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Laawaris (1981 film)

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Laawaris (English: Orphan or Bastard) is an 1981 Indian drama film directed by Prakash Mehra. The film became known for its hit song "Mere Angene Mein, Tumhara Kya Kaam Hai" rendered twice: the first time by a young Alka Yagnik, who earned her first Filmfare nomination as best female playback singer, and the second time by Amitabh Bachchan. The second version turned out to be a mega hit, especially due to Amitabh's performance in drag wear. The lyrics of the song were funny and give tribute to all kinds of wives, be they fat, tall, short, dark skinned, or fair skinned. Even until today, the song is popular among audiences. Laawaris starred Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan, Zeenat Aman and Raakhee. In Urdu, "Laawaris" means bastard or loosely means orphan. Although the word has a negative connotation, it is not as negative as the English connotation. The story revolves around an orphan who stumbles over reality in search for his parents.

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Film poster
Directed by Prakash Mehra
Produced by Prakash Mehra
Written by Shashi Bhushan
Kader Khan
Prakash Mehra
Din Dayal Sharma
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Zeenat Aman
Amjad Khan
Suresh Oberoi
Om Prakash
Ram Sethi
Music by Kalyanji-Anandji
Cinematography N. Satyen
Release date
May 22, 1981
Running time
189 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

The film was an "All Time Highest Earner" that year, got the highest verdict present at that time by Trade Guide (Bollywood box office magazine), and was among those rare movies which crossed 2 Crore (200,000) per territory.[1] There were only 13 All time earner (Crossing 1 Crore per territory) movies till 1984 and Laawaris was among them.[2]

It earned additional Filmfare nominations for Best Actor (Amitabh Bachchan) and Best Supporting Actor (Suresh Oberoi).[3]



A child born of an illegitimate relationship is named Heera after the name of a dog by a drunkard who makes him work hard for liquor. After knowing that he is a Laawaris (orphan), he leaves home looking for a job with Ranjeet. Fate brings Heera and his biological father together. Will they ever know about the relation between them? What happens if they find out about it?

The film is remembered for Amitabh Bachchan's fiery acting and dialogues using his all famous Bachchan-baritone, his charismatic and stylish screen presence.

It was another movie of Prakash Mehra, where the ending has a similarity with the ending of Namak Halal, with his favourite villains Ranjeet and Satyen Kapoo.


Soundtrack album by Kalyanji-Anandji
Released 1981
Genre Filmi
Language Hindi
Producer Prakash Mehra

All music composed by Kalyanji Anandji.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Mere Angne Mein" (Female) Anjaan Alka Yagnik  
2. "Mere Angne Mein" (Male) Anjaan Amitabh Bachchan  
3. "Jiska Koi Nahin" Anjaan Kishore Kumar  
4. "Kab Ke Bichhde Hue" Anjaan Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle  
5. "Kahe Paise Pe" Anjaan Kishore Kumar  
6. "Apni To Jaise Taise" Prakash Mehra Kishore Kumar  
7. "Jiska Koi Nahin" Anjaan Manna Dey  


Laawaris was remade as

Both films were massive hits in their respective languages.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award & Category Artist Status Notes
Best Actor Amitabh Bachchan Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Suresh Oberoi Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Alka Yagnik Nominated for song "Mere Angne Mein"


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