Adalat, India, 21 May 1976

Dharam Chand (Amitabh Bachchan), an ameniable village farmer is thrilled when his wife, Radha (Waheeda Rehman) gives birth to a baby boy, whom they decide to name Raju. Dharma heroically saves the lives of Ajit (Anwar Hussain), and Sujit (Sujit Kumar) and Suresh when they are being attacked by a tiger and they graciously offer him a job in Bombay (now Mumbai) whenever he decides to visit. When the village experiences economic crisis and drought, the family migrate to Bombay, where Ajit makes Dharma the manager of his warehouse in the city. Dharma succeeds in the job until he is arrested by the police. His cries of innocence are ignored by the authorities and he is sentenced to 18 months in jail plus an additional six months for contempt of court. When he eventually returns home, everything has changed. His wife and Raju are near destitution. Laxmi (Heena Kausar) has been raped by Sujit and has killed herself. Dharma decides to avenge her death and kills all the three of them. He then joins forces with another gang where he is rewarded for his loyalty and soon makes his way to the very top. He sends Raju for further education to Britain and moves into a palatial home. Years later, Raju (also Amitabh Bachchan) returns home and would like to marry Geeta Verma (Neetu Singh) whom he met in Britain but is unable to meet his father's approval and comes into conflict. Unknown to Dharma, Ajit is still alive and has returned and it is time to avenge the past by trying to murder Dharma at any price.

  • Genre: Action
  • Runtime: 116 Minutes
  • Director: Narendra Nath


Adalat is a 1976 Bollywood action drama film directed by Narendra Bedi. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan in a double role, and he received a Filmfare nomination as Best Actor, the only one for the film. Waheeda Rehman and Neetu Singh play his love interests. Pinchoo Kapoor, Sujit Kumar and Kader Khan are part of the supporting cast. The music is by Kalyanji Anandji. The film was huge hit at the box office.

Film was later remade into the Telugu film Sivamettina Satyam(1980) and in Tamil as Vishwaroopam.