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Karz (1980)
  • Director:
    Subhash Ghai
  • Category:
  • Writer:
    Sachin Bhowmick,Rahi Masoom Reza
  • Cast:
    Rishi Kapoor,Tina Ambani,Simi Garewal
  • Time:
    2h 39min
  • Year:
Sir Juda plans to take over the vast estate of Ranimaa, but finds out that the beneficiary is her son, Ravi Verma. He asks Ravi's girlfriend to marry him, and then have him killed accidentally, which she does. This devastates Ranimaa, and leaves the estate open for Sir Juda to take over. Years later, Monty Oberoi, who is a popular singer, surfaces into this story. He has visions of a murder taking place, and is unable to comprehend the meaning of these visions. His travesl take him to Ranimaa's estate, and it is then that he realizes the reason and motive of his birth.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Rishi Kapoor Rishi Kapoor - Monty
Tina Ambani Tina Ambani - Tina (as Tina Munim)
Simi Garewal Simi Garewal - Kamini Verma
Raj Kiran Raj Kiran - Ravi Verma
Prem Nath Prem Nath - Sir Judah
Pran Pran - Kabira
Durga Khote Durga Khote - Shanta Prasad Verma
Abha Dhulia Abha Dhulia - Julie
Jalal Agha Jalal Agha - Dr. Dayal
Pinchoo Kapoor Pinchoo Kapoor - Mr. G.G. Oberoi
Iftekhar Iftekhar - Dr. Daniel (as Iftikhar)
Birbal Birbal - Daiyan (Kabir's right)
Viju Khote Viju Khote - Baiyan (Kabir's left) (as Vijoo Khote)
Mac Mohan Mac Mohan - Sir Judah's Spokesperson
Mukri Mukri - College Principal

Karz (1980)

The classical tune of the film was inspired from George Benson's We as love.

The track of Sir Juda played by Premnath was added later to the film as those days female actress were not seen in the role of antagonist.

Russian DJ RZHB sampled "Main Solah Baras Ki". It was titled "Bycycle Amphibian".A music video was also posted on youtube. The only problem is people are unable to search the video due to the DJ writing his name and all songs in Russian writing .To find the songs, one must go to the Google Translate page and type in the English writing of the songs name, then click "Translate" into Russian. Only then when the Russian writing shows up can the person cut and paste the Russian writing and enter it under the search engine on youtube.com. Then you will be able to find all of RZHB's work.

Subash Ghai launched his production banner Mukta arts on October 24 1978 and launched his first film as Karz.

The songs of the film inspired several film titles, notably Paisa Yeh Paisa (1985), Main Solah Baras Ki (1998), Ek Hasina Thi (2004), Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2006) and Om Shanti Om (2007), which was seen as light-hearted tribute to the film, as it borrowed many elements from it.

Laxmikanth Pyarelal won the Flimfare best music director award for the film.

The film was inspired from Hollywood film The Reincarnation of Peter Proud 1975.

The classical tune was played many a times in the film so Subash Ghai and Laxmikanth Pyarelal decided to compose a song on it and gave lyricist Anand Bakshi the situation and song Ek Haseena Thi was composed.

Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om had some elements of the film and also paid a tribute to it at the start of the film.

It went on to inspire several other Indian remakes, notably Yuga Purusha (1989) in Kannada, Enakkul Oruvan (1984) in Tamil, Atmabhalam (1985) in Telugu.

" Om Shanti Om " was sampled from Lord Shorty song " Shanti Om".

The song "Paisa Yeh Paisa" was sampled in the song "Operation Kumar" for the internationally released album UFOs in Bollywood by Ratbath.

Simi garewel and rishi kapoor came toghether in karz some 10 years after mera naam joker ( rishi was a kid in this film ) karz is Tina munium earlier film after des pardes, rishi & tina formed very good pair, during the shooting of the song 'dard e dil' the dance director couldnt come, so subhash ghai choreographed this song himself. Again the same case happened after 8 years on the sets of ram lakhan, subhash ghai choreographed 'tere naam liya tujhe yaad kiya'.

Subash Ghai had called a fat person for a day's shoot for the song Paisa Yeh Paisa the person did not turn up for the shoot on that day and Subash Ghai decided to play the part himself and then on he was seeing making appearances in his directional films.

the Kali Mata Temple became quite famous and many tourist visiting Ooty would ask for the place but in reality the Temple never existed as it was a set created at one of the studios in Bombay.

The film's chart-buster song, Om Shanti Om, sung by Kishore Kumar, reached the number 2 spot on the Binaca Geetmala's annual list 1980, while another duet between Lata and Kishore, Tu Kitne Baras Ki reached number 13.

