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Dharmatma (1975)

  • Release Date1975
  • GenreAction, Thriller
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time171 mins
  • Length4061.31 meters
  • Number of Reels19
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingA
  • Censor Certificate Number3250
  • Certificate Date30/04/1975
  • Shooting LocationAfghanistan, Filmlaya Studios, Rajkamal Kalamandir, Fillmistan Studios, Mohan Studios

Great men live and die by their ideals, their beliefs and their firm convictions, “Dharmatama” is a film dealing with such men. Their values of life are strong, their passion and hatred are equally strong.

“Dharmatma’s” story emerges from a strong conflict between father and son- a story which keeps the gigantic characters standing miles apart in their approach towards life. Father believes strongly that the end justifies the means. The son negates this dogma- He believes that the means are as important as the end. This basic conflict creates and unbridgeable gulf between the two and keeps the son apart from the father. It takes the son away to the rugged land of Afghanistan, to the picturesque valley of Bamiyan to the ink blue lakes of Bande-Amir. The landscape will keep you spell bound by its beauty and splendor. Here the story takes a most dramatic turn and leads you through an unforgettable saga of love where only the fittest could survive.

Dharmatma is not merely a film but an epic of life-where one event leads to another, where a man lays down his life for the sake of his ideals, a man who is an institution unto himself. The film with its technical and visual brilliance has a strong message to convey. A message to the youth of this nation, a message to the leaders of our nation, that patriotism is not a mere sentiment- It is an action of principles based on the strength of character beyond the narrow circle of self-interest. A powerful drama, with a moving narrative and memorable protrayals of the characters will take the audience to a new dimension perhaps never before witnessed on the indian screen.


(From the official press booklet)



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