That’s Ghulami (1985), with lots of shootouts and even cattle rustling, in the deserts of Rajasthan. Sometimes, it was a bit too much of a western for my tastes, but I also instantly took to the social theme. I’m discovering that one very common theme in Indian movies is the fight against the evil landlord and his henchmen. And the hero is the guy who teaches people to stand up against the evil landlord. I’ve seen this in several movies just in the past month, and it’s a theme that I’m particularly fond of myself.
This movie also has a strong focus on a more general rebellion against the caste system, and it’s got some historical basis, as I understand. The acting is quite nice, the desert scenes are beautiful, and the music is splendid (Laxmikant-Pyarelal again). Director J.P. Dutta, actors Dharmendra, Mithun Chakraborty, Naseeruddin Shah, Anita Raj, Reena Roy, Smita Patil, Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
P.S. I had to change this post a little because all the English-subtitled links to this movie were taken off YouTube just within the past few hours.