Super Star Rajesh Khanna

Super Star Rajesh Khanna

Friday, March 21, 2008

Awara Baap - 1985


Introduction :

Awara Baap is a 1985 Bollywood film starring Rajesh Khanna in the title role, directed by Sohanlal Kanwar.
Star Cast :
  • Super Star Rajesh Khanna
  • Meenakshi Seshadri
  • Rajan Sippy
  • Madhuri Dixit
  • Om Prakash
  • Iftekhar
  • Bharat Bhushan
  • Om Shivpuri
  • Pinchoo Kapoor
  • Komal Mahuvakar
 Other Film Crew's :
  • Produced and Directed by Sohanlal Kanwar
  • Music by     R.D.Burman
  • Release date :  Nov 29, 1985
  •  Language  :  Hindi
  • Country  :   India
Summary :

Raj is the only son of the rich man Seth Gopal Das. He has lived his childhood and teenage very lonely as his mother died when he was a child.Raj starts drinking in his adulthood and also distances himself from his father gradually.Raj starts living in a palatial bunglow, in the same city where Seth Gopal Das has his residence.Raj occasionally comes to the residence, the main bunglow where Seth Gopal Das lives.On a trip to a snowy mountain, Raj gets to meet a girl named Rupa. He manages to protect Rupa from entering into flesh trade.Then he decides to drop her to her home but due to bad condition of roads is forced to stay in a cottage with her. As the weather becomes cold, Raj develops shivering and to protect him, Rupa decides to blow air from her mouth into his and embrace him.By doing this she manages to revive him.In the morning, Raj says she should have not done such a thing for his well being in the night.Rupa says, she was grateful to him as he had saved her from being forced to sell her body, so she didn't mind doing what she eventually did.Hearing this Raaj becomes happy and enquires, she lives with whom, she says she is alone in that area as she has to send money to her dad in distant village.Raj asks her will she like to stay with him and then she agrees to join him. Also while being in love with Raj, Rupa makes him promise her that he won't take to drinking with her being alive in his life. After he reaches his home, he gets to meet Bihari and comes to know that Bihari has come on his father's order, to take him to his dad's residence as some guests are going to arrive .Raj agrees to come in the evening for dinner and there he notices that his dad has fixed his engagement with another girl.Raj comes to know that Gopal Das fixed marriage with daughter of Jamuna Das, as he was going to get huge amount in form of dowry for his son's wedding and he is in dire need of money, thanks to the incident of one of his ships drowned in the sea and it was not covered by insurance poicy taken by Gopal's company.Raj disagrees to marry Jamuna Das' daughter. Bihari discloses to Gopal Das, that the reason for Raj refusing to marry the girl of his choice is because Raj has brought a girl to his house and is interested in marrying her. Gopal Das decides to meet Rupa personally and he tells about the financial problem he is into and how Raj's marriage with the girl of his choice would help both him and Raj.Gopal asks Rupa is she not more concerned about Raj's welfare and if she is, then she should not marry him and convince her to marry the other girl.

Rupa convinces Raj to get married and then herself after the wedding commits suicide.Raj becomes disillusioned but hides the facts about Rupa to his wife.He is sad and angry at his father for doing all this.But keeping with the promise he gave to Rupa, he has a good married life with his wife.His wife soon becomes pregnant and gives birth to a boy.Due to birth complications, she dies.Now Raj takes to drinking. Raj also arranges for a statue to be built in memory of Rupa in his bunglow and shifts to residence of his dad permanently. Gopal fed up of Raj's drinking behaviour send the little baby boy to abroad for his schooling and college.

18 Years pass by.Raj has started drinking heavily. Meanwhile one dark night, accidentally due to heavy rains, a girl comes to Raj's residential home for help to stay in his house for one day. Raj observes the gril and realises that she looks same as Rupa.She calls herself Deepa and Raj allows her stay in his house for the night. Deepa leaves his home early in the morning forgetting her purse. Raj goes to the address mentioned in her card available in the purse, to return it to her.Deepa is a club dancer and earns by performing in that hotel. Raj starts frequenting the hotel more often. This news spreads and reaches Gopal. Although 18 years have passed since Rupa's death, Raj has still not forgiven his dad. So Bihari suggests Gopal that Deepa being a lookalike of Rupa should be married out to Raj. So Gopal to resurrect Raj's boring lonely life decides to ask Deepa her concent. But even before he could enter her room, he overhears a conversation between Deepa and her friend about how she has fooled Raj and how Raj jas become a frequent visitor of Deepa. After hearing this he becomes reluctant to marry off Raj to Deepa. But the same day, Gopal dies a sudden death.

