Dharmatma

Dharmatma, India, 30 May 1975

Wealthy, powerful and influential Seth Dharamdas (Prem Nath) leads a financially secure life in a palatial bungalow. He is known to come help people who are beyond any hope of assistance, and this leads to him being known as "Dharmatma". But Seth Dharamdas does have a number of skeletons in his closet and a parallel life as a gangster and a matka king. The only person whom he dislikes and fears is his own son Ranbir (Feroz Khan).

After a heated argument over Dharmatma's matka business, Ranbir leaves home for Afghanistan, where he stays with his uncle and manages his business. One day in a forest while riding a horse, he finds a nomadic man named Jankura (Danny Denzongpa) and a woman named Reshma (Hema Malini) fighting. He defends beautiful Reshma and falls for her. Reshma too falls for him.

Meanwhile in India, his sister Mona (Farida Jalal) is all set to marry Kundan, son of their father's old friend. She writes to Ranbir to attend her wedding and give them his blessings. Ranbir accepts her invitation and arrives at the venue. The marriage commences and Mona departs after the ceremony. While in the car, she gives her husband a steel ring with "I Love You" inscribed on it.

  • Genre: Action
  • Runtime: 159 Minutes
  • Director: Feroz Khan

Story

Dharmatama is a 1975 Hindi movie and the first Bollywood film to be shot in Afghanistan. It was produced and directed by Feroz Khan. The movie is the first attempt in India to localise The Godfather. The title character was based on matka (form of Indian gambling) king Ratan Khatri. It is said that Khan sat down with Khatri to learn more about him and understand the nuances of matka. The cast includes Feroz Khan, Hema Malini, Rekha, Premnath, Imtiaz Khan, Danny Denzongpa, Farida Jalal, Ranjeet, Helen, Madan Puri, Jeevan, Iftekhar and Dara Singh. The music is by Kalyanji Anandji. This film took Feroz Khan to new heights in his career as this was a blockbuster movie. The same year, Sholay and Deewar were released. The film is also its scenes featuring Buzkashi a Central Asian sport on horses, including aerial shots, which in turn won film's cinematographer, Kamal Bose, Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer.