40TH Anniversary Review of Naseeb 1981


Naseeb is still one of Manmohan Desai’s best films ever, it is an amalgam of many film genres. trajerdy, comedy, romance, family, drama, acton, crime, friendship, revenge, etc. The film is a fabulous massive blockbuster that still enterains after forty years.

Naseeb is a story of destiny and fate, begins with a lottery ticket. A drunken man who cannot pay his tab trades: so he decides to sell his ticket to the waiter, Namdev (Pran), instead. Namdev purchases this tickt with his three friends Damu (Amjad Khan), Raghu (Kader Khan) and Jaggi (Jagdish Raj). Using a system of drawing out the highest card to decide who keeps the ticket, Jaggi wins, and the ticket stays with him. When the ticket turns out to be a winner, Damu and Raghu turn on the other two, murdering Jaggi and framing Namdev. Namdev goes on the run but Raghu and Damu intervene and throw him over a bridge into a river and Namdev is presumed dead.

However, he is rescued by a don (Amrish Puri), and no one is aware he is alive. Fast forward to twenty years later — Damu and Raghu have used their stolen lottery money to build a fabulous hotel and make millions becoming very successful businessmen. Damu has used a share of his money to send his youngest son, Vicky (Shatrughan Sinha), to school in England. They have even employed Namdev’s oldest son Johnny (Amitabh Bachchan), Vicky’s best friend, as a waiter in the hotel. By coincidence (or by fate!) Johnny and Vicky fall in love with the same beautiful singer, Miss Asha (Hema Malini). Julie (Reena Roy) is a childhood friend of Vicky’s who is in love with him, but he only sees her as a friend. When Johnny discovers this, he and Julie sacrifice their own love to ensure that Vicky and Asha get together. At the same time, Johny’s younger brother Sunny (Rishi Kapoor) has fallen for Asha’s younger sister, Kim (Kim). Kim and Asha happen to be the daughters of Jaggi, the man Namdev supposedly murdered. Namdev returns soon after and plans to take revenge against Damu and Raghu for separating him from his sons Johnny and Sunny.

The film features iconic performances by Amitabh Bachchan, who totally dominates with his fabulous acting skills.  Be it in the comedy, emotional, romantic and great action scenes. The supporting cast of Hema Malini, Rishi Kapoor to name a few add to the feel of the explosion of glorious colours and stunning effects. On top of which we have the coming together of six iconic villains in one one big massive entertainer.

The iconic film has a timeless score by none other than Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar we’re set to redefine your expectations of what a cinematic experience can be.Who can forget the fabulous song John Jani Janardhan by Mohammed Rafi that has has cameo appearances by many actors playing themselves. The appearances include Raj Kapoor and many other film stars. The other unforgettable songs are Mere Naseeb Mein , Zindagi Imtehaan Leti Hai, Chal Mere Bhai and Rang Jamake Jayenge.

All go back and revisit the classic Naseeb, that has the lives of all the characters becoming interwined and the film  becomes a poignant story about love, friendship, sacrifice, deceit, revenge and, above all, destiny.

Naseeb even after 40 yearts still dazzles and entertains like it did back in 1981.


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