The iconic film starring Feroz Khan, Vinod Khanna and Zeenat Aman, completes 42 years since release
Last Updated: 01.14 PM, Jun 20, 2022
It's been 42 years since the cult film, Qurbani hit screens. The action thriller hit screens in 1980 and featured Feroz Khan, Vinod Khanna and Zeenat Aman in the lead. The film was helmed by Feroz Khan himself, and was said to be one of the most expensive films made at that time. Taking to his social media page, Feroz Khan's son Fardeen Khan said that his father had gambled his last shirt while making the cult film. He added that if the film had not worked, the family would have been on the streets. Fardeen wrote, "42 years since the release of #Qurbani. In FK’s own words, “Son, I had gambled my last shirt making this film. If it hadn’t worked we would’ve been on the street’s”. People 2day aren’t aware of what it took to make a film back then. Literally blood, sweat and tears (sic).” Abhishek Bachchan, replied to Fardeen's tweet by writing, “Pure passion and pure genius!!”
Qurbani was also a musical hit with the songs 'Aap Jaisa Koi' sung by the Pakistani popstar Nazia Hassan and produced by Biddu, and 'Laila O Laila' sung by Kanchan and Amit Kumar went on to become the iconic songs in the history of Hindi cinema. While Aap Jaisa Koi was composed by Biddu, the rest of the songs including Hum Tumhe Chahte Hain Aise, Kya Dekhte Ho and Qurbani Qurbani, were composed by Kalyanji-Anandji. Aap Jaisa Koi also ushered in the Disco revolution in the Hindi film industry. Zeenat Aman went on to become the syle icon of the '80s with the film while Vinod Khanna and Feroz Khan's acting won praise. The film also starred Amjad Khan, Amrish Puri, Shakti Kapoor and Aruna Irani.
Qurbani was said to be inspired by the Italian film The Master Touch (1972), directed by Michele Lupo and starred Kirk Douglas and Florinda Bolkan. Qurbani was later remade in Tamil as Viduthalai, which had Rajinikanth and Vishnuvardhan playing the leads. However, the film did only average business at the box office.