Director: Yash Chopra
Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh
Plot: The movie tells the story of two brothers, Vijay and Ravi Verma, who follow different career paths. Vijay struggles as a dockworker. Eventually, he becomes a leading figure of the underworld, while his younger brother, Ravi, is an educated, upright policeman. This divide causes problems in their relationship.
There were no dialogues written for Amitabh Bachchan's death scene. Yash Chopra allowed him to ad lib the entire scene.
Amitabh Bachchan's role was loosely based on famous Bombay smuggler Haji Mastan. Similar to Vijay, Haji Mastan started as a dockworker before moving to smuggling and eventually became one among the three gangsters - Karim Lala and Varadarajan Mudaliar who controlled Mumbai's underworld in the 60's and 70's
Amitabh Bachchan shot Sholay (1975) and 'Deewaar' simultaneously. Since most of his scenes feature him indoors or during the dark, he used to shoot 'Sholay' in the morning and 'Deewaar' during the night. Both Yash Chopra and Ramesh Sippy have credited him with never being late for either shoot.
After the success of this film, the writers Salim-Javed demanded 8 lakh rupees from producers who wanted to hire them. This sum was unusually large for script writers at that time and producers thought they were joking when they heard their fees.
Amitabh has said that due to a mistake by the costume department, the coolie shirt he wore was too long and flapped around his knees, hence he knotted it at his waist. However after this movie it became a very popular style statement.
The Mother's role was almost offered to Waheeda Rehman, but Yash Chopra had already cast her in Kabhie Kabhie (1976) as Amitabh Bachchan's wife. He was worried that if Kabhie Kabhie (1976) released first, the public may not accept her as Amitabh Bachchan's mother. Then Vyjayanthimala was approached, but she turned it down. Finally it was offered to Nirupa Roy.
Shashi Kapoor, who plays Amitabh Bachchan's younger brother in this movie is actually four years older than him.
For the role of Vijay Verma , Yash Chopra wanted Rajesh Khanna, but Salim Javed insisted that the role be given to Amitabh.
Neetu Singh plays Shashi Kapoor's love interest however in real life she is the wife of his nephew Rishi Kapoor.
Navin Nischol was the first choice for the role of Ravi Verma and Vyjanthimala was to play the mother's role. Both declined this film's offer when they learnt Rajesh Khanna was not doing Vijay Verma's role.
Yash Chopra was directing a film titled "Gardish" with Amitabh Bachchan and Praveen Babi. When he heard the script of Deewar from Salim Javed, he was afraid some one else was going to make it. So he scrapped Gardish (which was already being shot) and started Deewar.
Salim-Javed and Yash Chopra planned to make Deewar without any songs. But the producer Gulshan Rai insisted that without songs the movie was not commercially viable.
Parveen Babi can be seen smoking and drinking in the film which was unusual for a Bollywood heroine at that time.
The tile Deewaar means "The Wall". It refers to the wall that has sprung up between the two brothers, drawn apart by fate and circumstance in a time of socio-political turmoil.
Amitabh Bachchan considers this to be his best film.
British director Danny Boyle cited the film as an influence on his Academy Award winning Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Actor Anil Kapoor who starred in Slumdog Millionaire noted that some scenes of the film are like Deewaar, the story of two brothers of whom one is completely after money while the younger one is honest and not interested in money.
Salim-Javed had initially written the script with Shatrughan Sinha in mind
When the scene in which Vijay speaks to an idol of Shiva in a temple was shot, Amitabh Bachchan insisted that nobody but director Yash Chopra be present. It was shot at night and took him 15 takes to get right, because he was so intimidated by the thought of having to challenge God.
After Sholay wrapped, Yash Chopra shot Deewar and Kabhi Kabhie simultaneously and he would often worry that Amitabh Bachchan, who was starring in both films, would get confused between Kabhi Kabhie's dreamy poet Amit and Deewar's man at odds with society Vijay.
On most nights, the cast and crew would feast on street food after pack up, often paid for by Amitabh Bachchan. On the night the climax was being shot at Mumbai's Ballard Pier, they had to stop because it started raining. So they drove to Bhendi Bazaar and Amitabh treated everyone to junk food.