The year 1980 saw the
entry of one of the biggest hits of its time. It is said that the music
of this movie ushered in the "Disco Revolution" in India which lasted
many years to come and the remnants of it can still be seen today. It boasted of a popular cast such as Feroz Khan
Khanna, Zeenat Aman
, Amjad Khan
, Shakti Kapoor
, Aruna Irani, Amrish
, and exposed Kader Khan
, Shakti Kapoor
and Amrish Puri
mainstream Hindi cinema.
We, of course, are speaking of Qurbani.
Directed and produced by
(under the banner of FK International), Qurbani
quickly catapulted to the top of the box office and reigned at the top
spot for a very long time. It's direction, urban setting, music and
foreign locales, as well as upmarket
images, made it stand out amongst its contemporaries upon its release.
film is about Rajesh
), a thief who is caught by Inspector Amjad Khan
at the beginning of the story. At this time, Amar (Vinod Khanna
Rakka's (Amrish Puri
) gang, is introduced and he has a daughter. He
meets Sheela (Zeenat Aman
) and falls in love with her, though she loves
jail, Rajesh is hired by Vikram (Shakti Kapoor
) and Jwaala (Aruna Irani)
Rakka's treasury and steal back their money. Meanwhile, Amar has left
gang. When Rajesh is released from jail, he meets Vikram and refuses to
perform the job.
Amar comes across this conversation and engages in a fight with Vikram
which eventually chases him away, thus, Rajesh and Amar meet for the
first time and become friends. However,
Vikram kidnaps Amar's daughter and assaults Amar which leads to Rajesh
agreeing to do Vikram's
job. Rajesh and Amar carry out this robbery but due to
unfortunate consequences, they call their friendship quits. The rest of
the story centers around the robbery and eventually climaxes around it
garnered a lot of success and earned itself the
title of a blockbuster hit. It's songs were popular and sold the most
number of records and tapes that year. The movie received several
nominations and two awards. Nazia Hassan received a Filmfare Best Female
Playback Award for "Aap Jaisa Koi" and P. Harikishan won a Filmfare Best Sound.
received a nomination for Filmfare Best Actor, Amjad Khan
Filmfare Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Kalyanji-Anandji for Filmfare Best
Music, and Kanchan for "Laila O Laila" for Filmfare Best Female Playback
Did You Know?
- The role of Amar was initially offered to Amitabh Bachchan but he
refused and so it was offered to Vinod Khanna
- To draw shock from the audience during a time when not many people
in India had seen a Mercedes, a Mercedes Benz was decimated in an underground
- UK stunts were designed and arranged by James Dowdall, photographed
by Eric Van Herren and produced by Nick Farnes who, along with James Dowdall,
wrote the UK scenario
- Qurbani was remade in Tamil as Viduthalai in 1986 by producer K.
Balaji and was shot in USA but the film flopped
It has been 33 years since the movie released
and while it may be forgotten, its songs are still quite popular today.
Remixes of "Laila O Laila" and "Aap Jaisa Koi" are still heard in clubs
and parties and the song "Qurbani Qurbani" is a favourite of many
friends and their parties.
Author: Shreya S.
Editor: Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Virina R.