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Dus Numbri (1976)

  • Release Date1976
  • GenreAction, Drama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time171 mins
  • Length4677.46 meters
  • Number of Reels17
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number81374
  • Certificate Date17/04/1976

He was the loving son of a noble and dutiful police officer whose loyalty was exemplary in the entire police department. Born to kind-hearted mother who was worshipped by one and all. He was so enterprising and talented even as a kid of eight years that he could have grown up to be a leader to serve his country.

But the crooked world mercilessly rendered him parentless, even before he could see through the eighth spring of his young life. The wily gold-diggers framed up a deadly plot against his father who was ultimately charged with red-handed fraud and murder, and was sentenced to rigorous jail-term for life.

Stunned by sudden collapse of family prestige and separation of her husband, his loving mother turned instantly mad. She forgot her own identity, even her own son. The asylum doctors too could not cure her until her husband came face to face duly acquitted.

Thus this crooked world turned an innocent young lad of eight years into a lone leaf lost in stormy struggle of existence. At his tender age he had to do all sorts of odd jobs, to wash and serve glasses at Pascal’s liquor joint, to do shoe-shining on roads and what not. But he learned the bitter lesson of life: “IF HE HAS TO SURVIVE IN THIS CROOKED WORLD-HE WOULD HAVE TO BECOME CROOKED-TEN TIMES DEADLIER.”

DUS NUMBRI-in whose domain even a fish couldn’t drink water of his pond without his permission. The very name of “DUS NUMBRI” hovered like a terror in all quarters. Be it vivacious Rosemary the card-sharpener or mysterious police constable Karansingh. They may be smuggle’ hirelings like Damodar and Veeru, or the professional killer Sankta. Even the multi-millionaire Seth Karam Chand and the charmer courtesan ‘Dilruba Dilli Wali’ were at their wits’ end, and one by one all succumbed to the dragnet of DUS NUMBRI the ultimate hero who never shunned the path of justice, but helped the poor, fought the evil, hoodwinked the law, and still emerged victorious by bringing his mother back to sanity and reuniting with his father honorably acquitted from the law.

This is the story of ‘Dus Numbri’-and such is his life.


(From the official press booklet)