Synopsis: Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) father is brutally lynched by villagers after being framed by Kancha Cheena (Danny Denzongpa), and his family is forced to flee. The young Vijay vows revenge, and grows up protecting his sister and mother by becoming a gangster himself. Eventually he works his way up the ladder until he is face to face with the men who killed his father, but by this time he is little different from them, and his actions have put his family in the line of danger once more.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Mukul Anand
  3 wins & 1 nomination.
174 min

Don't look back.

Look... over there.

The world prays before

the rising Sun, ...

...for it's the source of light

for the whole world.

But dad, the Sun gives us light

only during the day.

But the nights are lit up in

the city, isn't that so, Daddy?

Do people in the city pray to

the lights ofthe night?

People in the city pray for wealth;

not for the light ofthe day.

And those who are enamored of

wealth live a life of lies...

... and they oRen stray

towards the wrong path.

Why so, Daddy?

Because the path oftruth

is difficult to tread upon.

lt is a fiey path.

The fiey path...?

-Don't you remember the poem?

Oh yes... l remember.

''O' traveller on the

path through fire''

''Should you ever find

a tree on your way''

''Seek not even the shade of a leaf

For the path leads through fire''

''Tread tirelessly and without rest

upon the path of fire''

''Make unto yourselfthat promise''

- Oh no!

Promise that!

- All right... l promise.

''For traveller, you tread upon

the path through fire''

l forgot the next lines, Daddy.

''Thus he wades ...

... through a sea of

tears, sweat and blood''

''For the traveller, treads upon

the path through fire''

What does that stanza mean,


Man must pass the test of fire...

... by blood, toil, sweat and


And then, no obstacle can stand

in the way ofwhat he seeks.

l won't forget this poem ever.

l promise.

That's good, Son.

- Hello there, schoolmaster!

Electricity is coming to our village.

The engineer is here already.

Shiksha! Hey Shiksha!

How many times have l told you, Vijay,

not to run about! Watch your step!

Hey Shiksha!

- What's up, Brother?

Why! You're still sitting

beside the lamp! Just forget it!

Vey soon, we'll have the sun

brought right into our house.

What do you mean?- Electricity

is coming to our village!

This is Mr. Mathur,

the chief engineer.

Greetings, Sir.- He's here for

the electricity project.

Till the project is completed,

he'll stay as a guest in our house.

Please come inside, Mr.Mathur.

- Thank you.

Electricity will bring about...

... a renaissance of a new

India in our village.

Oh yes.

- Please come along.

This is the school

for the children.

lt's necessay to have

electricity in here.

Hey lady! What are you doing?!

Is that a garbage dump?

That must be a hat you're wearing!

- Yes.

You're well-regarded here,

school master.

The people not only respect me

but also love me.

Bloody swine!

Have you gotten drunk again?

- Yes, l am drunk!

Bloody swine!

You told my wife

not to give me money...

...Not to give me money, for a


ls it your money?!

Don't.- Aren't you ashamed, you


lfyou are so enraged,...

... you may strike me

on the other cheek too.

Will you have your wife do

menial jobs for a living?

Must your children berate their fate

for having been born to you?

ls that the way you discharge

your duty as a father?

lnstead of caring for her,...

... must you snatch money

from her and beat her up?

l can't live without the booze.

You have been born of

this earth, as we all are.

Can't you shoulder the

responsibility ofyour family...

...when the earth bears the

burden of all life?

ls the soil so weak? Will you let

yourself be drowned in liquor?

You must do something, Boss.

These developments aren't good for us.

We'll lose control over the


l know! The winds of progress

are picking up force.

l must get a hold on my fiefs.

Else, l'll be blown away.

The money l've given you,

Dinkar Rao...

... was issued by the

government of India.

lt's worth far more...

... than the scrap of paper

you're given me in exchange.

You've tried to sell me the lands

which belong to the villagers.

You see, Sir...- Enough of it.

You may keep the money.

l don't take back what l have


My principle is profit.

For the sake of profit, l will...

... even accept a lie as the truth.

And l'll make friends of my enemies.

Get that?- Forgive me for

having told lies.

But you didn't tell

me the truth, either.

You didn't tell me that you

want to use this place for...

...smuggling and dealing in

stuff like opium and hashish.

You're right.

This village ofyours, Mandwa,

is nowhere on the map of India.

This place is close to Bombay; and yet

it is beyond the reach of Indian laws.

This place is ideally suited

for my shady business.

l hear that a schoolmaster

in this village...

... is tying to get

electricity in here.

lf anything like that happens

l'll be sorely disappointed.

And, it'll cost you your life.

Get that?

The schoolmaster!

ls that the result of my untiring

efforts in tying to educate you?

l had told you about

the mother in evey woman.

And here you are... with a

prostitute! In this hell!

Get out of here before ...

... your character is

destroyed. Get out!

You've destroyed many homes.

You've destroyed many young


And now, you're dragging

the children into sin.

You should be ashamed ofyourself.

-Why must l be ashamed?

Brothels are the creation of men.

They push helpless women

into prostitution.

Stop talking nonsense!

Only a fool...

... would step into

this world of sin.

lt's easy for you to preach,

because you aren't involved.

lfyou're man enough, ...

... you will help me out

ofthis world of sin.

lfyou really are man enough, you'll

bring in these books ofyours...

... and tell me of

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Santosh Saroj

Santosh Saroj is a Bollywood screenwriter and dialogue writer mostly known for films like 'Agneepath','Major Saab'.His last film as writer was Sirf,released in 2008.He was also assistant director for films like 'Mausam','Raaste Ka Patthar' He has also directed two films "Waqt Waqt ki Baat" & "Pyar Mein Sauda Nahin" . more…

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