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Directed by Tinnu Anand
Produced byIqbal Singh
Written by Inder Raj Anand
Tinnu Anand
Santosh Sah
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Parveen Babi
Asha Parekh
Kader Khan
Amjad Khan
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Cinematography Pravin Bhatt
Edited byA. Habib
Distributed byBobby Enterprises
Release date
  • 25 December 1981 (1981-12-25)
Language Hindi
Box office5 crores(equivalent to 84.02 crores or US$11 million in 2019) [1]

Kaalia is a 1981 Bollywood action film, written and directed by Tinnu Anand, and produced by Iqbal Singh. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan (in the title role), Parveen Babi, Asha Parekh, Kader Khan, Pran, Amjad Khan, K.N. Singh and Jagdeep. The music is by R.D. Burman, while the lyrics are by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The film was the 8th highest grossing Indian film of 1981. [2] The movie was remade in Kannada in 1984 as Huliyaada Kaala starring Tiger Prabhakar [3] and in Tamil in 1987 as Cooliekkaran .


The film was another classic from Bachchan's "angry young man" era and helped cement his status as a superstar. The film is also remembered for having the classic upbeat song "Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai" (sung by Kishore Kumar). It continues to be played at parties and nightclubs, along with being considered as one of the most iconic songs of the 1980s. [4] This was the only film that featured Amitabh Bachchan and Asha Parekh together, although they were never paired opposite each other.


Kaalia (Amitabh Bachchan) lives with his older brother Shamu (Kader Khan), sister-in-law Shanti (Asha Parekh), and their little daughter Munni. He is intelligent but spends his time idly playing with the neighbour's kids. His older brother gets into an accident while at work at the mill and loses his arms. He loses his job and needs money for his treatment. Kaalia begs his brother's boss, Shahani Seth (Amjad Khan), for monetary help, but he refuses. Kaalia breaks into Shahani's safe to get the money, but it proves to be too late as Shamu dies. Shahani then throws Kaalia in jail for nine months, where he meets the men that teach him crime.

After his release, Kaalia is a different, stronger man. He and his accomplices steal the gold that the boss had been smuggling at the mill. Then he burns down the mill as retribution for his brother's death. He goes to jail again, this time for two years. His accomplices lie to his sister-in-law by telling her that he is in America earning money for her and her daughter. They move from poverty to riches. In jail, Kaalia meets the jailor Raghvir Singh (Pran), a smart, ethical, strong man, whose daughter was kidnapped by one of the prisoners as a child. After Kaalia is released from prison, he is bent on seeking vengeance and eventually pairs up with a woman names Shalini(Parveen Babi).

The boss kidnaps Kaalia's niece and forces her mother to testify against Kaalia at a murder trial. He is found guilty for a murder he didn't commit and escapes from prison to find his niece. At first, the warden chases him, but once he knows the true story, decides to help him. They go to the boss's place and not only find the little girl, but also the sister-in-law about to die. The boss reveals to the warden that he was the one who had kidnapped his daughter 20 years ago and now it is the grown up Shalini. They fight with him, the boss gets beaten up, and Kaalia finally chops Shahani's arm off.



Lyrics were by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

1"Dil To Dete Nahi" Asha Bhosle
2"Jab Se Tumko Dekha" Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle]
3"Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai"Kishore Kumar
4"Kaun Kisi Ko Baandh Saka" Mohammed Rafi Chorus
5"Sanam Tum Jahan Mera Dil Wahan"Asha Bhosle
6"Tum Saath Ho Jab Apne"Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle


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