This Week From Past – Shakti (1982)


Release date : Friday, October 01, 1982

Shakti is a 1982 Bollywood film directed by Ramesh Sippy and starring Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Smita Patil and Amrish Puri. It was written by the writing duo Salim-Javed. Although the film was Semi Hit at the box office, it was notable for being the first and only film to feature Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan.

Synopsis :

A scrupulously honest cop DCP Ashwini Kumar (Dilip Kumar) has a very difficult decision to make when his son Vijay Kumar as a child is kidnapped by gangster JK Verma (Amrish Puri). JK demands the release of one his accomplices who was arrested and jailed by Ashwini Kumar or he will kill Vijay. Ashwini refuses to let a criminal be released and so Vijay decides to escape from the kidnappers himself and is eventually saved. Vijay grows up as (Amitabh Bachchan) never forgetting that his father refused to break the rules of his police work even if it meant saving his life. Vijay leaves home and starts living with Roma Devi (Smita Patil), a woman who has a spare room to rent. Eventually he falls in love with her and they get married secretly. He starts working for mobster K.D Narang (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), who used to be one of JK Verma’s accomplices and had let Vijay escape from JK Verma’s clutches as a child. Vijay sees this a favour to him for what he did so he decides to do all of Narang’s illegal activities for him. Eventually the rivalry between JK and Narang forces Vijay to act as bodyguard for Narang and go on the run with him.

Few words from Rajiv Kohli :

The film can be truly described as the “Clash of two Superstars” because for the first time in their careers Amitabh and the Dilip Kumar had shared screen space together. In fact, it was their first and last film together….. after growing up and bieng a part of the film industry during discussions what I hear now is that Shakti was supposed to be the most awaited film of its times as Amitabh and Dilip Kumar were starring opposite each other for the first time…..remember the craze of Saudagar (when Dilip Kumar and Raj Kumar came together after 32 odd years) it was same craze as that for Shakti…..also Actually Shakti was promoted as an action movie at the time of its release but I after watching it so many times strongly feel that it is a very very intense and well executed emotional drama successfully directed by Ramesh Sippy….. This film is a true and factual reflection of how a man falls victim to circumstances….”

Boxoffice :

Shakti did Hit business in Mumbai, Pune and UP, but underperformed in interiors, It collects 5.5 Crore at box-office, out of which Maharashtra contribution was approx. 2 Crore[ Mumbai collects 65 lacs], and Delhi- U.P. contributes 1.5 Crore which was huge at that era. Overall it was Semi Hit.


— BollyBusiness

~ by Yakuza on October 3, 2009.

11 Responses to “This Week From Past – Shakti (1982)”

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  3. I personnaly think Amitbah towers above Dillip sab in Shakti with silent but intense act.

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  5. Shakti was a classic, and one of the best films in the 80s. Was Shakti a Semi-Hit because of the price it was sold for? Was Vidhaata the biggest hit of 1982 that year?

    • It underperformed in interiors, problem with movie was different set of expectations from audience, From posters and title(Shakti) it was like action packed adventure, But in reality it was intense Drama. At this point audience felt cheated and rejected this brilliant piece. But it was good Hit in metros.

  6. I love film shakti.but very unfortunte with amitabh because he did amazing work but all credits went to dalip.I think amitabh was better than dalip in film shakti.what do u think sir?

  7. Dear Yakuza, have one question,r u visiting to amitabh blog bigb.bigadda.i saw satyam but i never saw ur name.and another request please sir we want to see ur pictures also and also I am thinking about u that u have too much knowledge and what is ur age?

  8. Shakti – semi-hit.That’s Amitabh for you.Even his flops do well than most hit movies.

    • ofcourse 5.5 crore was Blockbuster business of any movie at that time … Qurbani, Aasha were blockbusters at 5 Crore business .. so as Shakti. But due to much higher expectations, it termed as under performer.

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