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Kranti (English: Revolution) is a 1981 Indian epic historical drama film, produced and directed by Manoj Kumar, with the story and screenplay written by Salim-Javed.[4] It stars Manoj Kumar along with an ensemble cast consisting of Dilip 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]

Directed byManoj Kumar
Produced byManoj Kumar
Written bySalim-Javed
Manoj Kumar
StarringDilip Kumar
Manoj Kumar
Shashi Kapoor
Hema Malini
Shatrughan Sinha
[[Parveen Babies ]]
Nirupa Roy
Prem Chopra
Music byLaxmikant-Pyarelal
CinematographyJoe D'Souza
Edited byManoj Kumar
Release date
  • February 6, 1981 (1981-02-06)
Running time
188 minutes
Budget4 crore (equivalent to 61 crore or US$8.8 million in 2018)[2]
Box office20 crore (equivalent to 306 crore or US$44 million in 2018)[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.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Lui Shamasha" Nitin Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar
2 "Ab Ke Baras" Mahendra Kapoor
3 "Chana Jor Garam" Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Nitin Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar
4 "Durga Hai Meri Maa" Mahendra Kapoor, Minoo Purshottam
5 "Zindagi Ki Na Toote Ladi" Nitin Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar
6 "Mara Thumka" Lata Mangeshkar
7 "Kranti Kranti" Manna Dey, Shailender Singh, Nitin Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar

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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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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