Deewaar (The Wall) is a 1975 Indian crime drama film, directed by Yash Chopra, written by Salim-Javed, and starring Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor. Reflecting "the tumultuous politics of the early 70s" in India, Deewaar tells the story of a pair of impoverished brothers who, after their family is betrayed by the misplaced idealism of their father, struggle to survive on the streets of Mumbai. The film was loosely inspired by the real-life gangster Haji Mastan, and the 1961 Dilip Kumar film Gunga Jumna.
Directed by Yash Chopra
Produced by Gulshan Rai
Written by Salim-Javed
Starring Amitabh Bachchan,
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Distributed by Trimurti Films Pvt. Ltd
Release date 24 January 1975
Running time 176 minutes
Box office ₹ 75.0 million (US$1.2 million)
Many consider Deewaar a ground-breaking cinematic masterpiece. It was one of a slew of films establishing Amitabh Bachchan as the "angry young man" of Bollywood cinema and Parveen Babi as the "new Bollywood woman" whose character Anita is "a liberated working girl, smoking, drinking and making love to her partner, defying every Hindi film heroine rule." The movie cemented the success of the writing duo Salim-Javed, who went on to write many more blockbuster films. It is said that after the success of this film, the value of film writers skyrocketed thanks to Salim-Javed, and they soon were being paid as highly as some actors at the time.
The Deewaar in question refers to the wall that has sprung up between the two brothers, drawn apart by fate and circumstances in a time of socio-political turmoil.
Deewaar received the Filmfare Best Movie Award of 1975 in addition to six other Filmfare Awards and was a "superhit" at the box office, ranking as the 4th highest grossing Bollywood film of 1975. Indiatimes ranks Deewaar amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.
The film was later remade in Telugu as Magaadu (1976), in Tamil as Thee (1981) and in Malayalam as Nathi Muthal Nathi Vare (1983).
Director: Yash Chopra
Producer: Gulshan Rai
Cinematographer: Kay Gee
Editor: T.R. Mangeshkar,
Art Director: Desh Mukherjee
Stunts: M.B. Shetty,
Music Director: Rahul Dev Burman
Lyricist: Sahir Ludhianvi
Playback Singers: Asha Bhosle,
Soundtrack album to Deewaar
by R.D. Burman
Genre Feature film Soundtrack
Producer R.D. Burman
The Soundtrack of the movie was composed by Rahul Dev Burman, and the lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi. The soundtrack did well, and the track "Kehdoon Tumhe" was a chartbuster.
"Kehdoon Tumhe" Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle
"Maine Tujhe Manga" Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle
"Koi Mar Jaye" Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar
"Deewaron Ka Jungle" Manna Dey
"Idhar Ka Mal Udhar" Bhupinder Singh
"I Am Falling In Love With A Stranger" Ursula Vaz