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Aradhana (1969)

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Dashing pilot Arun romances Vandana Tripathi, and both in love with each other, become very intimate, and as a result Vandana gets pregnant. Arun and Vandana have a quiet temple wedding ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Arun / Suraj Prasad Saxena
Sharmila Tagore ...
Vandhana Tripathi
Sujit Kumar ...
Madan Verma
Farida Jalal ...
Renu
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 Sen ...
Sitaram
Manmohan ...
Shyam
Pahadi Sanyal ...
Gopal Tripathi (as Pahari Sanyal)
Master Puran
Master Shahid
Dulari ...
Lady Doctor
Sadhana Patel
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Dashing pilot Arun romances Vandana Tripathi, and both in love with each other, become very intimate, and as a result Vandana gets pregnant. Arun and Vandana have a quiet temple wedding ceremony, and Arun leaves to re-join his duties. Unfortunately, Arun is killed, and Vandana is unable to convince anyone of her marriage with him, and as such must re-locate to hide her shame. She gives birth to a baby boy, who she must place in an orphanage, and then adopt. Unfortunately for her, the boy, Suraj, is adopted by someone else. She manages to find out their whereabouts, and gets a job as a servant. When she is about to be molested by Shyam, a relative, Suraj witnesses this, and kills him. Vandana takes the blame for this killing and is sentenced to imprisonment, leaving her son and her life behind, for a crime she did not commit. When she returns everything has changed, and she is unable to locate the family where her son was. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A Life of Devotion  »

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Aradhana is first Hindi Film to run successfully more than 100 days , with four shows a day, in non-Hindi speaking areas of northeastern states of India and 4 southern Indian states.Aradhana ran for 3 years in theaters across southern India as well and was a platinum jubilee hit across India. 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 »

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Referenced in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) See more »

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Mere Sapnon Ki Rani Kab Aayegi Tu
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Sung by Kishore Kumar
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
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I now understand why this movie is a classic
9 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fantastic music and a dashing leading man aside, the main reason why Aradhana works is perhaps because of the wonderful story line and direction. Though this movie is more often remembered for shooting Rajesh Khanna into the big league, its Sharmila Tagore's subdued portrayal of Vandana Tripathi that stays with you. She richly deserved her Filmfare award for Best actress for this role. Farida Jalal and Madan Puri too chip in with good supporting performances. But of course the real winner here is the music, chart busters all of them. Must watch to know what Bollywood was once capable of yielding before inanities set in.


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