Deewaar is regarded as one of the best classics in Indian cinema. Directed by Yash Chopra and produced by Gulshan Rai in 1975 it has been ranked number four in the list of all-time box office hits.
The multi star cast consists of Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Nirupa Roy and Parveen Babi. The writers are Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar. The movie had songs by R.D. Burman like “kehdoon tumhen”, “maine tujhe manga” and “deewaaron ke jungal”.
The movie’s loosely based on smuggler Haji Mastan’s life and is about
Sumitra Devi (Nirupa) and Anand Verma (Satyen Kappu) who have two sons on the opposing sides of the law.
Anand was a trade unionist that fought for laborers rights. He was blackmailed by a rich businessman who asked him to stop helping the laborers in return for letting Anand’s family live.
For the betrayal, the laborers attack Anand and they tattoo “my father is a thief” on Vijay’s (Amitabh) arm, a constant reminder for him about the troubles his family underwent. Forced to run away, the family flees to Mumbai where Sumitra becomes a day laborer. Vijay works as a boot polisher, then a dockyard worker, a smuggler and eventually a don.
He sacrifices his own future to educate his younger brother Ravi (Shahi) who becomes a righteous cop. Ravi dates Veera (Neetu) from a respectable family whereas Vijay is involved with Anita (Parveen). She is an independent woman who has premarital sex, smokes, and drinks. Anita soon becomes pregnant and Vijay wants to correct his life so he can raise a family with her. When the underworld attacks her, Vijay reaches a point of no return and is killed by Ravi. Vijay dies in his mother’s arms asking for forgiveness and Ravi is awarded for his bravery.