Dostana (1980 film)

Dostana (transl.Friendship) is a 1980 Indian Hindi-language action drama, written by Salim–Javed, produced by Yash Johar, and directed by Raj Khosla. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha and Zeenat Aman in lead roles and Prem Chopra, Amrish Puri, Helen, Pran and Paintal in supporting roles. The film was a huge hit at the box-office [1] and became the fourth highest-grosser of 1980, behind Qurbani, Asha and Ram Balram. Dostana was one of the last successful films directed by Raj Khosla. The film was remade in Tamil as Sattam with Kamal Haasan.

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Directed byRaj Khosla
Produced byYash Johar
Written bySalim–Javed
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Shatrughan Sinha
Zeenat Aman
Music byLaxmikant–Pyarelal
CinematographyNariman A. Irani
Edited byWaman Bhonsle
Distributed byDharma Productions
Yash Raj Films
Release date
  • 8 October 1980 (1980-10-08)
Running time
153 mins


Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) and Ravi (Shatrughan Sinha) are best friends who do not question each other about their careers. Vijay is a police officer and Ravi is a lawyer. While Vijay catches criminals, Ravi bails those criminals out and is employed by Daaga (Prem Chopra). One day both Vijay and Ravi meet Sheetal (Zeenat Aman) at different places and times, and both fall in love with her. While Ravi's love is more vocal and is reciprocated by Sheetal, Vijay has one-sided crush on Sheetal.

Ravi admits his love for Sheetal to Vijay who is devastated but decides to sacrifice his love for Ravi's sake. However, there is a misunderstanding when Daaga decides to stir up Vijay and Ravi's friendship by showing Ravi a photo of Vijay and Sheetal. Vijay and Ravi become rivals for the first time. The rest of the movie looks at the conflict between Vijay and Daaga. After the misunderstanding, Ravi is on Daaga's side but later learns the truth and atones for his deeds.

Balwant Singh was shot by Daaga because he couldn't run due to ankle sprain while jumping off the charter plane. Daga tried to shoot Vijay with a pocket gun and got shot in return instead.


In a scene from the film, Amitabh Bachchan beats Sajjan in the prison, who is later killed by another prisoner. This scene was lifted by Raj Khosla from his previous directorial CID (1956), where the same circumstances were faced by Dev Anand.

Coincidentally, Karan Johar, the son of the film's producer Yash Johar, also went on to produce a film of the same name starring Abhishek Bachchan (Amitabh Bachchan's son), John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra.

In 1990 film Ghayal, Amrish Puri played villain and was also named again 'Balwant Rai'.

In the movie Roti Kapda aur Makan, Zeenat Aman's character was also named Sheetal.


The music for Dostana was composed by the duo Laxmikant–Pyarelal and the lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi.

Song Singer
"Mere Dost Kissa Yeh Kya Ho Gaya" Mohammad Rafi
"Salaamat Rahe Dostana Humara" (Part 1) Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar
"Salaamat Rahe Dostana Humara" (Part 2) Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar
"Bahut Khoobsurat Jawaan Ek Ladki" Kishore Kumar
"Dillagi Ne Di Hawaa" Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle
"Kitna Aasaan Hai Kehna Bhool Jaao" Lata Mangeshkar

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