Muqaddar Ka Sikandar

Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, India, 27 October 1978

Orphaned and abused at a very young age, a young boy struggles to make a living by slaving day and night, working in the house of a wealthy man named Ramnath (Shreeram Lagoo). Ramnath does not like him. It is later revealed that another orphan had taken advantage of his kindness in the past, hence his animosity. Ramnath's young daughter Kaamna, however, empathizes with the boy and they form a friendship. Eventually, he is adopted by a Muslim woman Fatima (Nirupa Roy) who also works for Ramnath and names him Sikandar. On the occasion of Kaamna's birthday, Sikandar who had promised to replace one of her dolls which he'd broken, steals an expensive doll from a shop to give as a gift. However, Ramnath refuses to let the boy attend the party, and when Sikandar breaks into Kaamna's room to deliver the doll he is caught and accused of trying to rob the house. He and his mother are banished from Ramnath's home. Shortly thereafter, Fatima dies, leaving young Sikandar with the responsibility of looking after her daughter, Mehroo.

As Sikandar is crying in the graveyard, a fakir, Darvesh Baba (Kader Khan) comes to him and asks him to embrace the woes of life and find happiness in sadness, for then he would become the conqueror of fate. A grown up Sikandar (Amitabh Bachchan) has amassed a fortune by turning in smuggled goods to the police and receiving the reward payouts. With all his wealth, he has managed to build an impressive house for himself along with setting up a profitable business.

  • Genre: Action
  • Runtime: 182 Minutes
  • Director: Prakash Mehra


Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (Hindi: मुकद्दर का सिकंदर, English: Conqueror of Destiny) is a 1978 Indian Hindi drama film. Produced and directed by Prakash Mehra, it stars Amitabh Bachchan in his fifth of nine films with Prakash Mehra to date. The films also stars Vinod Khanna, Raakhee, Rekha and Amjad Khan.

The film was the top grossing hit of 1978. The film was the third biggest hit of the decade after Sholay and Bobby. The film was such a huge hit, that people used to stand in queues, waiting endlessly, to buy the film's tickets. Sometimes the crowds slept in front of the cinema halls overnight in their wait for the tickets.

Although, it was nominated for several major Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, it failed to win in any category. It was remade into the Telugu film Prema Tarangalu (1980).