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Mazdoor (1983)

  • GenreDrama, Romance
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time164 mins
  • Length4769.21 meters
  • Number of Reels18
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-070- MUM
  • Certificate Date06/10/1983

“Mazdoor” is the saga of a poor worker with a rich dream. The man is DAinnath, departmental foreman in Seth Hiralal’s Textile Mill. His dream is that if some day he could reach Seth Hiralal’s position his mazdoors will be treated as partners in the enterprise.


Unknown even to himself at the moment, he moves closer to the fulfillment of his dream when one day he resigns his job rather than tender an apology to the management for taking sides with fellow workers for a humanitarian cause.


At this stage it is Ashok who spurs Dinu Kaka to rise above adversity. He exhorts- now is the time to seek fulfillment of his dream. A small burnt down power-loom house was selling cheaply and if they can find money to buy it they could set themselves up in business for themselves.


And who is this Ashok- He is a parentless young man with talent and ambition whom Dinu Kaka had given shelter in his own house to gentle delight of Meena, his daughter and to the resentment of his son Ramesh who turns hostile to Ashok who proves to be helpful to Dinu Kaka in a thousand ways.


The burnt down power-loom house becomes the stepping stone which leads Dinu Kaka to the pinnacle of success. His dream is fulfilled. He is now himself a prosperous mill owner. And he has kept the promise he had made to himself to have his workers as his partners. It was therefore a tragic irony of fate that just when Dinu Kaka now Seth Dinanath had started walking, tall, Smita should enter the family-life to take ground away from under his feet.


And who is Smita? She is the only daughter of Mr. Batra-Dinanath’s benefactor and a rich industrialist. Smita had hoped to marry Ashok but he was destined to marry Dinanath’s daughter Meena. Smita could not take it lying  down. To take her revenge she got married to DInanath’s son Ramesh.


And then things started happening. Ashok found himself without a home and without a job. In this hour of need his wife also left him. Suddenly Dinanath also faced disaster; Saeth Hiralal moved in to oust Dinanath from his own mill. Ashok joined hands with Hiralal and an indefinite strike closed down Dinanath’s business.


Who succeeded in this business tangle? What happened to Dinanath’s family? Who got Ashok- Meena or Smita? For answers to all these questions see “MAZDOOR”.

(From the official press booklet)



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