Inquilaab (1984)

Street-wise and poor, Amar Nath makes a living selling cinema tickets and fast-food snacks (Bhel Puri) outside cinema halls. He is taken under the wing of a politician and Chair of the “Garibon Ki Party’, Shankar Narayan, allowed to join the Police Academy, and returns as a Police Inspector. He falls in love and gets married to Asha, the only daughter of multi-millionaire businessman, Sitaram.

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, CS Dubey, Utpal Dutt

When he successfully apprehends and kills a terrorist by the name of Anil Raj, he is promoted as the Assistant Commisisoner of Police. Asha shares his joy, and soon both are informed that they will soon be proud parents. Then Amar also apprehends and kills a smuggler by the Koya Koya Atachi, and gets immensely popular with the public, so much so that Shankar Narayan resigns and asks Amar to be the Chair of the political party, which Amar accepts and quits his job from the Police Force.

It is then that pregnant Asha finds out that Amar is not who he claims to be but is a pawn in the hands of skilled politicians – who have been using him as their hit-man, and now are ready to use him as the Chief Minister so that they can carry on with their nefarious activities. Watch what Asha does to prevent Amar from influencing their newborn son, and from attaining power.

This was one of the first Amitabh movies I’ve seen, my cousin first introduced me to it and I’ve thought it was one of the best ever since. The plot as well as the songs are fantastic, and the fight scene on the beach is the best I’ve seen in Indian cinema. I’m surprised it’s not available on DVD yet, as it certainly ranks up there with Amitabh’s other hits (such as Don, Naseeb and Sholay).

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