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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 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 Urdu, "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]



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 dialogue using his Bachchan-baritone, and his charismatic screen presence.

It was another of Prakash Mehra's, films with an ending similar to Namak Halal, utilizing his favourite villains Ranjeet and Satyen Kapoo.


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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