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Amar Shakti (1978)

  • Release Date1978
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time133 min
  • Length3996.83 meters
  • Number of Reels16
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-89327-MUM
  • Certificate Date16/09/1978
  • Shooting LocationR K, Mehboob, Filmalaya, K Asif & Esel Studios

Shamsher Singh (Pradeep Kumar), the brutal general of Vijaynagar State, thunder through the night in the form of death and kills the Prince Regent, his princess wife and the two sons in an isolated hunting lodge in the jungle. His next victim the old king succumbs to a fatal dose of poison and the State falls in the merciless grip of Shamsher Singh and his brother Nahir (Jeevan) who becomes the Dewan.

But unknown to them, the two young princes, Amar and Shakti had escaped and survived to grow up in different places and environments. Shakti (Shatru), the eldest, through his bravery and super strength wins over the leadership of a gypsy tribe from Hameera (Ranjit) and revolts against Shamsher to seek vengeance. While Amar obvious of the past becomes the greatest swordsman in the State and without telling Leela (Indrani Mukherjee) who saved him at the cost of her own son, takes up service with the king to be near and around the beautiful princess Suneeta (Sulakshna).

At the King's orders, Amar leads an expedition against the renegade Shakti and after a fight brings him to the Darbar in captive chains. Amar is awarded while Shakti is sentenced to death. He escapes from the dungeons with the help of his pet, a Cheetah, and his gypsy sweetheart Chamki (Manjula).

Leela comes to the city and finding Amar serving the treacherous killer Shamsher, persuades him to give up the job, Amar's resignation makes Shamsher angry, and with his cruel arrogance he throws him into a tiger pit. Amar fights for his life and escapes to lie injured and bleeding at Suneeta's mercy. Her lover makes her flee with him from the fort as well from a forced marriage with the neighbourly prince Ranjit (Roopesh), the king's selection for her.

Nahir and Ranjit follow to bring back the runaways but Amar has already been caught by Shakti and is about to kill him. Leela comes running to save his life. Shakti recognizes her as their old maid and through her, it is disclosed that Shakti and Amar are brothers. They write to rise against the king and manage to gain popular support.

The king wishes Hameera to disclose the hiding place of the tribe. Hameera's treachery leads to the arrest of Suneeta and Leela and producing them as hostages Nahir Singh makes Amar surrender and leads him away in chains.

The king announces Suneeta's marriage with Ranjit and orders, Amar, to be shot.

Amar is lived up before a cannon in the fort arena, but before he can be executed, Shakti, in guise, enters with his tribe in form of dancers, dressing in a huge elephant with his rebel warriors. They corrupt at an appropriate time in a surprise attack and Shamsher and Nahir has to pay for their crimes and the state comes back to the rightful owners, Amar and Shakti.

[from the official press booklet]



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