Within a few days Raj's son Vijay returns to India and joins his family business of shipping. Vijay falls in love with Barkha on a business trip to Kashmir. Vijay deides that in future he would marry Brakha only. But on realising that his dad is very sad and on learning that Raj is in love with Deepa, Vijay decides to declare a marriage of Deepa and his father Raj. Deepa agrees to marry Raj only on the condition that she would be declared owner of all assets of Gopaldas and Vijay's share be transfeered to her. Vijay prefers to think more about his dad's well being and decides to not claim any right to property in future.Then mairage of Raj and Deepa take place. Deepa starts behaving indifferently with Raj and causes lots of em brassing situation for Raj. When Raj questions her as to why she is behaving indecently in the house since the time they were married to each other, Deepa says that Raj has no authority to question her.After few months she becomes pregnant and starts presurrising Vijay and tells him that she would not continue with Raj and bring a bad name for family if Vijay marries off anyone and tries to become a dad himself.

Music Sound Track :

S.No.  Song Title  Singer(s)
  1.     "Awara Baap Hoon" - By Kishore Kumar
  2.     "Jamuna Ke Jal Mein"- By Kishore Kumar
  3.     "Teri Umar" - By Kishore Kumar and Amit Kumar
  4.     "Na Hoti Dosti Tumse" - By Anuradha Paudwal and  Suresh Wadkar
  5.     "Dil Ke Dushman Pe" - By Asha Bhonsle
  6.     "Kori Kori Gagarsi Jawani" - By Asha Bhonsle
  7.     "Umar Sari Humari" - By Amit Kumar and Asha Bhonsle



Full Cast & Crew

Directed by 

Sohanlal Kanwar

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)  

Ram Kelkar ... (story and screenplay)

Cast (in credits order)  

Rajesh Khanna ...
Meenakshi Sheshadri ...
Rupa (as Meenakshi Seshadhri)
Rajan Sippy ...
Madhuri Dixit ...
Om Prakash ...
Seth Gopal Das / Gopu
Iftekhar ...
Bharat Bhushan ...
Om Shivpuri
Savita Bajaj
Brahm Bhardwaj
Rana Jagbahadur
Pinchoo Kapoor ...
Jamuna Das
Roobini ...
(as Komal Mahuvakar)
Arun Mathur
Neeta Mehta ...
Surendra Pal
Ashok Saxena
Pradeep Sharma
Yogesh Sharma
Chand Usmani
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Produced by 

Sohanlal Kanwar ... producer
Vijayalaxmi ... co-producer

Cinematography by 

Rajendra Malone
Rajesh Nath

Art Direction by 

Sudhendu Roy

Production Management 

Ram Prasad ... assistant production manager
Siddharth ... assistant production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Pratap Sagar ... associate director

Art Department 

Bijoy Ghosh ... assistant art director

Sound Department 

Buta Singh Bidri ... audiography
Afzal Khan ... audiography

Special Effects by 

Baldev Malik ... special effects
Krishan Malik ... special effects

Visual Effects by 

Achyut Gupte ... color consultant


Baba Mistry ... assistant stunt coordinator
Surendra Shetty ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department 

Ravikant Reddy ... camera and electrical department

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Balkrishna ... assistant costume designer

Editorial Department 

Narendra Arora ... editing
Satprakash Suri ... editing

Music Department 

Rahul Dev Burman ... musical director
Babloo Chakravorty ... assistant music director
Hashmat ... lyricist: songs
Verma Malik ... lyricist: song
Vishweshwar Sharma ... lyricist: song

Other crew 

Basu Deo Chakravarty ... assistant to music director
Chanda ... choreography
Arun Frank ... assistant director
Pradeep Ghai ... production controller
Saroj Khan ... choreography
Kumar Makhija ... business executive
Vikram Mehta ... assistant director
M.G. Navani ... office executive
Madanlal Rana ... production manager
Rahi Masoom Reza ... dialogue
Satyanarayan ... choreography
C.D. Shah ... general manager
Deepak Shah ... office executive
Manohari Singh ... assistant to music director
Suresh Thapar ... production controller
Anirudh Tiwari ... story idea    Sohanlal Kanwar had directed Rajesh in his earlier hit "Paapi Pet Ka Sawaal Hai". So, expectations were high when they got together for Awara Baap. But the film did not live upto the expectations & hence flopped.

The story line is slightly long & confusing to the ordinary viewer. Also, it is close to 3 hours & tends to drag at places. It is to the credit of Rajesh Khanna that even though he is paired with a much younger heroine like Meenakshi Seshadri, he performs his role with elan. He looks stylish & his costumes are very good.

Meenakshi in a double role makes the most of her opportunity. She even has a lip lock with kaka which was very bold at that time. Madhuri Dixit appears in a very small role.

Rajan Sippy has done well. It is not easy to match steps with a giant performer like Kaka but he manages to hang on.

Music by RD is good. If only the editing & direction had been better, this would have been a box office hit.

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