Nauker, India, 07 December 1979

Amar, portrayed by Sanjeev Kumar, is a wealthy widower who shares his house with his daughter and a servant Dayal (played by Mehmood) in the city of Bhopal. He is constantly bothered by his sister and brother-in-law (Anwar Hussain) who want him to remarry – if not for his sake, the for the sake of his young daughter who needs the love of a mother. Amar having had enough reluctantly agrees to marry. They scout for potential wives, and decide to choose between two sisters—Shobha (Madhu Malini), and Sheela (Meena T.) who reside in Bombay. Since, Amar has never met either of them, he is not sure if they will be the appropriate choice. In order to test them when he visits them in Bombay – he decides to swap places with his servant Dayal. The party (Amar and family) arrive at the prospective-in-laws house, which features Durga (Lalita Pawar), as the arrogant and abusive prospective mother-in-law and her weak and helpless husband and father of the two daughters. Dayal (as Amar) is given a spacious room, and Amar (as Dayal) is settled into the servant's quarters, which consists of an untidy room with no electricity. Soon, Amar (the real one) realizes that he is in fact attracted to Geeta, played by Jaya Bhaduri, (the household servant) but he cannot reveal himself and openly propose marriage to her, since him being a servant is actually a farce. Meanwhile, Durga starts getting suspicious about Amar (as Dayal), and starts wondering if Amar is actually a servant or a crook to great comic effect. A side story features Dayal's younger brother Vijay who is studying in Bombay and is supported by Dayal. It turns out in a fateful co-incidence, unbeknownst to her parents and to Dayal, Vijay is Sheela's secret college boyfriend. Dayal (as Amar) discovers this by accident when on a date with Shobha, the two couples accidentally bump into each other in a club.

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime: 129 Minutes
  • Director: Ismail Memon


Nauker (Hindi: नौकर, Urdu: نوکر), released in 1979, was directed by Ismail Memon. The movie is perhaps best remembered for Jaya Bhaduri's performance as the servant Geeta. This role earned her third Filmfare Best Actress Award.