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A workaholic businessman neglects his only son after his wife's death. The son grows up to be a rebellious alcoholic.


Prakash Mehra


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Credited cast:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Vicky Kapoor
Bharat Bhushan Bharat Bhushan ... Masterji
Chandrashekhar ... Advocate Saxena
C.S. Dubey C.S. Dubey ... Father of prospective bride
Rajan Haksar Rajan Haksar
A.K. Hangal ... Meena's Blind Father
Dinesh Hingoo ... Neighbour calling police in the song "De de pyar de"
Jankidas Jankidas ... Rustom Bandukwala
Pinchoo Kapoor Pinchoo Kapoor ... Father of prospective bride
Satyendra Kapoor ... Govardhandas
Viju Khote ... Mr. Nahata
Mukri Mukri ... Natthulal
Suresh Oberoi ... Abdul
Deepak Parashar Deepak Parashar ... Inspector Anwar
Smita Patil ... Guest Appearance in Song "Jahan Char Yaar Mil Jaye"


In lieu of love and affections from his multi-millionaire father, Amarnath Kapoor; Vicky is instead serve brandy. Amarnath is interested in materializing his businesses to greater heights leaving the needs of his son to be completed by Munshi Phoolchand thus Vicky grows up to be an alcoholic and utilizes every opportunity to scuffs and insult his father. While Amarnath wants a wealthy spouse for Vicky he is attracted to a poor woman, Meena and decides he will only get marry to her. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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Release Date:

18 May 1984 (India) See more »

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Sharabi See more »

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Prakash mehra got a camera which can be used for shooting than there is no need for dubbing. It was used in this film. Om prakash got an award for best performance in this film.composer bappi lahiri his 2nd film with amitabh. The script of this film was given to kader khan 4 months before the shooting started so he could concentrate more, thats why the dialogues are very good. After this film amitabh bachchan was turn director with a film tittled ' ek gunaah aur sahi ' to be produced by prakash mehra, but then amitabh entered politics and film was shelved. See more »


When Amitabh Bachchan goes to Police Inspector Anwar's house for a party, the calendar in his house shows the date January 12. Later when Munshiji is in hospital on his death bed, the calendar shows December 1983. It is impossible that it has been almost a year since the two scenes are supposed be just days apart. See more »


[repeated line]
Vicky Kapoor: If you want to have a moustache, keep it like Mr. Natthulal, or else don't!
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Remade as Tumsa Nahin Dekha (2004) See more »


Manzilen apni jagah hain, raaste apni jagah
Sung by Kishore Kumar
Music by Bappi Lahiri
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A Masala Tale Of An Alcoholic
29 August 2009 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

The 80s is known as one of the worst decade for Indian 'masala' films. However, there are a few exceptions and 'Sharaabi' is one of them. While watching the movie one ought to keep in mind that 'Sharaabi' is a 'masala' movie and thus it ought not to be taken too seriously (a mistake many have made). It has all the masala ingredients that make a successful entertainer.

Prakash Mehra's screenplay is quite interesting. It is overall melodramatic but on a level that works. Kader Khan's dialogues are outstanding. This multitalented individual, known mostly for his comedic acting talent creates his words with a mix of philosophy, poetry and humour.

Then there's Bappi Lahiri's memorable soundtrack with its catchy tunes and fantastic lyrics. The soundtrack is an eclectic mixture of different kinds of songs. Before rewatching it recently, I had last seen the film more than 20 years ago but the songs still stayed in mind. My favourite track is 'Inteha Hogayi Intezaar Ki' while 'Jahan Chaar Yaar', 'Tujhe Naulakkha' and 'De De Pyaar De' are a few nostalgic numbers that brought a smile. The songs are nicely visualized such that they are amusing and captivating (mostly because of Jaya's beauty) and appear during suitable moments of the film. There's also a hilarious item song with Smita Patil.

Amitabh Bachchan succeeds in portraying an alcoholic spoilt brat. Vicky couldn't have been an easy part to play and many Hindi film actors tend to go over the top in portraying a drunken man but Bachchan balances it well. Om Prakash delivers a moving performance and Pran plays his part to the T. Jaya Prada is a sight to behold and she reminds the viewer that she's a good actress and an incredibly graceful dancer.

'Sharaabi' is about 3 hours of entertainment. What makes this one particularly stand out are the dialogues and music. The performances and Jaya Prada's beauty are a bonus. This is proof further that there are a few worthwhile masala films of the 80s.

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