Dharm Aur Qanoon

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Directed by Joshiy
Story byB. R. Ishara
Bhushan Banmali
Produced byPranlal Mehta
Starring Dharmendra
Rajesh Khanna
Jaya Prada
Asha Parekh
Vinod Mehra
Danny Denzongpa
CinematographyBaba Azmi
Kishan Maheshwari
Thomas Xavier
Edited byN. Chandra
Music by Kalyanji Anandji
Release date
  • 3 August 1984 (1984-08-03)

Dharm Aur Qanoon (transl. Religion and Law) is a 1984 crime thriller film starring Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Vinod Mehra, Jaya Prada, Asha Parekh and Danny Denzongpa, with Supriya Pathak, Manmohan Krishna, Iftekhar and Om Shivpuri in the supporting roles. [1] It had box office collection of 6.5 crores in 1984 [2] and the film was a commercial hit at the Indian box-office and was critically acclaimed. [3] Dharm Aur Qanoon was the remake of director Joshiy's Malayalam movie Aarambham released on 1 September 1982. Aarambham was the top grosser movie in Malayalam industry in 1982 with an ensemble cast. The film was remade in Tamil that same year as Ezhuthatha Sattangal ('Unwritten Laws') directed by K. Shankar.



Justice Diwan lives in a bungalow with his wife, Sharda, and a son named Rajan. Diwan was a very famous advocate in his younger days and today has become a name to reckon with. His admirers include the superintendent of police Kader whom he knows since his younger days. Diwan has been appointed as the judge in the court. Diwan's wife Shanta considers Rahim Khan as her brother. Rahim visits Diwan's house daily to give her flowers to wear and for presenting them to her house temple.

Diwan doesn't get along with his son Rajan even though both love each other a lot. Eventually Rajan moves out to live in a nearby slum area with Rahim in his house. Dr. Bashir Khan is Rahim's brother and lives in a bungalow next to Rahim's small house. It's not that Rahim and Bashir are not attached to each other: Bashir has become a doctor thanks to Rahim's efforts. Rahim wants to spend the rest of life staying in that small house, as this is the house where his wife died. It is also a practice that Diwan, Rahim and Shardha have breakfast together in the morning and sometimes Kader joins them at Diwan's house. Bashir has been in love with Reshma since their school days and this fact is unknown only to Rahim Khan. All others including Reshma's father Kader and his closest friend Justice Diwan and his family is aware of them being in love.

Bashir Khan hopes to marry Reshma soon. Meanwhile, Rajan starts loving a fisherman's girl named Shanta. Rahim Khan makes a living for himself by collecting Hafta from the fisherman; he saves them from the Bhuree and his men who keep attacking the fisherman for they want them to vacate the premises and want to construct a building complex. Bhuree's men fear Rahim Khan so they give warnings to fishermen in his absence from the village. Later in a case, Diwan sentences Tejaa, the head of the group of Buree and his men to life imprisonment. But Tejaa manages to get bail with help of his advocate. After coming out of the prison, Tejaa decides to take revenge from Diwan. Within a few days Dr. John, Bashir's senior, is killed and the evidence points at Bashir being at the place of crime (the worker had seen Bashir with a knife covered in blood). Bashir is arrested and, in the court, Justice Diwan finds him guilty after examining the witnesses and orders that he be hanged. Bashir gets lodged in jail. Rahim asks Diwan to help Bashir and to prove somehow that he is innocent. Diwan says he knows Bashir being Rahim's brother and being a doctor cannot commit the crime, but he as a judge has to announce judgments according to evidence. Bhuree has an eye on Shanta, too, and so decides to give her father much wine. When he is intoxicated, he rapes Shanta. The next day Bhurre is found dead, and the evidence points to Rajan, who is arrested and produced before Justice Diwan, who finds him guilty, and sentences him to death. Rajan says to his mother that he has not killed Bhuree and that he would have been happy to kill Bhuree.

An alteration takes place between Sharda and Diwan where Diwan shows his helplessness and he says he prefers duty over attachments. Later on Rahim finds his house burned down and is out on the street after the destruction of his house. The rest of the story is about how Rajan and Bashir prove their innocence, who killed Bhuree and Dr. John, why were they killed and by whom, how Rahim tries his best to find out who is the real culprit who is trying to frame Diwan and his family in false charges and how Diwan sticks to his principles of law and to what extent he goes to ensure that justice is delivered.




K. Shankar remade this film in Tamil as Ezhuthatha Sattangal in 1984. The original had Rajesh Khanna in double role reprising the role of lawyer and his son and the Muslim man was played by Dharmendra. However the Tamil version had the lawyer role being played by Jaishankar, the lawyer's son was played by Prabhu, the Muslim man was played Sivaji Ganesan.

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