Adalat (1976)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 32 mins

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This realistic family-oriented drama delves into the life of a brave and honest, village-based farmer, Dharamchand alias Dharma, who is thrilled when his wife, Radha, gives birth to a baby boy. They decide to call the child Raju. Dharma comes to the rescue of Ajit, Suresh, and Sujit, when they are being attacked by a tiger, and they graciously offer him a job in Bombay whenever he needs it. When the region experiences drought, Dharma, Radha, Raju and Dharma's sister, Laxmi, re-locate to Bombay, where Ajit makes Dharma the manager of his warehouse. Dharma does his job diligently, but one day is arrested by the police for carrying on illegal activities. When in court, he tries to prove his innocence, but is disbelieved and is sentenced to 18 months in jail, plus an additional six months for contempt of court. How will Dharma deal with the immensity of the betrayal committed by those whose lives he had saved? What will happen to his innocent family during his imprisonment? How will the future unfold after such an atrocity?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Waheeda Rehman

Crew: Narendra Bedi (Director), Anandji Virji Shah (Music Director), Kalyanji Virji Shah (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, Family

Release Dates: 29 Dec 1976 (India)

Hindi Name: अदालत

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Did you know? Waheeda Rahman plays Amitabh Bachchan's love interest in the film, and later plays his mother in Trishul (1978). Read More
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as Thakur Dharam Chand 'Dharma' / Raju
as Radha
as Ajit Singh
Supporting Actor
as Judge
as Singh
as Police Inspector Khan
as Prosecuting Lawyer
as Rajan
Supporting Actor
as Geeta Verma
as Mr. Verma
as Sujit Singh
as Bodyguard
as Jailor




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Black & White
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24 fps
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Remade as: Shivamettina Satyam (Telugu)
Remade as: Vishwa Roopam (Tamil)
Waheeda Rahman plays Amitabh Bachchan's love interest in the film, and later plays his mother in Trishul (1978).

The film was remade in Telugu as Sivamettina Satyam (1980) and in Tamil as Vishwaroopam (1980).

One of the film's scenes uses the Biddu and Carl Douglas hit disco song "Dance The Kung Fu".

Amitabh Bachchan's hit song "Eer Bir Phatte" in the album Aby Baby was first heard in this film.

The film was initially titled Kanoon.