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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 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 became very popular due to Bachan's comedic performance in drag. The lyrics pay tribute to all kinds of wives, be they fat, tall, short, dark, or fair skinned. Even today, the song is popular among audiences. Laawaris starred Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan, Zeenat Aman and Raakhee. In Hindi, "Laawaris" loosely means bastard or orphan. Although the word still has negative connotations, they are not as extreme as in English. The story revolves around an orphan who stumbles over reality in search for his parents.

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Film poster
Directed byPrakash Mehra
Produced byPrakash Mehra
Written byShashi Bhushan
Kader Khan
Prakash Mehra
Din Dayal Sharma
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Zeenat Aman
Amjad Khan
Suresh Oberoi
Om Prakash
Ram Sethi
Music byKalyanji-Anandji
CinematographyN. Satyen
Release date
  • 22 May 1981 (1981-05-22)
Running time
189 minutes

The film was an "All Time Highest Earner" that year, got the highest verdict present at that time from the 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]



Laawaris is a story of an orphan played by Amitabh Bachchan who is disowned by his father (Amjad Khan) before birth and the struggles he goes through to establish his legitimacy in society.

Rakhee is a famous singer and she is in love with Amjad Khan, a leading business man. She gets pregnant before the wedding but Amjad Khan wants it to be aborted. Rakhee who doesn't want to abort her child decides to break up with Amjad Khan and she leaves with her brother without informing Amjad Khan. Rakhee gives birth to a baby boy but her brother takes away the baby and gives it to Dr. Sreeram Lagoo asking it to be killed and lies to Rakhee that the baby was a stillborn. Rakhee leaves the hospital without informing anyone and nobody knows about her whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sreeram Lagoo, a drunkard decides to raise the baby on his own instead of killing with the intention of making some money with the help of baby. He names the baby as Heera (Amitabh Bachchan). One day, Amitabh Bachchan breaks the liquor bottles with the hope of stopping Dr. Sreeram Lagoo's alcohol habit. But Dr. Sreeram Lagoo gets furious seeing this and reveals that Amitabh Bachchan is an orphan which makes Amitabh Bachchan angry and he leaves Dr. Sreeram Lagoo's home.

Amitabh Bachchan gets a job in a factory which is owned by Ranjeet, who happens to be the son of Amjad Khan (with his legally wedded wife and step-brother of Amitabh) . It is shown that Amjad Khan leads an unhappy life with his wife in an estate. He feels guilty about his betrayal to Rakhee thinking she is dead.

Once employed at Ranjeet's factory, Amitabh Bachchan understands that workers are not paid properly in Ranjeet's factory and decides to fight against it which angers Ranjeet. Zeenat Aman, falls in love with Amitabh Bachchan without knowing his true identity. Ranjeet transfers Amitabh Bachchan to work in his estate present at a hill station with plans of killing him. Amitabh Bachchan meets Amjad Khan in the estate and gets into his good books. During a function, Ranjeet plans to kill Amitabh Bachchan but accidentally Amjad Khan gets hurt. In the climax Amjad Khan accepts Amitabh as his legitimate son and unites with his whole family.



The music of this movie was composed by Kalyanji–Anandji, while the lyrics were written by Anjaan and Prakash Mehra. The movie features some popular songs like "Apni toh jaise taise" and "Mere Angne Mein" whose male version was sung by Amitabh Bachchan.

1."Mere Angne Mein" (Female)AnjaanAlka Yagnik 
2."Mere Angne Mein" (Male)AnjaanAmitabh Bachchan 
3."Jiska Koi Nahin"AnjaanKishore Kumar 
4."Kab Ke Bichhde Hue"AnjaanKishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle 
5."Kahe Paise Pe"AnjaanKishore Kumar 
6."Apni To Jaise Taise"Prakash MehraKishore Kumar 
7."Jiska Koi Nahin"AnjaanManna 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"


  1. ^ "Amitabh Movies Verdict (1969-1984) By Trade Guide(Prakash Pange)". 3 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Up to 1984 : Total 13 All time earners , 9 Was Starring Amitabh". 27 August 2010.
  3. ^ "1st Filmfare Awards 1953" (PDF).

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