29 September, 2020

8. Deewaar - 1975

Director: Yash Chopra; Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy, Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh

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8. Deewaar - 1975
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  • Amitabh’s character was supposedly based on the smuggler, Haji Mastan

  • The key-shaped pendant that Neetu Singh sports in the film was presented by Rishi Kapoor at the height of their romance

  • In the year of blockbusters like Sholay and Jai Santoshi Maa, Deewaar got the Filmfare awards for film, script, direction and supporting actor (Shashi Kapoor)

  • Vyjantimala was the original choice for Nirupa Roy’s role. Rajesh Khanna and Navin Nischol for Vijay and Ravi.

  • The screenplay minus the dialogues was written in just 18 days

A searing Salim-Javed screenplay and a towering performance by Amitabh has burned Deewaar into the Indian psyche. The story of the ill-fated Vijay driven to crime by an unjust order struck an immediate chord with educated youngsters of the ’70s struggling against a corrupt system for livelihood and dignity. Although the film is a thematic variation on Mother India and Ganga Jumna, its relentless emotional intensity is...
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