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Mashaal (1984)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Family | 9 February 1984 (India)
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A chain of events changes Raja's life - from black marketer to journalist to an underworld Don and a Racketeer in order to combat Vardhan.

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Yash Chopra

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Javed Akhtar (dialogue), Javed Akhtar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anil Kapoor ... Raja
Dilip Kumar ... Vinod Kumar
Waheeda Rehman ... Sudha Kumar
Rati Agnihotri ... Geeta
Amrish Puri ... S.K. Vardhan
Saeed Jaffrey ... Kishorilal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohan Agashe ... Keshav
Vikas Anand ... Inspector
Avtar Gill ... Mohan
Gulshan Grover ... Munna
Iftekhar ... Doctor
Annu Kapoor ... Nagesh (Cameo)
Harish Magon Harish Magon ... Damodar
Alok Nath ... Dinesh (Editor)
Nilu Phule ... Vithal Rao
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Storyline

MASHAAL is a story about Vinod (Dilip Kumar) an honest, fearless editor of an outspoken newspaper, Raja (Anil Kapoor) a man from the slums who takes to black marketing to make his living and Vardhan (Amrish Puri) who is a powerful and respected figure of the city whose cloak of respectability hid all the social evils. In an attempt to combat Vardhan, life ends up differently for Vinod and Raja. Written by Official Source

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Action | Drama | Family

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

9 February 1984 (India) See more »

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Yash Raj Films See more »
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Anil was cast as one of the friends (Gulshan Grover, Madan Jain). This is when was Kamal Hassan was under consideration. When he dropped out, Anil was bumped up on the recommendation of Javed Aktar and Shabana Azmi. See more »

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Referenced in Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986) See more »

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O Holi Aayee, Holi Aayee Dekho
Performed by Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Mahendra Kapoor
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Music by Hridaynath Mangeshkar
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Mashaal - The 'Blazing' Torch
9 October 2005 | by Loose_CanonSee all my reviews

There are very few Hindi films that impress me and Mashaal is one of those few. The highlights were, of course, a powerhouse performance by Dilip Kumar, a well-grounded finely etched portrayal of a youth from the slums by Anil Kapoor and a sinister yet commendable performance by Amrish Puri as SK Vardhan. But what really stood out for me, personally, in this movie were the very real and strong female characters played by Waheeda Rehman and Rati Agnihotri. I strongly feel that there was a genuine effort on the part of these two versatile actresses to break away from the quintessential Hindi film stereotypes of MAA and HEROINE. So, while you had a very pregnant Waheeda standing by her husband in his fight against injustice, you also had an educated Rati Agnihotri encouraging her beau Anil Kapoor to continue his further education while she stays back and helps Dilip Kumar in his fearless journalistic pursuits. I mean, how many contemporary Hindi movies can you remember where the women characters had such a purposeful and strong portrayal of the all-important roles of mother and fiancée. Sadly, such roles and performances are scarce in our industry. The directors of today ought to take a leaf out of Yash Chopra's directorial life and give back to Cinema some more of these powerful female characters and maybe help the medium which has been reduced to commercial glorification of such strong influences on the life of the male species.


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