- Director:Subhash Ghai
- Writer:Sachin Bhowmick,Rahi Masoom Reza
- Cast:Rishi Kapoor,Tina Ambani,Simi Garewal
- Time:2h 39min
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Tina Ambani||-||Tina (as Tina Munim)|
|Simi Garewal||-||Kamini Verma|
|Raj Kiran||-||Ravi Verma|
|Prem Nath||-||Sir Judah|
|Durga Khote||-||Shanta Prasad Verma|
|Jalal Agha||-||Dr. Dayal|
|Pinchoo Kapoor||-||Mr. G.G. Oberoi|
|Iftekhar||-||Dr. Daniel (as Iftikhar)|
|Birbal||-||Daiyan (Kabir's right)|
|Viju Khote||-||Baiyan (Kabir's left) (as Vijoo Khote)|
|Mac Mohan||-||Sir Judah's Spokesperson|
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.