Pratigya (1975 film)

Pratigya (transl.The Vow) is a 1975 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film. Produced by Dharmendra and B.S. Deol, the film is directed by Dulal Guha. The music was by Laxmikant Pyarelal and the lyricist was Anand Bakshi.[1] The film starred Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Ajit, Jagdeep, Mukri, Johnny Walker, Mehar Mittal and Keshto Mukherjee.[2]

Pratigya
Film poster
Directed byDulal Guha
Produced byBikram Singh Dehal
Kanwar Ajit Singh
Written bySafiq Ansari
Nabendu Ghosh
Kanwar Ajit Singh
StarringDharmendra
Hema Malini
Ajit
Music byLaxmikant-Pyarelal
CinematographyM. Rajaram
Edited byBimal Roy
Distributed byBikramjeet Films International
Digital Entertainment
Release date
June 27, 1975
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

The story revolves around Dharmendra out to avenge his parents' brutal murder by Ajit in this "violent revenge" story.[3] Along with its strong action scenes it also had a significant comic track in the form of "slapstick" comedy[4] getting the film referred to as a "masterpiece in comedy".[5] The film was a big commercial success at the box-office[6] and among the top 3 grossers for the year in India.[7]

Plot

Ajit Singh (Dharmendra), an illiterate truck driver, learns from his dying adoptive mother, that he is the only surviving son of an honest cop who was killed and his entire family obliterated by the dreaded dacoit Bharat Thakur (Ajit) and so, he swears revenge. On his way to Dinapur, the dacoit's hideout, he meets a grievously injured cop, Inspector D'Souza, (Satyen Kappu) who dies protecting his stash of ammunition from local dacoits. Inspector D'Souza was en route to the village of Dinapur to set up a police station with his men and the ammo, and he leaves the weapons at Ajit Singh's disposal before succumbing to his wounds. Ajit Singh uses this new found stash of machine guns and grenades to pose as a cop and sets up a police station in the aforementioned village with the help of the villagers. His love interest is the feisty and pretty village belle Radha (Hema Malini), who is the niece of dreaded dacoit Bharat Thakur but hates his ways and supports Ajit Singh. Bharat Thakur himself is a cunning man and he sets up his man, the village drunkard Chandi (Keshto Mukherjee) as a spy within the village police station nexus. The rest of the film follows the struggle between Ajit Singh and Bharat and how he goes about taking his revenge and thus fulfilling his Pratigya (Promise).

Cast

Music

The music direction was by Lakshmikant Pyarelal with lyrics written by Anand Bakshi. The playback singing was by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi.[8] The song "Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana" became a popular song remaining so till date.[9] The song's opening line was used as a title for Dharmendra's home production starring him and his two sons, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol first in 2011 and then in 2013.[10]

Songlist

#TitleSinger
1 "Main Jat Yamla Pagla" Mohammed Rafi
2 "Uth Nind Se Mirziya Jaag Ja" Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
3 "Pardesi Aaya Des Mein" Lata Mangeshkar
4 "Mornee Re Mornee Mai Jungle Kee Mornee" Lata Mangeshkar

References

  1. "Pratiggya 1975". Muvyz. Inc. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  2. "Pratigya 1975". Alan Goble. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  3. AVIJIT GHOSH (25 September 2013). 40 RETAKES. Westland. pp. 75–. ISBN 978-93-83260-31-7.
  4. Ashok Raj (1 November 2009). Hero Vol.2. Hay House, Inc. pp. 80–. ISBN 978-93-81398-03-6. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  5. India Perspectives. PTI for the Ministry of External Affairs. 2005. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  6. in The Hindu
  7. Grossing India Films in 1975
  8. "Pratigya 1975". Hindi Geetmala. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  9. "Dharmendra Salman Break into the Jat Yamla Pagla". Firstpost. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  10. "Dharmendra Film is a Family Affair". The National AE. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
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