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Credited cast:
Ashok Kumar ... Rai, Rita's grandfather
Waheeda Rehman ... Janaki
Amitabh Bachchan ... Triple role (Amit / Rana Ranveer, Guru & Insp. Shankar)
Zeenat Aman ... Rita
Parveen Babi ... Manju
Amjad Khan ... Vikram Singh
Kader Khan ... Simon
Aruna Irani ... Tara
Shakti Kapoor ... Prem
Gurbachan Singh ... Bahadur (as Gurbachchan Singh)
Sujit Kumar ... Rajan
Mac Mohan ... Mac
Mukri ... Guru's foster father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Urmila Bhatt ... Guru's Foster Mother


Criminal Vikram Singh is arrested for possession of drugs thus the case is called up in a court of law which forces him to approach his lawyer friend, Amit but instead of favoring for him Amit gets him prosecuted. Shortly after Vikram gets released from jail framing Amit for the killing of his associate, Rajan. On the advice of his wife, Janaki Amit decides to run far-away to avoid getting arrested by the police. Meanwhile Janaki give birth to twin boys, Shankar and Guru; Shankar grows up to be a police officer but unfortunately Guru gets separated from her and grows up with an elderly couple. Ironically Amit now resides in Nepal where-by he is a well-respected multi-millionaire businessman, Rana Ranveer and has adopted a young girl, Manju who grows up with him. Fortunately the family gets united and plots to bring Vikram to justice. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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29 April 1983 (India) See more »

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Kathmandu, Nepal

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Amitabh shot for Mahaan in Nepal. This is what he stated "I visited Nepal in 1954. We were still living in Allahabad, and had taken a trip with the family to Patna and across the river in a steamer to Muzaffarpur. Babuji had desired a meeting with some of his very close literary contemporaries. Having done that we flew from Patna airport to Kathmandu, the Capital of Nepal, in a twin engined propellor Dakota aircraft, that warhorse of the WW 2 era, and perhaps those that have interest in aeronautics, the most sturdy and long lasting aircraft to date .It was my very first experience on a plane, and of course my very first visit to a foreign country. The excitement generated was beyond compare. I was in some very superior space during those times, my worth and value among my friends reaching its peak.Kathmandu, in 1954 was in the process of development. It was bare and scarce and basic. Babuji's dear friend Maharaj Kishen Rasgotra, of the Indian Foreign Service, was posted there as 1stsecretary in the Indian Embassy. The Ambassador then was Shri Bhagwan Sahay, a most senior old time ICS, Indian Civil Service, as it was called during the time of the British Raj, and also a great admirer and friend of Babuji.The landing strip at the airport was still a mud and earth track. And I still remember being told that the only metalled road in Kathmandu then, was the road from the Indian Embassy to the Royal Palace, then of King Tribhuvan, subsequently then of King Mahendra his heir, and after, to that tragic incident in the Palace when the heir to King Mahendra,who was the ruler, and his entire family being shot and killed by his own son.The Royal family had been admirers of Babuji's poetry, and later during my more recent trips to the land, always gave us audience.Two aspects of that Nepal visit remain still in memory - ping pong balls from China, that were available there ; an imported delicacy, so vital for us to talk about - the possession of imported goods having stature and value in social conversation, and the bandgala Jodhpuri jackets, the formal attire of India, which my Mother had made for us, my brother and me, prior to the visit, because we were told that would be occasion to wear it at one of the formal ceremonies. The ceremony was the Investiture Ceremony of the Ambassador of India to the King of Nepal, where Diplomatic credentials were presented to the host nation by the diplomatic mission of another. We had the great honour to be a part of the audience at that prestigious moment !!The jacket top was a greyish bluish spotted material and colour, the trousers were black. It was our most prized possession ! For someone that possessed no formal attire, or to be more precise, barely a pair of trousers and shirt in my clothings, this acquisition was supreme !! IIn Nepal the other memory was of poetry symposiums at various homes of dignitaries, politicians and people of eminence. Some who had spent time during revolts in prison, often talked of how my Father's works inspired them during their time in jail, and kept company with them. I remember that great big open space, a large maidan in the centre of the city, Tundi Khel. And the only Nepalese that I learnt then which has remained with me since :Kankdo kayo ! Kausto lago ? Ramro lago ramro lago !!( Did you eat the cucumber ! how was it ? it was good, it was good )And .. in a scene in my film 'Mahaan', where I play 3 characters, I used these words in the character that has Zeenat Aman opposite ... the scene in a white suit and red sunglasses, and the legendary Ashok Kumar with us, where he has gathered some prospective suitors for his daughter .It is quite remarkable that what was stored in the computer memory of the brain in 1954, was given presence in 1981 (?) or about !! Apparently, during my recent meetings with the medical profession in connection with a campaign that I am aiming to associate myself with, I gained the knowledge that, old time memories remain fresher as we age, than what transpired a day ago !!Coincidentally and See more »


Actually, Rana Sahab had picked up Shankar's identification card from the floor at the airport, read it. He realized he was an inspector, and presumed he was investigating him, therefore he dreaded meeting him. See more »

Alternate Versions

The sequence where the older Amitabh sings 'Jidhar dekhoon teri tasveer' over the phone to Waheeda was cut from the DVD's released by Time and Shemaroo. The full version was on the VHS released by Esquire. See more »


Remake of Shankar Guru (1978) See more »


Jidhar Dekhoon
Lyrics by Anjaan
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Performed by Amitabh Bachchan
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Jam-Packed Entertainer !
16 December 2013 | by rkusa_1See all my reviews

Three times Amitabh Bachachan what is there not to love !(Triple Role). The range of characters Amitabh can play is simply amazing. R.D.Burman is at his one of the best composition with the music/songs. Given the time period in the Indian Cinema at the time, don't expect a whole lot or try to compare it to anything as it won't be a fair comparison.

The plot of course is nonsensical and having so many tasty ingredients in it makes it almost too rich for someone not a true Bollywood or Amitabh Bachchan fan. The real reason to see this movie of course is to see the Big B playing three very different characters and doing a surprisingly good job at all of them. The 'aspiring actor' Amitabh character is the most fun to watch and has some great comedic scenes although they are absurd even by Bollywood standards. Most importantly however,in our opinion this movie marked the end of Amitabh's golden era. The notable exception being 'Sharaabi' the following year for which he received a nomination for a Filmfare Best Actor award. The injury on the set of 'Coolie', questionable movie choices and the great equalizer of age started his inevitable decline but his was a flame that refused to be extinguished. After realizing that he could no longer do the leading man roles that his audiences expected from him, he has made a graceful transition into more mature roles. 'Main Azaad Hoon' and 'Khuda Gawah' were the standout beginnings in that era with 'Mohabattein' putting the finishing touches on it. But for those fans of Amitabh of yesteryear and Bollywood masala at it's zaniest I would heartily recommend 'Mahaan' as one of that era's swansong films.

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