Subhash Ghai admitted that Karz was partly inspired by the 1975 American film The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, mixed in with Indian beliefs on reincarnation.

Though the theme of reincarnation was earlier handled in Madhumati (1958), Kudrat (1981), and Mehbooba (1976), the modern twist with murder and revenge angle set in Karz 1980.

Sachin Bahumick and Subash Ghai worked together for the first time.

Initially Simi Garewal would ask Subash Ghai to make many changes in the scenes as she thought that after this role she would only be noted as a vamp. As the movie progressed, she started liking the way her role shaped up.

During the making of the film many told Subash Ghai that the film was not a profitable proposition as there was only one star- Rishi Kapoor. Tina Munim's Des Pardes was not yet released at that time. Raj Kiran was not a star. Simi Garewal did not have commercial value. In contrast, most big movies being made those days starred Amitabh Bachchan and/or were multi-starrers.

Boney M. song Let It All Be Music was used in the film. During the party scene when Rishi Kapoor meets Simi for the first time.,

The classic Karz tune was sampled by DB for the International album "Black Cobra". The remix was titled "Bye Bye Bollywood".

after success of Kaalicharan 1976 and Vishwanath 1978 many taught that Subash Ghai wouldn't work without Shatrughan Sinha,but those days he was very busy doing 40 films hence Subash Ghai made Rishi Kapoor as his very first choice.

Boney M song " Gotta Go Home" was played in the film. When Rishi Kapoor attempts to enter Simi Garewal's room.

The video of Om Shanti Om was used in the internationally released video of Funky Bijou's song Funky Bijou Anthem.

Sohanlal Kanwar who was working with Simi Garewal, had suggested to Subash Ghai that he cast her in the key role.

Simi Garewal was hesitant in taking up the role it took two months for Subash Ghai to convince her.

Rishi Kapoor was also hesitant in taking up the film as Subash Ghai was known for direction action films like Kaalicharan 1976 and Vishwanath 1978 and wanted to make a romantic revenge film in action era.

Amar Haldipur played the violin in the Dard E Dil,

The film was released within a week difference of Qurbani which affected its business as Qurbani was big budget film and Karz was a low budget it turned out to be a average grosser.

The reincarnation theme in the film was similar to Reincarnation of Peter Proud 1975. Just one scene from the film inspired Subash Ghai to make the film.

The film was premiered 37 years later at New Excelsior Mukta A2 cinema in Fort Mumbai owned by Subash Ghai on 23rd April 2017 which was attended by Rishi Kapoor,Simi Garewal,Subash Ghai and Amar Haldipur.

Sunil Sikand was to make his directional Debut with one of the biggest Multi star rear of 70s's titled Karishmaa which had ensemble cast like Amitabh Bachchan,Shashi Kapoor,Pran,Parveen Babi,Sharmila Tagore,Nirupa Roy,Danny Denzongpa,Ranjeet,Iftekar,Jalal Agha ,Roopesh Kumar,Jeevan and Romesh Sharma,the film got shelved after 3 reels as the story was similar to Subash Ghai's Karz 1980.

Pran's son Sunil Sikand was remaking the film Reincarnation of Peter Proud. This was in 1979. The film was titled Karishma. The film starred Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Praveen Babi, Danny Denzongpa. When Sunil got word Subhash Ghai was remaking the same film as Karz, he shelved his film. They had shot for the film for 3 months. Shashi Kapoor would die and be reborn as Amitabh Bachchan.

Ek Haseena Thi - KARZ - Laxmikant Pyarelal sampled Angelo --Brotherhood of Man. The same song was later sampled for the song Love Hua in Jaanam Samjha Karo.

Durga Khote's body double Reshma Pathan was severely hurt during the scene when the truck hits her.

Subash Ghai had completed his script and then was stuck on casting as who would play Kamini and Monty.

Subash Ghai felt Rishi Kapoor was the only choice to play Monty and his films were also doing well those and had got a star status.

It was officially remade as YUGA PURUSHA (1989) in Kannada, ENAKKUL ORUVAN (1984) in Tamil and AATMA BALAM (1985) in Telugu along with the most recent adaptation being the Hindi film KARZZZZ (2008).

Simi Garewal scene where she kills Raj Kiran was later copied in the film Pathreela Raasta with Varsha Usgoankar at 44:20 in the film.

A brilliant entertainer, which after two decades since its initial release still, has the potential to deliver its entertainment package.

