Namak Haraam Amitabh Bachchan Tale of Friendship, Loyalty, and Labor Issues

Namak Haraam Amitabh Bachchan Tale of Friendship, Loyalty, and Labor Issues

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The Hindi Drama film directed by HrishikeshMukherjee, named Namaak Haram released in 1973, is yet another film with Amitabh Bachchan. The music for this film is by R D Burman, screenplay is by Gulzar, and lyrics is by Anand Bakshi. The film besides Amitabh Bachchan in the pivotal role also has super star Rajesh Khanna, Rekha, Asrani, Raza Murad, A K Hangal, Simi Garewal, Om Shivpuri to name a few.

Rajesh Khanna had received his third BFJA Award for the Best Actor in 1974 for this film while Amitabh Bachchan had received his second Filmfare Award for the best supporting actor for this film.

After the success of his film Anand with Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan, this was the second film when the two stalwarts came together. The songs in the film were very popular especially ‘Diye Jalte hai, Nadiya Se Dariya and Main Shayar Badnaam.. were very melodious and remembered till date.  All songs rendered by playbacksinger actor Kishore Kumar and were picturized mainly on Rajesh Khanna. The film was a super hit and was the 5thighest grossing films of 1973.

The plot of this film revolves around two friends Somu (Rajesh Khanna) and Vicky (Amitabh Bachchan).   Vicky is insulted by the union leader of the factory he is working and Somu intrudes as a worker and later joins as the union leader of the same factory which leads to controversies between the two friends. The film was based on the rise of the unions in the backdrop of Bombay’s textile mills and the inflation of the early 70’s.

The ending of the film was changed by Rajesh Khanna as the script had Amitabh Bachchan dying in the last scene which was changed to Rajesh Khanna who dies instead. According to Khanna he believed a death of an actor in the film gains sympathy from the audience . Due to these changes, Amitabh Bachchan was said to have been upset over the last minute script changes . Here we end another interesting episode on Amitabh Bachchan’s film Namak Haraam.


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