Majboor (1974) Amitabh Bachchan Classic – Review
Majboor is a Bollywood Hindi Movie starring Amitabh Bachchan, Parveen Babi, Pran, Farida Jalal, Jagdish Raaj and many more. Majboor is directed by Ravi Tandon and screenplay by Javed – Akhtar. Majboor is one of the biggest hit suspense mystery movies by Amitabh Bacchan released in 1974. Amitabh Bachchan is not just an action hero in Majboor. He is a common man who has responsibility for his family. He makes the biggest mistake by falsifying himself in a murder to save his family. An extra-ordinary journey and search for the original murderer can only save his life. Check out the exclusive CalcuttaTube review for the Amitabh Bachchan Indian Hindi Movie “Majboor”.
Amitabh (Ravi Sharma) is a travel agent. He works at Embassy Travels. He has his mother, a little brother and a wheelchair-bound sister Renu (Farida Jalal) at home. He always brings something for his family members when he comes back home after work each day. He tries his best to take care of his family. Renu is very cheerful even after her inability to walk. She loves to dream about visiting various places all over India. His Brother dreams about going abroad for higher studies, his mother dreams about a happy marriage of Renu and so on. Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan) understands his responsibility and carries out all of his duties (Majboories) as best as he can. He loves his family a lot.
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Genre: Drama|Thriller|Mystery|Family movie
Directed by: Ravi Tandon
- Javed Akhtar dialogue (as Salim-Javed)
- Javed Akhtar screenplay (as Salim-Javed)
- Javed Akhtar story (as Salim-Javed)
- Salim Khan screenplay (as Salim-Javed)
- Salim Khan story (as Salim-Javed)
- Amitabh Bachchan … Ravi Khanna
- Parveen Babi … Neelu (as Pravin Babi)
- Pran … Michael D’Souza
- Farida Jalal … Renu Khanna
- Satyendra Kapoor … Narendra Sinha (as Satyan Kappu)
- Sulochana Latkar … Mrs. Khanna (as Sulochana)
- Iftekhar … Police Inspector Khurana
- D.K. Sapru … Neelu’s dad (as Sapru)
- Ashoo … Mona Sinha
- Sajjan … Doctor Shah
- Mac Mohan … Prakash
- Murad … Judge
- Jagdish Raj … Police Inspector Kulkarni (as Jagdishraj)
- Ranveer Raj (as Ranvirraj)
- Lalita Kumari … Sulochana Rai
- Alankar Joshi … Billoo Khanna (as Master Alankar)
- Shiv Kumar … Constable
- Kamaldeep … Police Officer in Nilu’s house (as Kamal Deep)
- Prakash Arya
- H.L. Pardesi (as Pardesi)
- Sonoo Arora (as Sonu Arora)
- D. Khan
- Abdul Rauf
- Johar Sen
- Rajkumar Bhagat
- Raj Kumar
- Leena D’Souza
- Madan Puri … Mahipat Rai
- K.N. Singh … Prosecuting Attorney
- Ramayan Tiwari … Police Inspector (as Tiwari)
- Anoop Kumar … Frightened Air Passenger (Guest Appearance)
- Sudhir … Ravi’s so-worker
- Rehman … Surendra Sinha
- Ravindra Kapoor (as Ravinder Kapoor)
Original Music by: Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar (as Laxmikant), Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma (as Pyarelal)
- Anand Bakshi …. lyricist: songs
- Asha Bhosle …. playback singer
- Kishore Kumar …. playback singer
- Lata Mangeshkar …. playback singer
- Mohammad Rafi …. playback singer
- Ramanlal …. song recordist
IMDB Profile: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071800/
Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan) also has a girl friend. Parveen Babi (Neela) is the sweet girl who is in love with Ravi (Amitabh Bacchan). She gets angry with Ravi (Amitabh Bacchan) over small things. Ravi sings “Ruthe Yaar Ko Manana Muskil Hai” to help her calm down (Playback Singer: Mohammed Rafi). Life is full of joy and happiness for Ravi. However, the cloud of darkness appeared the other day.
Inspector Khurana comes to visit Ravi (Amitabh Bacchan). He asks few questions about Surendra Sinha who was murdered about 6 months back. Surendra Sinha was killed mysteriously while Ravi (Amitabh Bacchan) was at work.
Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan) starts to describe the day he last saw Mr. Sinha. Mr. Surandra Sinha came to Embassy Travels to buy some travel tickets. It was a rainy day. He purchased the ticket from Ravi and left. Later that night when Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bacchan) was about to leave his work and waiting for a Taxi. It was raining very hard, Surendra Sinha somehow saw him drenched and offered him a lift in his car. Mr. Surendra Sinha dropped Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan) somewhere on the way and they both went to different direction.
Inspector Khurana interrupts the story by Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan). He says that Mr. Sinha was killed that night. He adds that police also received a letter demanding money. He then starts inquiring about where Ravi (Amitabh) went when Surendra Sinha dropped him on the way. Ravi Sharma tries very hard to recall and finally remembers what he did. He says in details about various places he visited that night. Inspector makes good notes and left.
Mr. Sinha was killed almost six months back. Police had already asked Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan) a lot of questions before. Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bacchan) gets somewhat tensed and starts walking to meet his lawyer fried. On his way he suddenly feels terrible headache and lost his sense. It seems that something in his head is about to blast. He however recovers from it and walks down to see his friend at the nearby Tennis Court. He tries to explain his encounter with the police to his friend and tells him that he is very tensed about the interrogation. His friend makes him feel good and promises to help Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan) is he needs.
Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan) comes back home and forgets about his terrible short headache. He enjoys great time playing and singing with his family and comes to know that his sister likes to have a fish tank full of colorful fishes. The next day Ravi (Amitabh Bachchan) goes to the nearby store and buys a fish-tank. But while coming back home, he feels the terrible pain in his head again. He drops the fish tank and it breaks down to pieces. He finally realizes that there may be some problem with his health and decides to see a doctor. However, the result of the X-Ray report comes out to be very disappointing for Ravi (Amitabh Bacchan). He finds out that he has brain tumor. He must operate within 6 months or he may die. However, the doctor warns him that operation of such brain tumor is very difficult. Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan) may be lucky to survive but he may become insane, or lose eyesight. No one can really tell what could happen after the operation. Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan) could not believe any word of the doctor. He could not believe that he had to die or choose a handicapped life as a burden to his needy family. He feels terrible and asks the doctor for some time before he should decide about the operation.
Ravi Sharma returns home thinking about his future. For the first time he forgets to take anything for his brother. Ravi (Aitabh Bacchan) has to meet Neela (Parveen babi) where he is forced to sing the song “Kabhi Soch Ta Houn – Admi Jo Kahta Hai, Adi Jo Sunta Hai, Jindegi Bhar O Sadaye Picha Karta Hay“. (Playback singer: Kishore Kumar, one of the most polar Kishore Kumar Song in History).
The next day he comes to know that the brother of Mr. Surendra Sinha announced that whoever could find the murderer of Surendra Sinha will be awarded 5 lack rupees. Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan) comes back home but could not sleep. The “5 lack Rupees” keeps haunting him all night. Suddenly an extra ordinary plan comes to his mind. He thinks that he will die in six months and leave his family full of pain and poverty. What if he accepts the murder charges and somehow gets the money to his family. He would die like a criminal but his family will be stable even after his death.
He goes out and calls Inspector Khurana. He suppresses his own voice and tells him that he knows the murderer. He also adds that he has all the evidences but can only reveal the name once the money is delivered to the designated person he chooses. The police agrees.
Now he has to do someting that no one can ever imagine doing in his life. He has to prepare all the evidences that would make him look like the murderer. He goes down to the place where Mr. Sinha was killed. Examines the place very well and set up fake evidences that would make him a proper suspect for the murder. He leaves some cigeratte buds, some half burnt napkins, a steel rod – proof of murder weapon – all full of his finger prints.
After setting up the trap to prove himself a murderer, he calls back the police station to tell them about the name of the person who killed Mr. Surendra Sinha. He gives the police officers all the fake evidences. The police officers are smart enough to collect all the evidences soon and comes to talk to Mr. Ravi Khanna (Amitabh Bacchan). The inspector takes the fingerprint of Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan) while talking to him to match with the finger prints of the murder evidences.
It is now very simple for the finger print experts to examine the evidences and come to conclusion that Mr. Ravi Khanna (Amitabh Bacchan) is indeed the murderer. The police arrests Ravi Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan). Everyone associated with the life of Ravi Khanna (Amitabh Bacchan) feels terrible with the unexpected incident, however Ravi (Amitabh Bachchan) felt happy that now his family is safe and got the money that they can use to live a better life.
He also accepted his crime in Court. So, the court ordered death sentence for Ravi Khanna (Amitabh Bachchan). However, his family and Neela could not take it very easily.
Ravi Khanna (Amitabh Bacchan) is taken to the Jail and he again starts to have his terrible headache even at the prisnon. The doctor took him for brain tuemr operation.The operation is done successfully. The doctor is extremely happy to save him. The inspector comes to know that the Ravi Khanna (Amitabh Bacchan) used to be his own patient.
When Ravi Khanna (Amitabh Bachchan) wakes up after the operation, the doctor congratulates him about his successful recovery. He feels very happy for a moment but becomes gloomy the next moment thinking about his horrible upcoming death. Ravi Varma (Amitabh Bacchan) asks his friend to appeal to the court. He explains everything to his lawyear friend. However, his friend tells him that it won’t be possible to convince the court that he is innocent when he is actually convicted for the murder.
Now he must find out the true murderer to save his own life. How can he do it? He eacapes from the hospital where he was staying under guard. The police soon come to know about the escape and began searching.
Ravi Khanna (Amitabh Bacchan) was hiding in various places when he finds a man who was carrying the ring of the murdered Mr. Sinha. Ravi Khanna (Amitabh Bacchan) comes to know that he bought the ring from of of the black-seller. He goes to the seller to find out that even he got the ring from a local thief. Now we meet with the one of the notorious criminal character in Hindi Film industry – Pran. But turned out that even the local theif is not the real murderer. However, he actually saw the person who killed Mr. Sinha. After some chemistry between Amitabh and Pran with some fight scenes, the mystery revelealed and we come to know that it was no other than thebrother of Surendra Sinha who brutally killed his own brother. Pran dies saving Ravi Khanna.
Like most other Amitabh Bachchan movies, Majboor is all about Amitabh. No one except Amitabh Bachchan has a role. You may remember Pran for his superb performence which ranged about 20 minutes. Neither Parveen Babi or Farida Jalal had to to anything. This is one of the movies where Amitabh Bachchan did not do much comedy scenes and tried to porteay the charecter for the most part of the film.
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