Three hours of song, excellent music and a story revolving around re-incarnation and divine justice. The music is as great as the audience has come to expect from the team. The direction is snappy and the characters in the plot are all alive and vibrant with each and every one of them fitting in to the story line as vital pieces of the picture.

The guitar lead-in, which forms a prelude to the title song, is used effectively in a few instances in the movie and is instantly recognizable by anyone anywhere who has heard it just once.

The story is effective and easy for the Indian psyche to accept and appreciate since there has always been a feeling of mysticism and awe in the Indian mind when it comes to matters supernatural and the triumph of good over evil.
This movie is an absolute all time classic. It even had me stunned that Subhash Ghai was able to make a movie like this. He never even came close again. But this time he wasn't the self proclaimed showman, no, he had the help of the son of the ONLY showman Mr. raj Kapoor's son RISHI KAPOOR the best actor from all the Kapoors! Rishi really shows what acting is all about. You can feel his pain and confusion by just looking at his face. Really next to Amitabh one of the best actors Indian Cinema has ever had but never really appreciated. The film is loosely based on the movie THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD only Indianised a bit of course. Simmi Garewal gives a good performance (again with Rishi after Mere Naam Joker) and Pran steals the show. Prem Nath as a gunga is different than usual. Even Tina Munim is likable. And i haven't even mentioned the music...Wow! Dard-e-dil, Om Sjanti Om, Tu Solah Baras Ki, Ek haseena thi- all smash hits. They don't make 'm like this anymore.
After almost 26 years, I watched this film again and it still had its charm. Tina Munim, now Mrs Anil Ambani, looked absolutely gorgeous as does Simi Garewall. Rishi Kapoor, who stunned his fans then, still has the same affect.

Karz, meaning in-debt, Directed by Subash Ghai, was originally released in the early 1980's. A poor maid servant falls in love with a man, Raj, who is from a very rich family. She's persuaded to do this further when her boss, Judah, explains to her that if he helps her to gain control of the wealth, which he had been denied in a court case, he would ensure that she will have some of the estate but that this would only be done on the basis that she marries him and that four days later she murders him. Judah also promises her that hew would ensure that she is not held responsible for this. She agrees and gets married to Raj, who decides to take her to visit his family. Enroute, as planned, he is murdered and a faithful servant, Kabbira, takes the blame Years pass and Monty a singer has nightmares - which he finds out may be related to his previous birth. But he doesn't believe it and decides that he wants to perform on stage as much as he can.

The movie stars Raj Kiran, Tina Munim, Rishi Kapoor, Simi Garewall, Pran, Premnath and Durga Khote.

One of the most remembered scenes in this movie are between Simi and Rishi Kapoor. Karz is a most memorable movie based on reincarnation and the songs are just memorable - "Om Shanti Om" by the late Kishore Kumar and "Darde Dil" by the late Mohd Rafi.

A worthwhile movie to watch and especially if you like good old movies.
Karz is a goosebumps inducing tale of revenge that spans lifetimes. Sir Juda (Prem Nath in an over the top villainous role) plots with a brother sister duo to trap and kill Ravi Verma (Raj Kiran) so he can take over the Verma family fortunes in Ooty. Who needs villains when you have Simi Garewal, playing the loving wife Kamini. She marries Ravi, there is joyous listening to his favorite guitar music, and then she crushes him to death with her jeep within days of the marriage! Then she ousts Ravi's mother (a suitably weepy Durga Khote) and sister, and sets out to rule the empire. Of course the strings are being pulled by Sir Juda (what a weird name but it was the 80s!). Cut to modern times where a young pop star Monty (Rishi Kapoor in a youthful avatar) begins to have hallucinations that seem to come from a past life and are associated with a musical guitar riff, yes that one. He is in love with Tina (the beauteous Tina Munim) and follows her to Ooty. Tina's uncle (Pran) knows part of Kamini's secret and Monty fills in the gaps. Then they hatch a scheme to terrorize her and scare her into confessing her crime. The final song sequence where Kamini finds out that all is known is the stuff of legends.

Subhas Ghai was still in his magical phase of film making pre-Khal Nayak, Taal and Kisna! The story is well written, the cinematography is quite innovative for its time, and he is able to get decent performance out of all concerned. Particularly noteworthy is Simi as the greedy Kamini - the role of a lifetime, beautifully done. She is sleek, beautiful and yet sinister. Rishi Kapoor does a decent job as Monty, at close to 30 he still manages to carry off the 21 year old Monty really well, without being handicapped by his short stature. Tina Munim sizzles in looks, is okay in acting and the role is that of a young ditzy girl - a bit silly. BTW - did anyone else worry about a 16 year old marrying a 21 year old man? I mean she was 16 - why was she getting married? Pran is great, Prem Nath is a caricature and he does it well. Raj Kiran is quite good as Ravi.

