K. K. Shukla, writer/scenario-creator of Mard, Suhaag, Amar Akbar Anthony, and Parvarish
Kader Khan, dialogues of Parvarish, Dharam Veer, Muqaddar ka Sikandar, and zillions of others
Prakash Mehra, director or producer of things like Zanjeer and Namak Halaal
Amitabh as avenger and deadpan comic
Vinod in a leather suit with leopard-fur collar and cuffs
Nirupa Roy as Maa
Rekha in full-on feistiness
Aruna Irani and Asrani in serious roles
Kader Khan as the supreme bad guy
Ranjeet refusing to button his shirt
+ Moti the wonder horse
a whole lotta nothin'
How all these wonderful ingredients turned into such a lackluster film, I do not know. This was even more disappointing than Ram Balram; while the latter is decidedly a worse film, Khoon Pasina had many more fine ingredients, and thus the letdown was greater and more tragicaly wasteful. Look what it had going for it!
Childhood friends of different faiths
This is just the first of many, many bad wigs in this film. Please also note the jaunty fringed sleeves.
After Zaalim's first attempt at bullying is defeated when villagers stop being bystanders and come to the aid of the victims, he flat-out says he's going to destroy them and their civilized unity and tolerance. Look out, o nation of India!
Oh how I love drawings and animations in title sequences. Hand-drawn communal awesomeness! In the colors of the flag!
One of the little friends grows up to be Shera, a lone, feared avenger (Vinod in a strange wig).
Here looking a bit like Brando and later on like Amjad Khan.
Why Vinod seems to have aged far faster than Amitabh is not really explained, though perhaps separation from Maa is implied to have a graying effect?
The other one, Shiva/a.k.a. "Tiger," has also grown up to be a righter of wrongs (Amitabh), but he's got Maa
and a deliciously sassy, brave, and assertive girlfriend, Chanda (Rekha, in what is my new favorite performance of hers).
Zaalim Singh has risen to be Thakur, and he and his offspring harass the locals and exploit the workers. That is, he's a force of greed and anti-community. In a genuinely interesting side plot, his daughter Shanti (Aruna Irani) has tried to move past her family's legacy of evil by marrying good guy Mohan (Asrani).
These two just can't catch a break, and there is sad tension between them as she wishes her upstanding husband could be as effective against thugs as her lawless brothers and father.
I forget exactly how Ranjeet fits into all of this, but he's around and he's murderously baaaaad in a variety of ways. Here's something for the three members of the Ranjeet International Fan Club.
Somebody on the wardrobe team really likes fur accents and leather. I'm torn between the pastel brocade vest (worn while doing henchman-y things, of course) and Vinod's leather suit with leopard trim.
They also gave Aruna a unibrow for no explained reason.
Maybe for women, tragedy makes your hair grow instead of turn white?
Good Kalyanji-Anandji songs! "Khoon Pasine Ki Jo Milegi To Khayenge" has a wonderful boogie through sacks of grain (at 2:53 in the link),
and "Bani Rahe Jodi" is hilariously silly along the lines of "Khaike Paan Banaraswala." In it, Tiger has just dishoomed some bad guys before a wedding and demands that they clean up, get the food ready, and provide musical entertainment. Dekho!
Amitabh is so funny in this movie. If the rest of it were better, I'd recommend it just for his comedy sequences. He even gets a little bit o' romance too, stealing Shashi's Sharmeelee/Kabhi Kabhie wedding night moves.
Maybe the problems with this film started when the filmmakers tried to make Vinod look blond/gray and refused him any songs or a love interest!
This is also a good subtitle, is it not?
The reunion of the two friends is very late in the film, so Vinitabh time is brief and used up entirely on dishooming
Maybe Shera prefers to film the fight rather than participate in it.
- that is, no humor, no buddy song. Boooo! Vinod's screen time overall is scarce, though he does flail around in quicksand with a scary snake
You will never guess whose prayers save him from this!
and demonstrate his boxing skills shirtless.
Khoon Pasina almost feels as though a novice tried to make this movie following a textbook on how to construct a masala script.
It has long-lost family members, outrageous wigs (though not actual disguises), solid comedy, a helpful ani-pal, lots of vengeance, ironic punishment, and individuals posing dangerous threats to community. Sadly, somebody skipped the internship that supplies the hands-on, hearts-on experience needed to truly understand masala.* That doesn't seem possible, given who was involved, but the film just does not come together. Khoon Pasina's over-reliance on "it's in the script" shortchanges real emotion and connection. If you're really desperate for masala ingredients - and it's a yummy-sounding recipe, isn't it? - you could probably try to look past the movie's utter lack of overall effect and just revel in the great components because you know how everything is supposed to work and can mentally fill in the momentum and motivation that the writers didn't bother to provide. Though with a very abrupt and unsatisfying ending and, worse, no real emotional draw into the story, you won't get much for your efforts.
* If they had attended that internship, they would have known better than to give Helen only a fourth of a song!