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Avtaar is a 1983 drama film starring Rajesh Khanna and Shabana Azmi. It was directed by Mohan Kumar, and the music was by Laxmikant Pyarelal. Avtaar was a commercial hit, and was critically acclaimed.[1] The film earned several Filmfare award nominations.[2] Rajesh Khanna achieved success with Amardeep and Prem Bandhan onwards, but this was Rajesh Khanna's biggest film in terms of box office collections since 1973. However, Rajesh Khanna lost the Best Actor award to Naseeruddin Shah for Masoom. In 1986, Mohan Kumar made Amrit with Rajesh Khanna in the lead as an old man, but with a different story line. Rajesh Khanna received an All-India Critics Association (AICA) Best Actor Award for his performance in this film in 1983.[3]

Directed by[mohan kumar raj [Mohan Kumar]]
Produced byMohan Kumar
StarringRajesh Khanna
Shabana Azmi
Sujit Kumar
AK Hangal
Gulshan Grover
Shashi Puri
Priti Sapru
Yunus Parvez
Music byLaxmikant Pyarelal
CinematographyK. K. Mahajan
Release date
  • 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11)

The film was later remade into the Telugu film O Thandri Teerpu (1985), starring Murali Mohan and Jayasudha; in Kannada as Kaliyuga, starring Rajesh and Aarthi; in Malayalam as Jeevitham, starring Madhu; and in Tamil as Vaazhkai, with Sivaji Ganesan. Baghban in 2003, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini was partially inspired by this film.



The film starts with wife Radha Kishen (Shabana Azmi) garlanding her husband Avtaar Kishen's (Rajesh Khanna) bust while she mourns his death, then flashes back thirty years. Radha, is the only daughter of Seth Jugal Kishore (Madan Puri), and is in love with Avtaar, a poor boy. Her father disapproves so the two elope and get married.

After various hardships, the couple ultimately succeed; after three decades, Avtaar is owner of a small house and fortune. they have two sons, Chander (Gulshan Grover) and Ramesh (Shashi Puri). Chander is married to Renu (Rajni Sharma), while Ramesh is married to Sudha (Priti Sapru). Avtaar also has a servant named Sewak (Sachin).

Chander gets married to the only daughter of Seth Laxmi Narayan (Pinchoo Kapoor) and becomes ghar jamai. When Avtaar discovers this, he leaves his home, accompanied by Radha and Sewak. With help of a moneylender Bawaji (Sujit Kumar), Avtaar starts his own garage.

Avtaar faces an uphill task, since he has no money to buy equipment, is aged and his right hand was paralysed in an accident. Sewak helps his master by illegally donating blood to arrange funds, but when Avtaar assumes Sewak has resorted to robbery, Bawaji tells the truth. Moved, Radha and Avtaar come to regard him as a true son.

Meanwhile, both Ramesh and Chander are enjoying their lives. Avtaar's luck changes and the carburator he is working on gives a successful result. Avtaar starts manufacturing the engine parts, and creates an industrial empire headed by himself, his wife and Sewak.

Avtaar's success takes a toll on Laxmi Narayan's business and he holds Chander responsible. Ramesh commits bank fraud and is arrested. Shobha comes to Avtaar for help, but he rebukes her and sends her away. Radha becomes angry, but remains silent. Avtaar secretly gives Bawaji the bail money on the condition that he tells no one; Bawaji bails Ramesh.

Meanwhile, holding Chandar responsible for the loss in business, Laxmi Narayan throws him out of the house. Ramesh, Chandar and Sudha go to Radha for assistance, but Avtaar disagrees. Next day, Avtaar goes to the office and does not return. Radha calls him and late at night, tries to convince him to help their children, but he refuses to listen. Emotionally, Radha accuses him of having become heartless. Bawaji meets Radha, who tells him the whole story. Bawaji confesses the truth to her as he cannot bear Avtaar being ill thought of.

On learning the truth, Radha realizes her mistake and tries to call Avtaar. Sewak informs her that Avtaar has had a heart attack, so the family goes to the hospital. Avtaar, having already written his will, hands it to Radha and dies. The story comes to the present, where Radha decorates Avtaar's bust, and the film ends.



# Title Singer(s)
1 "Din Maheene Saal" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
2 "Oopar Wale Tera Jawab Nahin" Kishore Kumar
3 "Chalo Bulawa Aaya Hai" Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle, Narendra Chanchal
4 "Yaaro Utho Chalo" Kishore Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor
5 "Zindagi Mauj Udane" Mahendra Kapoor, Suresh Wadkar, Alka Yagnik

Filmfare NominationsEdit


  1. ^ "BoxOffice". BoxOffice Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
  3. ^ "Happy birthday Rajesh Khanna: His top 15 films | bollywood | Hindustan Times". Retrieved 24 February 2017.

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