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Chamatkar (1992)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 8 July 1992 (India)
When Sunder loses everything, he seeks refuge in a graveyard, where he befriends a ghost.


Rajiv Mehra


Shaukat Baig (screenplay) (as Shauket Baig), Shaukat Baig (story) (as Shauket Baig) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Naseeruddin Shah ... Amar Kumar alias Marco
Shah Rukh Khan ... Sunder Srivastava
Urmila Matondkar ... Mala Kumar (as Urmila)
Malvika Tiwari Malvika Tiwari ... Savitri Kaul
Shammi Kapoor ... Mr. Kaul
Deven Verma ... Police Inspector P.K. Sant (as Deven Varma)
Tinnu Anand ... Kunta (as Tinu Anand)
Anjana Mumtaz ... Mrs. Kaushalya Raj Mehta
Anjan Srivastav ... Police Inspector I.M. Tripathi (as Anjan Srivastava)
Rakesh Bedi ... Moti
Johnny Lever ... Battery - Clerk / Cricket commentator
Arun Bakshi ... Upmire
Suhas Shetty Suhas Shetty ... (as Suhaas)
Guddi Maruti ... She-Girl
Ashutosh Gowariker ... Monty


Sunder Srivastava (Shah Rukh Khan) is a young graduate whose main ambition in life is to fulfil his father's dream of starting a school on his half-acre property in his village, though he has no funds to execute his plans. Sunder's childhood friend Prem, a seasoned conman who operates in Bombay, convinces the gullible Sunder to mortgage his land to the village Zamindar (landlord) and fly to Dubai. Prem promises Sunder a handsomely paying teacher's job in Dubai that would give Sunder enough money to start his school within two years. Sunder does as told and arrives in Bombay to meet Prem; not only is there no sign of his friend at the station, but Sunder also gets unwittingly involved with a petty thief who robs him of all his luggage and money. To make matters worse, when Sunder reaches Prem's lodge, he finds an apologetic letter from Prem informing him that he has used his Rs.10,000 to get himself to Dubai instead and will one day repay him. Now at the end of his tether, Sunder ... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


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Did You Know?


Hema Malini's Dil Aashna Hai (1992) was the first film Shah Rukh Khan shot for. But his first release, which became his official debut, was Raj Kanwar's Deewana (1992), which also starred Divya Bharti and Rishi Kapoor. Before both these films were released, however, Shah Rukh Khan was signed for director Rajiv Mehra's Chamatkar (1992), another important film in his career.Khan's chemistry and antics with Naseeruddin Shah's character Marco, a ghost, worked well for the film that was produced by veteran producer FC Mehra under his Eagle Films banner. But, as Umesh Mehra, filmmaker son of the late producer and brother of Rajiv, revealed, no one who saw the slightly built Khan, who celebrates his 53rd birthday today, before the film was shot was convinced by the casting call.When torn jeans, slight build made people question Shah Rukh Khan's choice -Highlighting how the Eagle Films banner always encouraged new talent, Umesh Mehra said his father and brother saw a spark in the young actor. "I would like to give credit to, of course, my father to accept that this boy [Shah Rukh Khan] will be the hero. Otherwise the credit would go to my brother Rajiv because he was director of that film and felt that he should cast this boy," he said.Not everyone was convinced about the casting however, particularly when they saw Khan at a party thrown by the Mehras. This was at Diwali in 1991, before shooting for the film began."We used to have big Diwali parties those days," Umesh Mehra recalled. "He [Khan] also came. He was dubla patla [very thin]. In those days, the fashion was to wear those torn jeans. And people [in the party] were saying, 'This is going to be the hero of your next film? What's the matter with you?' " When torn jeans, slight build made people question Shah Rukh Khan's choice - Birthday special But that didn't deter Rajiv Mehra or his father. "See, you can't make films if you keep worrying," Umesh Mehra said. "Once you have a gut feeling, you go with it. My father always encouraged new talent as long as they didn't start crying ki humse yeh nahin hoga, woh nahin hoga [that we won't be able to do this or that]." Shah Rukh Khan married his girlfriend Gauri before the release of Chamatkar. Some reports said FC Mehra had urged Khan to postpone his wedding until after the film's release. But Umesh Mehra rubbished the claim. "Nobody looked at him as a great romantic hero in those days," he pointed out. "There was no question of [asking him to postpone his marriage]." See more »


When the magic show is displayed, you can see the ghost's shadow. So, although only one man could see and hear the ghost, the citizens can see his shadow. See more »


Amar Kumar alias Marco: In Hindi: That son of a gun Kunta will never find this treasure even if he looks for another twenty years.
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Referenced in Pehla Nasha (1993) See more »


Bichhoo Bichhoo O Bichhoo, Yeh Bichhoo Mujhe Kat Khayega
Music by Anu Malik
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
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Superhit comedy
4 July 2020 | by yusufraza-23353See all my reviews

I always wanted to watch this movie in my childhood but couldn't watch somehow. I watched the movie recently and enjoyed a lot. A must watch if you want to laught out loud.

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