Kishan and Bishan are childhood friends. Kishan is an orphan but who is self-sufficient and hard-working, while Bishan comes from an affluent background. The friendship between the two is extremely strong and is the bane of Bishan's uncle who has his eyes on his widowed sister's wealth. In a bid to separate the two friends the uncle manipulates his sister into sending Bishan away to the city and then abroad for further education.
When the two friends re-unite years later, Bishan (Amjad Khan) discovers that Kishan (Amitabh Bachchan) has a great voice. Bishan is now a successful businessman and he wants to promote Kishan's singing talent. Kishan goes to the city with his friend, where Bishan asks Komal (Neetu Singh) to groom him to be a performer and a gentleman. Kishan tries to get expelled from the process by being uncooperative and disruptive. In the meantime, Bishan discovers that the family wealth has been systematically looted over the last 18 years by the uncle and his son. He is forced to borrow by mortgaging his remaining assets in order to ensure that Kishan becomes a successful singer. This causes a major rift between Bishan and his wife who is convinced that Kishan will turn his back on his friend if he were to ever succeed. Kishan's debut concert is a huge success & he goes on to donate the proceeds of his earning & consequent record deals to rid his friend Bishan of his many mortgages & in order to help woo his estranged sister-in-law & lovable nephew (Bishan's 10 year old son) back into the house.
Kishan proceeds to become a star and Komal (Neetu Singh) - his trainer professes her love for him. Bishan in the meanwhile falls into a conspiracy further set by his treacherous uncle (Jeevan) & cousin (Ranjeet). He is kidnapped alongside several hostages - primarily children on his shipping vessle, brainwashed & tortured & forced to sign a confession that all the misdeeds have been done by him. Bishan loses his mental stability & goes into shock.
He is then thrown into an asylum after he loses his mind & suffers from amnesia. Kishan pretends to be mad & admits himself in the asylum by tricking the authorities & saves his friend by reviving his memory successfully by feeding him rotis as he used to when they were children. The climax follows the typical action confrontation formula reminiscent of films in that era where there are big explosions & the heroes single handedly take on hoardes of goons. The movie ends with the children - hostages being saved, the family uniting & the treacherous mastermind (Ranjeet) being sent to jail.
Amitabh Bachchan was at his peak in this film. His comic timing was excellent and his acting flawless. He truly does carry this film entirely with his bravura performance & Amjad Khan was praised for his portrayal of a doting friend. The film is still appealing thirty odd years later, primarily due to Amitabh Bachchan and the late Amjad Khan. This movie also marks a breakthrough in the musical career of Rajesh Roshan.
This is the only movie where no song was allocated to female playback singer. Kishore Kumar sang for Amitabh Bachcan in four songs and Mohd Rafi sang for Amjad Khan.
Years later, Neetu Singh's husband Rishi Kapoor had acted in a film by the same name, Yaraana in 1995.
- Genre: Thriller
- Runtime: 138 Minutes
Yaarana is a 1981 Indian musical drama film directed by Rakesh Kumar and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan, Neetu Singh, Tanuja and Kader Khan. This was one of the films where Amjad Khan plays a positive role. Nearly all of his other films with Amitabh Bachchan have been where he plays a villain role. This movie became a above average hit at the box office. One of the plus points of the film was its music by Rajesh Roshan and lyrics by Anjaan. Three songs, "Chhookar Mere Mann Ko," "Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan," and "Saara Zamana Haseeno Ka Deewana" were superhits and are still well-liked. "Saara Zamana Haseeno Ka Deewana" is particularly noteworthy because of Amitabh Bachchan's dance with clothes fitted with electric bulbs which he himself operated from under his clothing maintaining synchronization while dancing.