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Dhanwan (1981)

  • Release Date1981
  • GenreCrime
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time152 mins
  • Length4508.42 meters
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-97094-MUM
  • Certificate Date01/07/1981
  • Shooting LocationFilmistan, Film City, R K Studios

DHANWAN is the story of Vijay, an industrial tycoon, who thinks that money is everything and can buy everything-may it be a factory, a woman or even God. But in Asha (Reena Roy) he faces defeat for the first time in his life-she rebukes him and instead gets married to a simple Anil (Raakesh Roshan) who is an ordinary accounts clerk in her own factory.

Vijay buys Asha's father-he also tries the same trick with Anil by offering him lakhs of rupees-but Anil prefers love and finally refuses. Vijay vows to destroy Anil and Asha who eventually have to flee the city to seek a peaceful life elsewhere.

Vijay does not know their whereabouts. The fire of revenge still burns in his heart. He searches for them but in vain. Five long years pass and then one faithful day, Vijay in a car accident loses his eyesight. The doctors inform him that if a new pair of eyes are not transplanted in him within six days, his nerves will go dry and then he will never be able to see again. Vijay in arrogance orders his doctors to buy a pair of eyes for him but of no avail. The search for eyes proves fruitless. On the sixth day Vijay breaks down and realises the futility of money. He begs go God that if he can see again he will turn a new leaf.

God grants his prayer-his eyes are transplanted. Vijay who is now a changed man wants to know to whom the eyes belong. To his surprise and shock he comes to know that these very eyes belong to Anil, Asha's husband, who was hanged on a charge of murder which he had committed for a mere sum of Rs. 10,000/-. Vijay recollects how Anil had refused lakhs of rupees which Vijay had offered to him to leave Asha. Vijay is convinced of Anil's innocence and vows to prove him innocent. Does Vijay succeed in his noble mission?

What happens when Asha comes to know that her husband's eyes have been donated to Vijay the man who was responsible for removing them out of town after her marriage to Anil. Does she hate him? Does she love him for the eyes? Does she forgive him for all the miseries he has caused to them?

To find the answer See Filmnagar's 'Dhanwan'.

(From the official press booklet)



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