When it is a Hrishikesh Mukherjee movie, nothing could be expected to go wrong. From the casting, to the screenplay to the music, all are perfectly placed in all his movies and Namak Haraam is no exception.
Like all Hrishikesh Mukherjee movies which are inspired by human emotions, Namak Haraam also takes us deep into the friendship of two male protagonists belonging to two different class of the society.
The movie tells the story of Vikram (Amitabh Bachchan) and Chander (Rajesh Khanna). Vikram belongs to the elite class of the society whose father owns a factory and Chander belongs to the the middle class family who leads a humble life. Their friendship goes back to their child and they consider each other as brothers.
But hell breakes in their relation when Vikram's father falls ill and he takes the responsibility of the factory as the Manager. To help Vikram, Chander is appointted as the Union leader of the factory. But their life takes up a turn when Chander starts thinking from a the side of a working man.
Namak Haram is just another great work from Hrishikesh Mukherjee that throws light into various relations like friendship, love and egotism.
Amitabh Bachchan, as the rich but humble friend in the beginning and as the rich arrogant and proud boss later, has portrayed brilliantly. His angry young man stature impeccably suits the role and he convincingly plays his part. Rajesh Khanna as the middle class humble friend delivered a flawless performance. Their bond of friendship that turns into a vengeful enmity heart breaking.
Rekha and Simi Garewal portrayed their respective roles convincingly.
Though the music of the movie did not get much of a recognition, the R D Burman touch has made the music melodious and soothing.
Namak Haram also throws a light into the social issue of the class system and exploitation of the poor by the elite.
All in all the movie stands out as one of the best of 70's and is an evergreen classic.