Razia Sultan (1983 film)

Raziya Sultan, also known as Razia Sultan, is 1983 Indian film, written and directed by Kamal Amrohi, and starring Hema Malini, Parveen Babi and Dharmendra in lead roles.[2][3]

Razia Sultan
Directed byKamal Amrohi
Produced byA.K. Misra
Written byKamal Amrohi
StarringHema Malini
Parveen Babi
Music byKhayyam
CinematographyV.K. Murthy
Release date
  • 16 September 1983 (1983-09-16)
Budget₹4–10 crore[1]

N.B. Kulkarni won the Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction, the only win for the film. Khayyam received a Filmfare nomination for Best Music Director. Lyrics were by Jan Nisar Akhtar and two songs by Nida Fazli who walked into the project when Akhtar died. Some songs were sung by Lata Mangeshkar, including "Aye Dil-e Nadaan".


The film is based on the life of Razia Sultan (1205–1240), the only female Sultan of Delhi (1236–1240) and her speculated love affair with the Abyssinian slave, Jamal-ud-Din Yakut.


It was the second time that Khayyam worked for a Kamal Amrohi movie. Earlier he had given music for Shankar Hussain, a movie produced by Amrohi. There is a story as to how Kamal got liking for Khayyam's music. Once Kamal Amrohi and his wife Meena Kumari liked a song that they had listened to on the radio. The song was "Parbaton Ke Pedon Par" and was sung by Mohammed Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur. Later on, they learned that this song was composed by Khayyam for a movie called Shagoon (1964). However, by the time Razia Sultan went on the shooting floors, Laxmikant-Pyarelal became the most-sought-after music director duo. So, Kamal Amrohi signed them. But, he did not like one fast-paced tune composed by the duo for the film and told them to compose a new tune instead. When Kamal went to the duo's place to listen to their new tune, he was asked to wait as the music directors were in a meeting. Feeling insulted that he was asked to wait by someone so junior to him, Kamal Amrohi replaced them with Khayyam.

Big-budget Bollywood box-office disaster

According to some Indian news media reports, this film was made in a grand way over 7 years with a budget of 4 to 10 crore rupees by writer/director Kamal Amrohi. The film, when released, made barely 2 crore rupees.[1]

1 Khwaab Ban Kar Koi Aayega[4] Lata Mangeshkar
2 Jalta Hai Badan[4]
3 Aye Dil-E-Nadaan[4]
4 Tera Hijr Mera Naseeb Hai[4] Kabban Mirza
5 Aayee Zanjeer Ki Jhaankar
6 Aye Khuda Shukr Tera[4] Mahendra Kapoor, Bhupinder Singh
7 Shubh Ghadi Aayee Re[4] Parveen Sultana, Jagjit Kaur, Sulakshana Pandit Ustad Fayyaz Ahmed Khan, Niyaz Ahmed Khan, Mohammed Dilshad Khan
8 Hariyala Banna Aaya Re Jagjit Kaur, Asha Bhosle, Chorus


  1. Jha, Lata (28 September 2015). "Ten big-budget Bollywood box-office disasters". Mint (newspaper). Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  2. Nandini Ramnath (6 November 2017). "Picture the song: Is that really a lesbian moment in 'Khwab Bankar Koi Aayega' from 'Razia Sultan'?". scroll.in website. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  3. Razia Sultan (1983 film) on Complete Index To World Film (CITWF) website Retrieved 7 November 2019
  4. Film songs of Razia Sultan (1983 film) on muvyz.com website Retrieved 7 November 2019
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