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Aradhana (1969)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 27 September 1969 (India)
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Arun meets Vandana during a vacation and very soon they secretly get married.Arun is a air force pilot an dies in a crash leaving pregnant Vandana heartbroken.As her marriage was never ... See full summary »

Director:

Shakti Samanta

Writers:

Sachin Bhowmick (story & screenplay), Ramesh Pant (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rajesh Khanna ... Arun / Suraj Prasad Saxena
Sharmila Tagore ... Vandhana Tripathi
Sujit Kumar ... Madan Verma
Farida Jalal ... Renu
Anita Dutt Anita Dutt ... Mrs. Prasad Saxena (Woman in the silhouette)
Madan Puri ... Prison Warden
Ashok Kumar ... Air Commodore Ganguly
Abhi Bhattacharya ... Ram Prasad Saxena (Man in the silhouette)
Asit Kumar Sen ... Sitaram (as Asit Sen)
Manmohan Manmohan ... Shyam
Pahadi Sanyal Pahadi Sanyal ... Gopal Tripathi (as Pahari Sanyal)
Master Puran Master Puran
Master Shahid Master Shahid
Dulari ... Lady Doctor
Sadhana Patel Sadhana Patel
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Storyline

Arun meets Vandana during a vacation and very soon they secretly get married.Arun is a air force pilot an dies in a crash leaving pregnant Vandana heartbroken.As her marriage was never formalized she decides not to accept the kid her father to dies in between this.Vandana gives birth to her son who gets adopted by a childless couple and she decides to take care of him as her nanny.The child is name Suraj things are well until Shyam starts to eye her an done day while trying to molest her Suraj stabs him .But Vandana takes the blame on her spending rest of her life in jail.Years later she is to be freed from jail and the jailer takes her to his house to take care of her daughter Renu.Renu starts bonding well with Vandana and introduces her to her lover whose none other then Suraj.At the very firs moment Vandana realizes that he is her son whose exact replica of his father Arun.But decides no to break the truth as Suraj might be embarrassed. Written by alex.mjacko@gmail.com

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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

27 September 1969 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A Life of Devotion See more »

Filming Locations:

Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

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Color (Eastman Color)
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Trivia

Tom Alter had confessed in a interview that he took admission in Film and Television Institute of India after being impressed with Rajesh Khanna in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the opening song sequence , Sharmila Tagore is seen reading a book while seated in the train. The book's name is When Eight Bells toll, a thriller novel written by Alistair Maclean published in the year 1966. The film was released in 1969, so it is clear that the flashback was shown in a time which was actually a "flash-forward", which is impossible.She should have been shown reading The Heart of the Matter (1948), a novel by the English author Graham Greene. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Saphal Hogi Teri Aradhana, Kahe Ko Roye
(uncredited)
Sung by Sachin Dev Burman
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
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The self-sacrifice and the devotion of a mother for her child
12 August 2009 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

Aradhana is both an entertaining and touching film. It has romance, love, dedication, but most importantly it's about the sacrifice of a mother for her child. The film has been known as one of the greatest classics of mainstream Hindi cinema, and it's easy to see why. It had a beautiful Sharmila Tagore, it had Rajesh Khanna making his first steps towards stardom, it had some fantastic songs (well, how can one forget "Roop Tera Mastana" and "Mere Sapno Ki Rani"?), and above-all, a very memorable story that carried the whole concept of humanity and love. I think these are the aspects that made the film unforgettable, although I think it could have been left without some overly melodramatic sequences.

It's frankly puzzling to me that die-hard fans of Rajesh Khanna write very biased comments here about the film being a Rajesh Khanna film, about him stealing the show etc., when actually it's clear that the film belongs to Sharmila Tagore completely. She is a lovely actress - beautiful, dignified, and she was convincing as both the young lady and the old mother, though clearly it's not her best role. The entire cast makes great appearances, from Khanna to Farida Jalal. The moments towards the end when the truth is revealed were very emotional and moving. This may be the film's highlight, which made up for its flaws. This one is a memorable picture, a picture that I feel many would enjoy watching.


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