Laawaris (1981 film)

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Laawaris (transl.Orphan or Scoundrel) is a 1981 Indian masala film directed by Prakash Mehra. The film became known for its song "Mere Angene Mein Tumhara Kya Kaam Hai" (roughly translated as: "In my courtyard, what is your purpose?") rendered twice: the first time by a young Alka Yagnik, who earned her first Filmfare nomination as best female playback singer, and the second time by Amitabh Bachchan. The second version became very popular due to Bachchan's comedic performance in drag. The lyrics pay tribute to every type of wife, be they fat, tall, short, dark, or fair skinned. Even today, the song is popular among audiences.

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Directed byPrakash Mehra
Written byShashi Bhushan
Kader Khan
Prakash Mehra
Din Dayal Sharma
Produced byPrakash Mehra
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Zeenat Aman
CinematographyN. Satyen
Music byKalyanji-Anandji
Release date
22 May 1981 (1981-05-22)
Running time
189 minutes
Box office₹9 crores
(equivalent to ₹166 crores in 2020)

Laawaris starred Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Amjad Khan in lead roles. In Hindi, "Laawaris" loosely means bastard or orphan. Although the word still has negative connotations, they are not as extreme as in English. The story revolves around an orphan who stumbles over reality in search for his parents.

The film was declared "super-hit" at box-office according to Box Office India. It was the fourth-highest grossing Bollywood film of 1981.[1] It earned additional Filmfare nominations for Best Actor (Amitabh Bachchan) and Best Supporting Actor (Suresh Oberoi).