Dastak -1970

Dastak, India, 31 December 1970

Dastak presents an expanded version of Rajinder Singh Bedi's radio play, Naql-e-Makaani (Moving to a New House), first performed on All India Radio, Lahore in 1944.

Upon release, the film established Rajinder Singh Bedi as an important force in Indian Parallel Cinema, as Dastak is considered an important film of the decade. In 1972 the director was awarded the Padma Shri.

Noted director, Hrishikesh Mukjherjee once said, "Rajinder Singh Bedi was an extraordinarily gifted writer. Indeed, I feel privileged that I could edit his maiden venture as writer-director 'Dastak' in stark B&W starring Sanjeev Kumar and Rehana Sultan. Rehana won the 'Urvashi' award then the term for the National Award for Best Actress and I won the coveted Filmfare award for my first love - editing!"

Dastak was featured in Avijit Ghosh's book, 40 Retakes: Bollywood Classics You May Have Missed.

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime: 164 Minutes
  • Director: Rajinder Singh Bedi
  • Awards: 1971 National Film Award for Best Actor - Sanjeev Kumar, 1971 National Film Award for Best Actress - Rehana Sultan, 1971 National Film Award for Best Music Direction - Madan Mohan, 1972 Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award - (B&W) - Kamal Bose


Dastak (The Knock) is a classic Hindi film made in 1970. It was written and directed by Rajinder Singh Bedi and was his directorial debut.

The film is known for its award-winning performances by its leading cast, Sanjeev Kumar, and the newcomer, Rehana Sultan, and for its memorable songs by Madan Mohan. He won his first National Film Award for it and the lyrics of Majrooh Sultanpuri. Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the famous film director-turned-editor of this black-and-white film and won a Filmfare Award, his second after Madhumati in 1958.