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Prem Patra (1962)

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While studying in medical college Arun Kumar Mathur (Shashi Kapoor) has a misunderstanding over a love letter with Kavita Kapoor (Sadhana), and must leave the college, much to his dismay. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sadhana ...
Kavita Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor ...
Arun Kumar Mathur
Seema Deo ...
Tara (as Seema)
Rajendra Nath ...
Sudhir ...
Chand Usmani ...
Parveen Choudhary ...
Ratna (as Parveen Chowdhury)
Padmadevi ...
(as Padma Devi)
Bela Bose
Laxmi ...
(as Lakshmi)
Bina Chowdhury
Bilquis ...
(as Bilqis)
Sadhana Khote ...
(as Sadhna Khote)
Sarita Devi


While studying in medical college Arun Kumar Mathur (Shashi Kapoor) has a misunderstanding over a love letter with Kavita Kapoor (Sadhana), and must leave the college, much to his dismay. Kavita later finds out that it was not Arun's fault, but Arun has already left town. Arun's marriage is arranged with Saroj Chowdhary (Seema Deo), who also happens to be a distant relative of Kavita. When Arun loses his vision in an accident, Saroj is unable to go to take care of him, and Kavita takes her place. Unwilling to reveal her identity, Kavita let's him think it is Saroj, not her. She learns that he still hates and despises her. Soon it will be time to take bandages off his eyes, and he will be able to see again, much to the dread of Kavita. Written by rAjOo (

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Khush Ho Rahe The Pehle Thuraakhe
Music by Salil Choudhury
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
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15 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of Bimal Roy's underrated works, Prem Patra is a soft love story against the back drop of the medical profession. Kavita Kapoor (a luminous Sadhana) and Arun Kumar (a very charming Shashi Kapoor) develop a liking for each other while finishing up their medical studies. A misunderstanding related to anonymous letters to Kavita causes Arun to be falsely accused and suspended from the college. A severely disillusioned Arun agrees to marry the illiterate daughter Tara (Seema Deo) of his landlord in lieu of a loan to finish his studies abroad.

Arun, wanting to know his fiancée better, starts corresponding with her through letters. These are answered by Kavita, who happens to be Tara's cousin. Getting to know each other better through those letters, Kavita and Arun fall in love again. Tara, meanwhile starts liking Sudhir, one of Kavita's potential suitors. A mishap and some medical miracles later, everyone gets a happily ever after.

The movie has a lot of filler scenes, particularly some featuring Rajendranath enacting the buffoon. Some things are conveniently coincidental, like Tara and Kavita's relationship. Still the movie is a great watch for some very strong supporting performances by Chand Usmani and for the ethereally beautiful Sadhana who is lovely as the slightly aloof, slightly heartbroken and infinitely vulnerable Kavita.

The music, though not on par with the earlier Bimal Da chart busters has gems like "Do Aankhiyan Jhuki Jhuki si" , "Yeh Mere andhere ujale na hote" and the lyrical "Sawan ki raaton mein".

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