Bollywood Film “Trishul” (1978)
Trishul is a 1978 Indian Hindi-language masala film directed by Yash Chopra, written by Salim-Javed, and produced by Gulshan Rai. The movie features an ensemble cast that includes Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Hema Malini, Poonam Dhillon, and Sachin. The film’s plot revolves around the intertwined stories of three main characters: Raj Kumar Gupta (Sanjeev Kumar), who sacrifices his first love Shanti (Waheeda Rehman) to marry a wealthy heiress; Vijay Kumar (Amitabh Bachchan), the son of Shanti seeking revenge against Raj and his family; and Shekhar Kumar Gupta (Shashi Kapoor), Vijay’s half-sibling who gets caught in the crossfire of Vijay’s revenge.
Trishul was the second-top-grossing Indian film of 1978, with an estimated box office collection of ₹20.2 crore, and sold an estimated total of 72.7 million tickets worldwide. It was declared a “Super Hit” at the box office, becoming the second-top-grossing Indian film of 1978, below Muqaddar Ka Sikandar and above Don. The film’s soundtrack features music composed by Mohammed Zahur Khayyam and lyrics penned by Sahir Ludhianvi, with the iconic song “Mohabbat Bade Kaam Ki Cheez Hai” bringing together three legendary Indian film music singers Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, and K. J. Yesudas.
Trishul received nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Story at the 26th Filmfare Awards. The movie was referenced heavily in Anurag Kashyap’s 2012 crime film Gangs of Wasseypur. Trishul has been remade in Tamil as Mr. Bharath and in Telugu as Mr. Bharath.
The film’s cast features Shashi Kapoor as Shekhar Kumar Gupta, Sanjeev Kumar as Raj Kumar “R.K.” Gupta, Amitabh Bachchan as Vijay Kumar, Raakhee as Geeta, Hema Malini as Sheetal Verma, Poonam Dhillon as Kusum Gupta “Babli,” Sachin as Ravi, and Waheeda Rehman in a special appearance as Shanti. The film’s soundtrack comprises seven songs, all composed by Khayyam, including “Gapoochi Gapoochi Gam Gam,” “Ja Ri Behna Ja,” “Jo Ho Yaar Apna,” “Mohabbat Bade Kaam Ki Cheez Hai,” “Janeman Tum Kamal Karte Ho,” “Aap Ki Maheki Hui Zulf Ko,” and “Tu Mere Saath Rahega.”
In summary, Trishul is a classic Bollywood film that showcases the stellar performances of its cast, an engaging storyline, and a memorable soundtrack. The film’s success at the box office, numerous award nominations, and its cultural impact demonstrate its enduring popularity and status as a Bollywood classic.