Karz is the film it is because of 2 outstanding music numbers by Laxmikant Pyarelal. The starting number Meri Umar Ke Naujawanon (Om Shanti Om) is flawless in the singing (dancing leaves much to be desired). Ek Haisna Thi - this is a goosebumps inducing number, amazingly sung and performed on stage. This song is the heart and soul of Karz. Forgettable are Paisa Yeh Paisa, Main Solah Baras Ki, and Kamal Hai (even Aruna Irani sizzling cannot save this atrocious number). Darde Dil Darde Jigar is very sweet but not that relevant to the story.

The bad - parts of the film are amateurish to the extreme, why are random people with scarred faces, or dressed as skeletons shown to be scaring Kamini. That stuff was laughable. Sir Juda and his cohort were quite silly. Tina Munim acting the super naive girl and then they get married - that was disturbing. No one really seemed to age appropriately in 21 years.

But overall Karz is more than a timepass film. It does reach out to the viewer and captures your imagination. The idea of revenge that can be had even past one life time is very empowering. It is sort of like a karmic wheel that got compressed by the wronged.
This movie is an Indianised version of THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD (1975)

The movie follows a good plot line as THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD while making the characters and incidents different

Rishi Kapoor and Raj Kiran look the same thats why the reincarnation bit looks really good The best scenes were shared by Rishi and Simi

The memorable songs include OM SHANTI OM, DARD-E-DIL and EK HASINA THI Rishi dances well to these songs and the picturization was brilliant

Rishi Kapoor is a really good actor and you can touch his feelings using his expressions Pran steals the show Premnath as a mute villain is different His name is quite strange but it was the 80s Simi Garewal was beautiful and sinister Tina Munim is OK
Karz is one of the most famous Subhash Ghai films, but according to me it is nowhere among his best. The execution is uneven and at places the film does not flow well. The story is very interesting, but the script lets it down. The film spans for a period of something like three decades (Monty's age was specified as almost 30 in the film), but the characters do not even age appropriately during this time. Some of the dialogues and the proceedings are overdone and some sequences are amateurishly done. Despite the flaws, Karz does have entertainment value, mainly due to the fantastic music and some successfully shot moments of suspense. Songs like "Dard-E-Dil", "Om Shanti Om" as well as the instrumental theme of the movie are beautiful. The entire reincarnation track could have been better done. Rishi Kapoor is Monty, a top singer who was named Ravi at his previous birth. Ravi was killed by his wife Kamini and eventually reborn as Monty, probably in order to take revenge. Kapoor did his part well, but at some points he overdid it. The vibrant Tina Munim played his love interest, and her overly childish attitude really got on my nerves. The show was stolen by the awesome Simi Garewal, and she played her elegant vicious Kamini with style. Karz is an okay film, quite watchable and enjoyable, but basically nothing particularly good.
Please be aware, I watched Karz 2008 (which is a remake of this movie) before seeing this version of the story. And I enjoyed the 2008 version. But it also meant - I already knew the story and how it was going to play out. For me, viewing this movie was an exercise in seeing someone else's vision of this story play out. Which is always a fun geek experience - if you like the story, which I do.

The other thing you need to know is that the only Hindi language movie I own on blue ray is Om Shanti Om. Because I love that movie.

Why is this important? Because - Farah Khan - who directed Om Shanti Om - borrowed heavily from Karz 1980 for Om Shanti Om. In fact, Om Shanti Om is clearly Farah's reimagining of the story. And I had no idea until just now - having just finished watching Karz 1980. And now that I've seen the original Karz - I have a much better understanding of Farah's brilliance. Keep in mind, I already thought she was brilliant. This just seals the deal.

I tell you all this because it's impossible for me to review this movie without referencing the other 2 movies since they are all related. Om Shanti Om is basically a reimagining of Karz 1980 by Farah Khan. And ... I had no idea that Om Shanti Om had anything to do with Karz while I was watching Karz 2008.

So let's talk about this version of Karz (1980)

1st - The is the best thing I've seen Rishi Kapoor in. I don't like him that much. I like his wife and his son a lot. But him. meh. Like in Chandni - I found him really annoying even though I totally loved Sridevi and enjoyed the movie. I understood I was supposed to root for him in the love triangle, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. Neither could my dad who saw it with me. I don't like how rough Rishi is with his dancing partners and he's not a very good dancer. Even in this movie - there were times when it looked painful how awkwardly and roughly he was pulling his partner into a spin. Granted, I did like Rishi in Kabhi Kabhie - but I still found him - odd. This movie - I was with him and rooting for him the whole time - and yes - his acting was so good in a pivotal scene - it made me cry.

