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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.

Director:

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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Genres:

Action | Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

9 February 1984 (India) See more »

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Production Co:

Yash Raj Films See more »
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Zindagi Aa Raha Hoon Main
Performed by Kishore Kumar
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Music by Hridaynath Mangeshkar
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An Ageless Beauty - Simply Terrific!
24 June 2018 | by EngineerSahabSee all my reviews

Only a team of Torchbearers of Indian cinema could have justified this splendid piece of work, which goes by the title "Mashaal (Torch)". At a time when most of the filmmakers were cashing on India's newly developed taste for action packed entertainers, Yash Chopra took a daring move by bringing the subject of freedom of press to the silver screen and by roping in Dilip Kumar he also made sure that this directorial venture of his gets the attention it truly deserved. Yash Chopra succeeds in delivering this message that "when there is darkness everywhere, then the best and the only weapon one needs is a source of light i.e. Torch (Mashaal)". In this movie the newspaper is portrayed as the torch for the society and to win the marathon of life it's the ultimate responsibility of the elders of the society to make sure that the Torch that they have been carrying all their life is passed on to the mentored youth of the nation - The Ultimate Torchbearers. This movie is about hope that, even a hopeless man on a path of immorality can turn a new leaf if shown hope of a brighter future (a role brilliantly performed by Anil Kapoor). This movie also tells you that even an honest and optimistic man could become a monster if made helpless and robbed off the only thing that he lived and cared for (Dilip kumar's sensational performance as an honest reporter and a vengeful bootlegger is a treat to watch). A man's desperate attempt to save his dying wife, which I guarantee is one of the best scenes in the history of Indian cinema, will leave your heart bleeding for days.

Time will never succeed to cast its shadow upon this eternal beauty!

Disclaimer - While rating this movie I have considered the fact that this movie was made in 80's, much before The Post, Spotlight, Nightcrawler and many more of Hollywood's spectaculars which dealt with a very important subject of freedom of the press and how politicians and other influential group of people try to influence on what a common citizen gets to know.


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