Awam (film)

Awam (transl.the Public) is a 1987 Indian Hindi-language film directed by B. R. Chopra. It starred Ashok Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Raj Babbar, Smita Patil, Poonam Dhillon, Nana Patekar and Shafi Inamdar in pivotal roles .The film was a Hit at box office. Over the years the film has attained cult status by audience and is considered a classic of Khanna.

Directed byB. R. Chopra
Produced byB. R. Chopra
StarringAshok Kumar
Rajesh Khanna
Raj Babbar
Smita Patil
Poonam Dhillon
Nana Patekar
Vijay Arora
Shafi Inamdar
Om Shivpuri
Manisha Kohli
Huma Khan
Music byRavi
Release date
31 August 1987 (1987-08-31)
Running time
160 minutes


Captain Amar Kumar of the Indian army lives with his father, Ram, and mother, Saraswati. Ram has been associated with top freedom fighters during India's struggle for independence from the British. Almost all of these freedom fighters had taken advantage of their involvement and have taken up important positions in India's administration, and these include Jagrathan and Mohanlal, while others like Vaisakh Ansari and Ram have chosen not to. Amar goes to Delhi and meets Mohanlal, who offers him a position of personal secretary with Jagrathan. Then a chain of events lead to the death of Jagrathan's pilot son, Surender, resulting in Jagrathan threatening to expose the powers-that-be unless they come clean and admit their involvement. Then Jagrathan is killed in a vehicle accident. Before dying he asks Dr. Shabnam to hand-over a key to Amar. Before Shabnam could do so, she is attacked by two unknown men, and wounded. Together with Amar and Rafiq Sayed Jaffrey, they locate the key - but do not know where to locate the lock. Then Shabnam is attacked again, but Amar rescues her. Amar's world is turned upside down when he is accused of treason, court-martialed, and dishonorably discharged from the army. Disillusioned by this, he decides to join the very forces that are involved in treason. And when he does he finds out that he is not amongst strangers at all.


The film did not meet expectations of the director who expected it to be a blockbuster, meaning the highest grosser of the year. Instead it became a platinum jubilee hit.



Song Singer
"Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram" (Part 1) Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle
"Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram" (Part 2) Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle
"Teri Aankhon Mein Dhundh Li Maine" Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle
"Yeh Raat, Yeh Barsaat, Yeh Tanhaai Ka Aalam" Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle
"Kaise Murli Bajaye Ghanshyam" Asha Bhosle
"Mast Jawani Allah Hi Allah" Asha Bhosle


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