Karmayogi (1978 film)

Karmayogi (transl. Supreme Self) is a 1978 Indian Hindi-language action drama film, produced by Anil Suri on A. R. Productions banner and directed by Ram Maheshwari. It stars Raaj Kumar, Jeetendra, Mala Sinha, Rekha and Reena Roy in pivotal roles. The music composed by Kalyanji-Anandji. The film was remade in Telugu as Nipputo Chelagaatam in 1982 with Krishnam Raju, Sharada, Jayasudha in the pivotal roles.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byRam Maheshwari
Written bySagar Sarhadi
Ela Maheshwary (dialogues)
Verma Malik(lyrics)
Screenplay byBinoy Chatterjee
C.J. Pavri
Produced byAnil Suri
StarringRaaj Kumar
Mala Sinha
Reena Roy
CinematographyK. K. Mahajan
Edited byM. S. Shinde
Music byKalyanji-Anandji
A. R. Productions
Release date
  • 15 December 1978 (1978-12-15)
Running time
143 minutes


Shankar (Raaj Kumar) was earlier betrayed and swindled by many people in his life, leading to poverty and hardships. He takes the path of crime which yields the instant result (money) to him. His wife, Durga (Mala Sinha) is a highly religious and pious woman who firmly believes in the teachings of Geeta. Shankar feels that he and Durga cannot live together as husband and wife. Hence, he leaves her along with his son Mohan (also Raaj Kumar). He leaves his village and shifts to the city of Mumbai. He teaches his son to steal and rob people. The father-son duo commits crimes in association with Keshavlal (Ajit) and his confidant - Bhiku Ghasiram (Dheeraj Kumar).

On the other hand, Durga faces immense hardships. Shankar left his wife Durga when she was pregnant. Durga is forced to leave the house as it has been attached by the court due to non-payment of loans taken by Shankar against that. Durga gives birth to her second son who grows up as an idealist, Ajay (Jeetendra) as he has been groomed by the good teachings and nice Sanskar of his mother. Ajay is a lawyer, but he runs a newspaper also, named as Karmayogi. Ajay is in love with Kiran (Reena Roy), younger sister of Rekha (Rekha), a club dancer, who is also in love with Mohan. Rekha spends her earnings for her sister Kiran's education, through a Christian priest (Nazir Hussain), who once helped Durga, when she was pregnant and forced to leave her house. Keshavlal conspires against Shankar and gets him caught by the police. Since, Shankar has murdered a police officer, he gets the death penalty. Later, Mohan happens to meet his separated mother and younger brother, but he has already chosen his end and after seeking his revenge from the conspirators follows his father to the gallows. However, in his ending moments, his mother is there to recite the couplets of Geeta to him. These couplets are not only those belonging to the concept of Karma, but also the concepts of soul and rebirth as explained by Lord Krishna.



# Song Singer
1 "Aaiye Huzoor, Aaiye Baithiye" Asha Bhosle
2 "Mohabbat Hoon, Haqeeqat Hoon" Asha Bhosle
3 "Aaj Faisla Ho Jayega, Tum Nahin Ya Hum Nahin" Asha Bhosle, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar
4 "Ek Baat Kahoon Main Sajna" Lata Mangeshkar
5 "Tere Jeevan Ka Hai Karmon Se" (Part 1) Manna Dey
6 "Tere Jeevan Ka Hai Karmon Se" (Part 2) Manna Dey


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