Yaarana (1981 film)

Yaarana (transl. "Friendship") previously titled Yaar Mera[2] is a 1981 Indian musical drama film directed by Rakesh Kumar, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan, Neetu Singh, Tanuja, and Kader Khan.[3][4][5] This was one of the films where Amjad Khan plays a positive role. Nearly all of his other films with Amitabh Bachchan have been had him playing a villain role.

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Directed byRaakesh Kumar
Written byGyandev Agnihotri
Vijay Kaul
Kader Khan
Produced byM. A. Nadiadwala
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Amjad Khan
Neetu Singh
Kader Khan
CinematographyPeter Pereira
Edited byWaman Bhonsle
Gurudutt Shirali
Music byRajesh Roshan
Distributed byA.K. Movies
Release date
  • 23 October 1981 (1981-10-23)
Running time
119 mins
Box office₹5.25 crores(equivalent to ₹88 crores or ₹12.4 million in 2019)[1]

One of the highlights of the film was its music by Rajesh Roshan and lyrics by Anjaan. Three songs, "Chhookar Mere Mann Ko," "Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan," and "Saara Zamana Haseeno Ka Deewana" were super-hits and are still loved. "Saara Zamana Haseeno Ka Deewana" is particularly noteworthy because of Amitabh Bachchan's dance with clothes fitted with electric bulbs, which he himself operated from under his clothing, maintaining complete synchronization while dancing.


Kishan and Bishan are childhood friends. Kishan is an orphan, but is self-sufficient and hard-working, while Bishan comes from an affluent background. The friendship between the two is extremely strong and is the bane of Bishan's uncle, who has his eyes on his widowed sister's wealth. In a bid to separate the two friends, the uncle manipulates his sister into sending Bishan away to the city and then abroad for further education.

When the two friends reunite years later, Bishan (Amjad Khan) discovers that Kishan (Amitabh Bachchan) has a great voice. Bishan is now a successful businessman and he wants to promote Kishan's singing talent. Kishan goes to the city with his friend, where Bishan asks Komal (Neetu Singh) to groom him to be a performer and a gentleman. Kishan tries to get expelled from the process by being uncooperative and disruptive. In the meantime, Bishan discovers that the family wealth has been systematically looted over the last 18 years by the uncle and his son. He is forced to borrow by mortgaging his remaining assets in order to ensure that Kishan becomes a successful singer. This causes a major rift between Bishan and his wife, who is convinced that Kishan will turn his back on his friend if he were to ever succeed. Kishan's debut concert is a huge success and he goes on to donate the proceeds of his earnings and consequent record deals in order to rid his friend Bishan of his many mortgages and in order to help woo his estranged sister-in-law and lovable nephew (Bishan's 10-year-old son) back into the house.

Kishan proceeds to become a star and Komal (Neetu Singh) - his trainer professes her love for him. Bishan in the meanwhile falls into a conspiracy further set by his treacherous uncle (Jeevan) and cousin (Ranjeet). He is kidnapped alongside several hostages - primarily children on his shipping vessel, brainwashed, tortured and forced to sign a confession that all the misdeeds have been done by him. Bishan loses his mental stability and goes into shock.

He is then thrown into an asylum after he has a breakdown and experiences amnesia. Kishan pretends to be mentally ill and admits himself into the asylum by tricking the authorities and saves his friend by reviving his memory successfully by feeding him rotis as he used to when they were children.

The climax follows the typical action confrontation formula reminiscent of films in that era where there are big explosions and the heroes single-handedly take on hordes of goons. The movie ends with the children - hostages being saved, the family uniting and the treacherous mastermind (Ranjeet) being sent to jail.



The soundtrack was composed by Rajesh Roshan. The song "Sara Zamana" was recreated as "Haseeno Ka Deewana" for the film "Kaabil" by Rajesh Roshan, and this was the first time to recreate his own song, which was the first song of first two own recreations.[6]

1."Bhole O"Kishore Kumar3:43
2."Chookar Mere Man Ko"Kishore Kumar4:15
3."Sara Zamana"Kishore Kumar4:27
4."Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan"Kishore Kumar4:40
5."Bishan Chacha"Mohammed Rafi4:45
6."Tu Rootha Dil Toota"Kishore Kumar3:06
7."Yaarana Yaarana Toote Kabhi Na" 3:15


  1. ^ "Amitabh Bachchan hits and flops". talkingmoviez.com. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Yaarana trivia". Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Film review: Yaarana, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan, Neetu Singh". India Today. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Amitabh Bachchan on 36 years of Yaarana: It still resounds among polity of the nation". The Indian Express. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  5. ^ Kusnur, Narendra (26 January 2017). "Songs by the unsung". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Haseeno Ka Deewana teaser: Urvashi Rautela features in this reprise of Yaarana song, in Kaabil". Firstpost. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2019.

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