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Porter (1983)

Coolie (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 2 December 1983 (India)
When Iqbal gets separated from his mother and brother by a flood, he becomes a coolie at Mumbai railway station. He then fights for the coolies rights and faces challenges from a businessman.


Smt. Jeevanprabha M. Desai (idea) (as Smt. J.M. Desai), Kader Khan (dialogue) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Iqbal A. Khan
Waheeda Rehman ... Salma
Rishi Kapoor ... Sunny
Rati Agnihotri ... Julie D'Costa
Shoma Anand ... Deepa Iyengar
Suresh Oberoi ... Vicky Puri
Om Shivpuri ... Mr. Om Puri
Satyendra Kapoor ... Aslam (as Satyen Kappu)
Nilu Phule ... Nathu (Mama)
Goga Kapoor ... Goga (as Goga)
Puneet Issar ... Bob
Mukri ... Mr. Iyengar
Shubha Khote ... Mrs. Savitri Iyengar (as Shobha Khote)
Krishan Dhawan Krishan Dhawan ... Maula Saab
Ashalata Wabgaonkar ... Parvati (Nathu's wife) (as Ashalata)
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After Naseeb Coolie was announced but the actual started after Desh Premee. See more »


When Iqbal is explaining to the Railway Minister that one of his porters was assaulted by one of the commuters, there is a yellow stick in front of him which moves with him. See more »

Crazy Credits

At the shot where Amitabh Bachchan actually got hurt and had serious injury, a card appear reading the same. See more »


Jawani ki rail kahin chhoot na
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Music by Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar & Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma
Performed by Shabbir Kumar & Anuradha Paudwal
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Watch it just for Amitabh, and you won't be disappointed..
3 April 2010 | by prabhat-shukla-1987See all my reviews

well, we all know that Manmohan Desai's movies are completely devoid of logic but yet are entertaining and paisa wasool. Coolie is remembered for Amitabh's unfortunate accident which gave the movie a lot of publicity.

The movie is pretty entertaining,but would come after Amar Akbar Anthony,Naseeb,Suhaag and Parvarish among other Amitabh and Manmohan Desai movies.

The action and comedy scenes are good. Amitabh is excellent as usual, specially his introductory scene is awesome,Waheeda Rehman is pretty good,Kader Khan is alright,Rishi Kapoor does not has much to do,Rati Agnihotri looks beautiful and does a good job. Rest of the cast is just OK, but the guy who plays Amitabh's uncle ,a coolie himself who brings him up does a very good job.

Direction by Manmohan Desai is not at par with his previous work and there are certain parts in the second half of the movie where too many coincidences start taking place,and logic takes a complete backseat which is a bit much even for a Manmohan Desai film.

The music by Laxmikant Pyarelal is average and some songs come as a hindrance in the story narrative, with the song "saari duniya ka bojh" being the best one, which shows the problems faced by coolies in their day to day life

A DECENT AND ENJOYABLE ONE TIME WATCH mainly due to Amitabh's powerhouse performance as the macho coolie iqbal which is the primary reason that this movie became the biggest superhit of 1983.

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