Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989)


Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989)

Salim has been born lame, and lives with his mom, dad, and a sister who is old enough to be married. He and his dad search around for a suitable groom for her, and he meets Aslam. Salim rejects Aslam, as Aslam is not making enough wages that are commensuerate with his qualifications. Salim meets with some gangsters, who promise him that they will make him rich soon, and all he has to do is incite religious riots, pitting Hindus against the Muslims, and he will be well rewarded. Salim has always wanted to be rich, but will he take this opportunity to be wealthy?
IMDb   7.7 /10
TheMovieDb    6.5 /10
Director Saeed Akhtar Mirza
Writer Manoj Lalwani
Writer Hriday Lani
Writer Saeed Akhtar Mirza
Writer Ravi Ojha
Writer Kamal Swaroop
Release Date1989-05-29
Runtime1h 51mins
GenreCrime, Drama
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards1 win & 1 nomination.
CompanyNational Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC)
Salim, the Lame (Langda)
Salim's father
Achchhe Miyan Paanwala
Haidar Ali
Haidar Ali
Johan / John
Gulshan Arora
Gulshan Arora
Vilas Naqqashe
Severage Worker
Shakeel Khan
Shakeel Khan

Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro

Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (transl. Don't Cry for Salim, the Lame) is a 1989 Indian film directed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza, with Pavan Malhotra as lead. The film won the 37th National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi in 1989 and 1990 National Film Award for Best Cinematography.


The film is set in the period of the 1980s. The story revolves around Salim Pasha, a man with a physical disability. He is involved in crimes like extortion and robbery with two of his friends Peera and Abdul. Salim is a carefree man. He lives with his parents and his younger sister. Salim's younger brother Javed Pasha (who has been a hard-working student all his life) dies because of an electric shock. His parents are keen to get his younger sister married to a proofreader of a Urdu newspaper named Aslam.

After watching a documentary film made on the communal riots of Bhiwandi, Salim is shaken from within. He wants to give up everything he does and start life afresh. Salim tries to look for a job and ends up with a job at a garage with the help of a restaurant owner. Salim happily goes to Aslam to tell about the way he would start up his new life. Salim is asked to stir up a riot for a huge sum of money. He refuses to do so and tells them how he is devastated since he has seen the outcome of Bhiwandi communal riots. On the day of his younger sister's engagement with Aslam, Salim is seen happily dancing with his friends. During the celebrations of his sister's engagement ceremony, he is killed by one of his rivals.


  • Pavan Malhotra as Salim, the Lame (Langda)
  • Makrand Deshpande as Peera
  • Ashutosh Gowariker as Abdul
  • Rajendra Gupta as Aslam
  • Neelima Azeem as Mumtaz
  • Vikram Gokhale as Salim's father
  • Surekha Sikri as Amina, Salim's mother
  • Nishigandha Wad as Anees, Salim's Sister
  • Haidar Ali as Nathu Seth
  • Shakti Singh as Rajan
  • Tom Alter as Johan
  • Ajit Vachani as Rafiq bhai
  • Neeraj Vora as Churan miya
  • Naresh Suri as police inspector
  • Achyut Potdar as Lala
  • Ashok Banthia as Vilas Nakkashe


  • 1989:National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
  • 1990:National Film Award for Best Cinematography: Virendra Saini
  • 1989:Tokyo international film