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Deewaar (1975)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | May 1979 (USA)
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Vijay struggles as a dockworker and eventually becomes a leading figure of the underworld, while his younger brother Ravi is an educated, upright policeman. This divide causes problems in their relationship.

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Yash Chopra

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Javed Akhtar (dialogue) (as Javed), Javed Akhtar (screenplay) (as Javed) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Vijay Verma
Shashi Kapoor ... Ravi Verma
Nirupa Roy ... Sumitra Devi
Parveen Babi ... Anita
Neetu Singh ... Leena Narang
Manmohan Krishna ... DCP. Narang
Madan Puri ... Samant (as Madanpuri)
Iftekhar ... Mulk Raj Dhabaria (as Iftikhar)
Satyendra Kapoor ... Anand Verma - Father (as Satyendra Kapoo)
Sudhir ... Jaichand
Rajpal Rajpal
Jagdish Raj ... Jaggi
Kuljit Singh Kuljit Singh
Raj Kishore ... Darpan
Yunus Parvez ... Rahim Chacha (Head porter)
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Storyline

The movie tells the story of two brothers, Vijay and Ravi Verma, who follow different career paths: Vijay is a smuggler and Ravi the policeman who is asked to hunt Vijay down. Vijay Verma (Amitabh Bachchan) and Ravi Verma (Shashi Kapoor) are the sons of a trade unionist, Anand Verma(Satyen Kappu), who was defeated and disgraced by the management of his firm using his family as bait. Unable to bear the public disgrace father deserts the family, and the sons are raised by their mother(Nirupa Roy)who brings them to Bombay City, who suffers the trials and tribulations of a poor single mother. Vijay Verma, the elder brother, grows up with an acute awareness of his father's humiliation and is victimized for his father's supposed misdeeds. In the process of fighting for his rights Vijay, who starts out as a boot polisher and becomes a dockyard worker in his youth, becomes a smuggler and a leading figure of the underworld. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wall See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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$65,317
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The song Deewaron Ke Jungal was on the LP records released but not included in the film. Rahul Dev Burman later took the song and recycled it as "Hum Aur Tum The Saathi" in the film Hamare Tumhare. See more »

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After Vijay Verma gets shot in the climax, he was touching the upper part of his left arm, but after it showed he was shot at the back before it was shown again shot at the upper part of his left arm. See more »

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Builder: You're not a smart businessman. If you'd have tried to negotiate, I would have reduced the proce of this building by 5-10 lakh rupees.
Vijay: I'm sorry sir, but in my point of view, you're not a smart businessman. If you'd have asked for a million rupees more, I'd have given them without any hesitation. Twenty years earlier from today my mother had picked up bricks in this building. Today I am going to gift this building to her.
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Performed by Ursula Vaz
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Another great performance from Amitabh Bachchan
9 November 2002 | by simon_boothSee all my reviews

Amitabh Bachchan plays Vijay Verma, brother of a righteous police officer, who comes to resent society for the suffering it has brought upon his mother (and himself). After his dad abandons the family, Vijay and his Mum have to work like slaves to earn a little money to send brother Ravi to school. Ravi becomes a top student and joins the police as a top officer. Meanwhile, Vijay becomes increasingly bitter about the indignities inflicted by him & his mother because they are poor. When he gets a chance to earn some more money he can't say no, even though it involves working for a known smuggler. He quickly rises to become the smuggler's right hand man and becomes rather wealthy as a result. But Vijay's new career creates a rift with his brother that inevitably leads to conflict... but of course it's poor mum that suffers the most.

Deewar was made close to the start of the Amitabh Bachchan phenomenon, and contributed no small amount to it. His performance as the angry young man who drifts to the wrong side of the tracks is brilliant - balancing turbulent fury with his charisma and cool.

Yash Chopra and writer Salim Javed flood the movie with huge amounts of melodrama (not especially unusual in Bollywood), but take to extremes some things and scenes that would have been better left a little more subtle. The movie is quite complex and layered - something much easier to accomplish when you have 3 hours to explore and develop things, as with most Bollywood movies. The excess of melodrama becomes quite draining over such a length of time though.

Quite a good movie, but definitely not as much fun as other Amitabh/Salim Javed pairings such as SHOLAY, SHAAN and the inimitable DON.


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