Gaman, India, 23 June 1978

In order to improve their lifestyle, village near Badaun, based Ghulam Hasan (Farooq Shaikh) decides to re-locate to Bombay, on the insistence of his close friend Lalulal Tiwari (Jalal Agha). He leaves behind his ailing mother and wife (Smita Patil). Lalulal helps him get a job cleaning taxis. Ghulam subsequently learns how to drive, and is hired to drive a taxi. In spite of his best efforts, he is unable to save enough money to visit Lucknow.

Lalulal has problems of his own, in spite of being settled in Bombay for several years. Having a sweetheart, Yashodra (Gita Siddharth), he is unable to even rent a decent apartment, and lives in a shanty tenement, which is slated to be demolished by the Bombay Municipal Corporation.

Ultimately, Lalulal and Yashodara are murdered by the latter's family, as the family wants Yashodara to support them instead of marrying Lalulal. Ghulam decides to return to Lucknow, but procrastination prevents him from doing so. Closing shots show him driving his taxi in the city of dreams.

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime: 135 Minutes
  • Director: Muzaffar Ali
  • Awards: 1979 - Chhaya Ganguly (for Aap ki Yaad Aati Rahi) National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer


Gaman (Hindi: गमन, English:Departure) is a Bollywood film released in 1978. It is the directorial debut of Muzaffar Ali, who went on to make the successful film Umrao Jaan (1981). The film deals with the issue of futility of urban migration, using the story of migrant from Uttar Pradesh to Mumbai, tries to find with foothold in his new life as a taxi driver.

Film's music was by Jaidev, who won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1979 for his work and for the Song "Aap ki Yaad Aati Rahi" Chhaya Ganguly won an National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer. Shahryar wrote songs for the film, most notably " Seene Mein Jalan, Aankhon Mein Toofaan", sung by Suresh Wadkar, which highlighted the alienation and busted dreams of migrant community. Ghazal-singer singer Hariharan made his playback singing debut with the film.