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Ishwar is a simple-minded and honest young man, devout and religious, he cares for everybody. He meets with a young widow with a son and marries her. This story is about him and his trials and triumphs.


K. Viswanath (as K. Vishwanath), Rajesh Malik (co-director)


Achala Nagar (dialogue) (as Dr. Achla Nagar), K. Viswanath (screenplay) (as K. Vishwanath) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anil Kapoor ... Ishwarchand Vishnunath Brahmanand
Vijayshanti ... Lalita (as Vijaya Shanti)
Vinod Mehra ... Ramesh
Asha Sachdev ... Dhanno
Shammi ... Sumitra (Dadi)
Bharti Achrekar ... Ramesh's wife (as Bharati Achrekar)
Sadashiv Amrapurkar ... Tolaram
Saeed Jaffrey ... Masterji
Gulshan Grover ... Natwarlal
Agha ... Tolaram's father-in-law
Jayshree Gadkar ... (as Jayashri Gadkar)
Vikram Gokhale ... Lalita's father-in-law (as Vikram Gokhle)
Rakesh Pandey
Kamal Joshi Kamal Joshi
Anita Anita


Ishwar is a simple-minded and honest young man, devout and religious, he cares for everybody he comes in contact with. But alas nobody really likes him and think him as intellectually disabled. Living an unconventional life, he takes pity on a widow named Lalita, with a young son, and marries her, much to the shock of the community. Ishwar now has a monumental task, to look after his new bride, and ensure his step-son gets the required education and skills to fend for himself. Will the community let Ishwar succeed? Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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K Vishwanath and Mallikarjun Rao had signed Anil Kapoor for a film. They narrated 3 scripts to him and he did not like any. Anil had seen the original film Swathi Muthiam and wanted to do the film. But he felt it would go against his star image and he was too young for the role. Meanwhile Anil had invited Raj Kapoor over for a housewarming party . Anil knew that Raj Kapoor wanted Kamal Hasaan for the role. But at the party Raj Kapoor told Anil he would he perfect for the film. This confused Anil as he knew Kamal Hassan was about to do the film in Hindi with Raj Kapoor. Finally the deal with Raj Kapoor fell thru and Anil approached K Vishwanath about the film. Anil promised to do the film for half his market price. Boney Kapoor also saw the film and encouraged Anil to do the film in Hindi. See more »


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Anil Kapoor at his very best!
15 March 2003 | by anilkfanSee all my reviews

One of the many 'career' defining roles from Anil Kapoor and one of the best in hindi cinema in general... The movie was supposed to be directed by Raj Kapoor to start with, but the moment never came as the Raj Kapoorji passed away... But the great K Viswanath(the one who directed the original Swathi Muthayam) took over and recreated the magic and delivered a classic! The character of EEshwar was right out of Raj Kapoor's books and as originally perceived by him.Those who have seen the movie would notice the way K Viswanath pays his tribute to Raj Kapoor at the start of the movie just as the R K Films have it. Anil Kapoor once again reminds of Raj Kapoor in this character portrayal, just as he did it with Woh Saat Din...At the same time, the displayed the part of a mentally challenged person as good as anybody has done it before and something which was associated with Sanjeev Kumar(Khilona). The movie is full of classic moments, the best one being the climax where the "tulsi" is what Anil wants to take with him! Great performance by Vijayashanti and she deserves an applause too. good support by Saeed Jaffrey, Gulshan Grover and others.

10 out of 10.

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24 February 1989 (India) See more »

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