Namak Haraam

Namak Haraam, India, 19 November 1973

The film focused on two friends (Somu and Vicky) and how Somu Rajesh Khanna tries to infiltrate the trade union of his friends. Amitabh Bachchan plays a rich man's son, Vicky, who has a fight with a union leader and later sends his best friend Somu to grow bigger than the previous union leader. Somu starts getting influenced by the ideals of workers which leads to the confrontation between two friends. This story concentrates on the rise of unions with the backdrop of Mumbai's textile mills and inflation in the early '70s.

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime: 147 Minutes
  • Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
  • Awards: 1974 - Amitabh Bachan Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, 1974 - Rajesh Khanna BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi)


Namak Haraam (Hindi: नमक हराम, Nastaliq: نمک ہرام, English: Traitor) is a 1973 Indian Hindi drama film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The music is by R.D. Burman, the screenplay by Gulzar, and lyrics by Anand Bakshi. The film stars Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. It also stars Rekha, Asrani, Raza Murad, A.K. Hangal, Simi Garewal and Om Shivpuri. Rajesh Khanna received his third BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) in 1974 for this film.

This was the second Hrishikesh film with Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh after Anand. "Diye Jalte Hai, Phool Khilte Hai", "Nadiya se dariya, Dariye se sagar" and "Main Shayar Badnaam" are the most memorable melodies, all rendered powerfully by Kishore Kumar and picturised on Rajesh Khanna. The film was a hit at the box office. The film was remade in Tamil as Unakkaga Naan with Sivaji Ganesan.