Kranti (transl. Revolution) is a 1981 Indian Hindi-language historical drama film, produced and directed by Manoj Kumar, with the story and screenplay written by Salim–Javed.[4] It stars an ensemble cast, consisting of Dilip Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, Parveen Babi, Sarika, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri, Paintal and Pradeep Kumar. The film marked the return of Dilip Kumar after a five-year hiatus.[5] This film celebrated golden jubilee in many centres across India, including a theatre where it was housefull for 96 days. The film was declared a blockbuster, along with its soundtrack.

Directed byManoj Kumar
Produced byManoj Kumar
Written bySalim–Javed
Manoj Kumar
StarringDilip Kumar
Manoj Kumar
Shashi Kapoor
Hema Malini
Shatrughan Sinha
Parveen Babi
Nirupa Roy
Prem Chopra
Music byLaxmikant–Pyarelal
CinematographyJoe D'Souza
Edited byManoj Kumar
Release date
  • 6 February 1981 (1981-02-06)
Running time
188 minutes
Budget40 million[2]
Box office₹200 million[3]


The film takes place in the 19th Century British India and is the story of the fight for independence from the British between 1825 and 1875. The film tells the story of men that lead the war against British Rule: Sanga (Dilip Kumar), Bharat (Manoj Kumar) known as Kranti, a prince (Shashi Kapoor) and a freedom fighter (Shatrughan Sinha). Sanga is an honest and dedicated employee in the kingdom of Ramgarh, owing allegiance and loyalty to no one except Raja Laxman Singh. When Laxman Singh conditionally permits the British to use the port for trading purposes, Sangha finds out that the British are taking out gold and jewellery and bringing in ammunition, and puts a stop to this. He goes to report this outrage to Laxman Singh, only to find him stabbed to death. Sanga is charged with treason and of killing Laxman Singh. Sentenced to death, he escapes and forms a group of revolutionaries who have only one goal - to drive the British out of India. This group multiplies into several armies, all united with one slogan - an Independent India, also known as Kranti.



The music is scored by Laxmikant Pyarelal. The music was popular with some hit songs like "Zindagi Ki Na Toote Ladi" and "Chana Jor Garam". Laxmikant Pyarelal used famous singers Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor, Shailender Singh and Nitin Mukesh to sing for the actors.

1."Lui Shamasha"Lata Mangeshkar, Nitin Mukesh07:46
2."Ab Ke Baras"Mahendra Kapoor06:32
3."Chana Jor Garam"Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Nitin Mukesh, Mohammed Rafi07:08
4."Durga Hai Meri Maa"Mahendra Kapoor, Minoo Purshottam03:58
5."Zindagi Ki Na Toote Ladi"Lata Mangeshkar, Nitin Mukesh07:03
6."Mara Thumka"Lata Mangeshkar04:56
7."Kranti Kranti (Part 1)"Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar, Nitin Mukesh, Shailendra Singh03:01
8."Kranti Kranti (Part 2)"Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar, Nitin Mukesh, Shailendra Singh03:16
Total length:43:40

Box office notesEdit

  • Net gross of approximately Rs.10-crore.
  • The top-grossing Indian film of 1981.
  • It ran for 67 weeks in theaters.
  • It was a Golden Jubilee HIT, and entailed good profits for all Indian distributors despite a heavy price tag (2 Crore) attached. It was costliest movie ever at that time.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lal, Vinay; Nandy, Ashis (2006). Fingerprinting Popular Culture: The Mythic and the Iconic in Indian Cinema. Oxford University Press. p. 77. ISBN 0195679180.
  2. ^ Sethi, Sunil (15 January 1982). "Year 1981 was for Indian movies what 1977 had been for Indian politics". India Today. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Box Office 1981". Box Office India. 15 January 2013. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013.
  4. ^ Chaudhuri, Diptakirti (1 October 2015). Written by Salim-Javed: The Story of Hindi Cinema's Greatest Screenwriters. Penguin UK. ISBN 9789352140084.
  5. ^ Khan, Mansoor (24 July 2014). "Dilip Kumar: Manoj Kumar is a brilliant director!". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  6. ^ Top Earners 1980-1989 Archived 14 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine

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