2nd - the music. I own the soundtrack to Om Shanti Om - and LOVE that music. So - hearing the original songs that the writers for Om Shanti Om were stealing from - was awesome. Really enjoyed it. And again - it points to the artistry of the writers for Karz that they could write melodies that would be so haunting and so adaptable to a different style. And to the artists who wrote and sang the music for Om Shanti Om - for stealing from Karz directly - and yet creating something entirely new. Brilliant.

3rd - the cinematography. They made use of a lot of spinning and camera rotation throughout this film. From the record player in the Om Shanti Om sequence to the pivotal scene where they get Kamini to confess. I would have said it was a bit much - since it was everywhere. But ... it only happens when someone is experiencing a flashback moment where the present and the past are colliding. And it's surprisingly effective at conveying the confusion and mixed emotions of those moments. And again, it's really amazing to see how Farah adapted the rotation element into Om Shanti Om and more importantly why she did. It also helps me make sense of the climatic scene in Veer-Zaara where this same rotation occurs, melding past and present emotionally and physically in space.

4th - the ballad of Om Shanti Om. OK - in Karz - it's not called that. But it's basically the same scene and the base melody is the same AND the outfit our girl is wearing is echoed in what Farah did with that exact same scene in Om Shanti Om. I LOVED seeing the version in Karz 1980 as a result. It was just as powerful for me, probably because I could see the two movies (Karz and Om Shanti Om) juxtaposed on each other. It was seriously cool and again - speaks to the brilliance of Farah that she could steal so blatantly and make it her own and yet be so totally overt that she was stealing and what she was stealing from.

5th - the house. Yeah - the set where the ballad of Om Shanti Om is shot in Om Shanti Om - makes sense now. As does the fire element. Again - brilliance how Farah stole those from Karz and how she used the differently.

To summarize: I understand now more of what Farah was doing with Om Shanti Om. Is Karz 1980 worth watching on it's own? Yes! It is. Totally. It's a good story and Rishi is great it in and the music is great and its a very good movie. It's just all the more awesome when you have the added layers of film making future and past mixing in your head while you watch it.
Subhash Ghai earlier made some very good films KARZ is his best, though VIDHAATA too was a good film

KARZ is a remake of REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD(1975) and also has songs lifted from Italian songs.etc

The story may sound nothing special today but was terrific for 80's and the direction, screenplay, writing was topnotch

The initial reels on Rishi are good but the best part is when he realises he is Ravi Verma is scenes with Simi are splendid, first when he reaches her house wild and then their love story and the volatile climax

The film just keeps you on the tenterhooks throughout and the last speech by Rishi is awesome

Direction is very good by Subhash Ghai, sadly none of his today's films hold a similar impact Music is very good, EK HASEENA THI is the best and DARD E DIL OM SHANTI OM are too fab

Amongst actors Rishi is the life of the film and he excels, his expressions especially when he realises he is Ravi Verma, his breakdowns are simply magical His last speech is his best It's a shame that Himesh tried to play the role in the remake and he faltered Simi too is excellent in her part WHile the heroine too is good Amongst rest Pran is excellent Prem Nath is okay, Macmohan is good and rest are all good
This is one of my favourites. When I was growing up, we had a video of this movie. I saw this movie countless times and never got tired of it. That song dard-e-dil is an amazing song. Tina Munim looked so beautiful in that song with a black scarf on her head.

Rishi Kapoor truly is one of the best actors. He did justice to the role. Durga Khote as Rishi Kapoor's mother played a very emotional role. Simi Grewal was stunning in her role as Rani Sahiba and a villain.

This is a must see movie. It's the best movie on reincarnation, I can think of. The only other movie that would come close is Kudrat.
A cleverly made re-incarnation story. The music in the movie is very good, but the story seems to be an old one.A person who has been killed by his lover in his previous birth has taken a new birth to seek his past revenge. The movie is very similar to mehbooba(1976), which is starred by RajeshKhanna and HemaMalini.If the role of Premnath would have been done by PremChopra it would been better for the movie.You can watch the movie only for its music.I would give 4 out of 10 for this movie.RishiKapoor plays charming music in this movie and he is well good also in the emotional scenes. SimiGarewal has played her role in a cruel manner and she scores in the climax scenes.