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Directed by Manmohan Desai
Produced by Manmohan Desai
Written by Kader Khan
Prayag Raj
K.K. Shukla
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Hema Malini
Shatrughan Sinha
Reena Roy
Rishi Kapoor
Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Cinematography Jal Mistry
Distributed by Aasia Films Pvt. Ltd.
Release date(s) 17 March 1981
Running time 182 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

Naseeb (Devnagari: नसीब, in English: Destiny) is an 1981 Hindi film produced and directed by Manmohan Desai. The film is a typical Manmohan Desai film with his regular star Amitabh Bachchan and a large cast, lavish sets, memorable music and the lost and found theme. The film also stars Hema Malini, Rishi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Reena Roy, Kim, Pran, Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Amjad Khan and Prem Chopra. The music is by the Manmohan Desai regulars Laxmikant Pyarelal. The film was very successful, earning Rs. 14.5 crore (US$ 2.99 million) at the box office.[1] The film was later remade in Telugu as "Trimurthulu" (1987) with Daggubati Venkatesh.[2]



Naseeb, a story of destiny and fate, begins with a lottery ticket. A drunk who cannot pay his tab trades his 'winning' ticket to the waiter, Namdev (Pran), instead. Namdev decides to share this ticket with his three friends Damu (Amjad Khan), Raghu (Kader Khan) and Jaggi (Jagdish Raj). But when it turns out to actually 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) but no one is aware he is alive. Fast forward to ten 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 only 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 who are the best of friends 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 Vicky, 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, John's younger brother Sunny (Rishi Kapoor) has fallen for Asha's younger sister, Kim (Kim). Kim and Asha also 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 two sons Johnny and Sunny. The lives of all these characters become interwined and Naseeb becomes a poignant story about love, friendship, sacrifice, deceit, revenge and above all, destiny. Naseeb set the trend for multistar song sequences like the "John, Janni, Janardan Tarra Rum pum" cameos by Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, and Mala Sinha.


Cameo appearances


  1. ^ "Box Office 1981". BoxOffice India. Retrieved 15 October 2009.  
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  3. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953

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