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Namak Halaal (1982)

  • Release Date30/04/1982
  • GenreAction,Comedy, Drama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time171 mins
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-100521-MUM
  • Certificate Date15/04/1982
  • Shooting LocationSeth Studio, Natraj Film City

Tearfully Arjun departs from his grandpa Dasrath Singh to go to the city as the grandpa insists that he should depart in order to learn to stand on his own feet.

With the help of his village mate Bhairon Prasad (a society photographer), he lands with a job as a waiter of a five star Hotel. And as the good luck would have it for the apprenticeship, he gets the guidance from Miss Poonam, a receptionist whom he liked at first sight. In fact it is the case of love at first sight.

Arjun is a simple village youngman but he has a philosophy to live for....... Some principles to lead him to..... He has humanity within him, without which one is nothing but a machine. The human principles form the character; and without character one would be a devil. In the city Arjun is confronted with such characterless devils that for money they would do anything and everything.

Raja Babu, the master of the Hotel in which Arjun is employed happens to be the owner of a fortune. And his enemies - a step uncle and his son are bent upon taking his life so that the entire wealth is automatically inherited by them. It is but for Arjun that they could not succeed in their evil designs.

Arjun's Grandpa also comes to the city to find out if Arjun has come to stand on his own feet. And finding him involved in serious danger implores him to come back to the village; but Arjun refuses to go back as long as Raja Babu's life is in danger because after all he has tasted his salt and must stand by him in the time of danger. It is one of his principles to repay the tasting of somebody's salt - the cheapest commodity warranting highest sacrifice according to the Indian Values of life.

Times have changed and values of life is also changing. How can one  remain a Namak Halaal to repay the tasting of somebody's salt in the changed moral values of Present day life can be decided by a "Namak Halaal" only....

(From the official press booklet)