Master Ravi ... Young Vijay A. Kumar
Dalip Tahil ... Ganpat Rai (as Dilip Tahil)
Goga Kapoor ... Yeshwant


A scrupulously honest cop refuses kidnappers' demands at grave risk to the life of his son. The son is rescued but lives forever scarred by his father's willingness to sacrifice his own son for the sake of his principles. This works out to devastating effect when the son grows up to be a Mafia don, and his father is assigned the job of bringing him in. Written by joyojeet <joyojeet@hotmail.com>

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Action | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

1 October 1982 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Tatăl şi fiul See more »

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Production Co:

M.R. Productions See more »
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(1989 video release)

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Did You Know?


Salim Javed had seen a play of Raj Babbar and were very impressed with Raj Babbar's performance. They put in a good word to Ramesh Sippy and producer's Mushir Riaz, about Raj Babbar's talent. This made the producer's of Shakti to sign Raj Babbar as Dilip Kumar's son in Shakti. The distributors were not very happy with this decision. The distributors told the producers of the film that if Amitabh Bachchan was to play Dilip Kumar's son , the film would be sold for a lot more money. Mushir Riaz decided to drop Raj Babbar from the film and sign Amitabh. This would be the second time Raj Babbar was replaced in a Amitabh Bachchan film ( The first being Namak Halaal, Shashi Kapoor's role) See more »


DCP Ashwini Kumar: [answering ransom demand over the phone] Yeshwant is a criminal, and I am a police officer... I cannot let him go.
K. D. Narang: Do you understand what this could mean?
DCP Ashwini Kumar: Yes... I understand that right now my son's life is in your hands...
[conflicted pause]
DCP Ashwini Kumar: Kill him. Kill him. You can kill him, but I won't misuse my badge. No matter what you do, do you guys hear me? No matter what you do I will never violate my duty, ever.
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Referenced in Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega (2001) See more »


Manghi Thee Ik Dua Jo Qabool Ho Gai
Performed by Mahendra Kapoor
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Music on H.M.V.
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One of Amitabh's most underrated movies
22 April 2009 | by IbukSee all my reviews

I don't normally give out a 10/10 for a movie but in the case of Shakti it is very much deserved. When released in 1982 it was a financial failure but over the years it has gained a cult status. Shakti was famous for the fact that the two titans of Bollywood, Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachan starred in this movie for the first and only time. It also starred a pre fame Anil Kapoor(though he had starred in a couple of movies before Shakti). The story revolves around Policeman (Dilip Kumar),his wife(Rakhee Gulzar)and their son(Amitabh). One day Dilip Kumar arrests a man and his employers kidnap Dilip Kumar's son and tell him to let their man go or else they will kill his son. Dilip Kumar tells the kidnappers that they can do whatever they want with his son. Dilip Kumar was trying to fool the kidnappers but his plan goes awry when his son, who is still being held captive overhears him. From that point onwards he has no respect for the law, much to the disappointment of Dilip Kumar. Amitabh even gets involved with gangsters who Dilip Kumar is trying to bring to justice. The scene is set for some impactful scenes and loads of melodrama(which is what I want from a Bollywood movie). I really felt for Rakhee Gulzar who is torn between husband and son. Shakti was directed by Ramesh Sippy, the director of the massive blockbuster Sholay. The opening sequence, in which Anil Kapoor steps off the train to be greeted by his grandfather Dilip Kumar is similar to that of Sholay. Amitabh was good but it was Dilip Kumar in my opinion that stole the entire show as loyal policeman Ashwini Kumar. He steals every single scene and I consider it to be one of his best movies. The end scene is a real tearjerker and is testament to not only Dilip Kumar talents but also Amitabh Bachan's. Now onto the music, the music is simply excellent. My favourite is Mangi thi dua. I consider Shakti to be not only one of Amitabh's best movie of the 80's but I consider it to be one of the top 10 most underrated Bollywood movies ever.

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