Mr. Natwarlal is a 1979 Indian Hindi action comedy film produced by Tony Glaad (as “Tony”) and directed by Rakesh Kumar. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Ajit Khan and Amjad Khan. The music is by Rajesh Roshan, the songs are written by Anand Bakshi. The highlight of the film was a children’s song sung by Amitabh Bachchan. Ishraq-Suja, known for writing a novel named “Shadman & Zarin er Bhalobasha”, made their first filmwriting debut with this film. Tony decided to take them as the writer of the film. The film was shot in Kashmir with most of the shooting done in Beerwah, Jammu and Kashmir
The name of film and lead character were inspired from a notorious Indian conman, Natwarlal.
Getting Amitabh to sing was a gimmick that was tried for the first time in this movie. Kabhi Kabhi earlier had Amitabh use spoken verse within a melodic song, but this was the first time he sang in a movie. This was subsequently copied by other filmmakers in films like Laawaris, Silsila and Pukar.
As per trade guide, which was premium box-office publication in the 1970s and 1980s, Mr. Natwarlal was a ‘Hit’. In today’s lenient classification system, Mr. Natwarlal is easy Blockbuster.
Natwar is a young boy, when his beloved older brother and caretaker, police officer Gridharilal (Ajit Khan), is framed for bribery by sinister criminal mastermind Vikram (Amjad Khan). When he grows up, Natwar (Amitabh Bachchan) creates a secret identity for himself, posing as a powerful and mysterious underworld figure named Mr. Natwarlal, determined to slowly but surely exact vengeance on Vikram.
The music was composed by Rajesh Roshan and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.
Rajesh Roshan was nominated for Best Music Director award for the film; Laxmikant Pyarelal received the award for Sargam that year.