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Darpan (1970)

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A Teacher from Siddharth College, Balraj Dutt (Sunil Dutt) from a well-known, wealthy, and reputed family falls in love with a former prostitute, Madhvi (Waheeda Rehman) and despite of ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Sunil Dutt ...
Balraj Dutt
Sonia Sahni ...
Rehman ...
Balraj's Elder Brother
Ramesh Deo ...
Sulochana Latkar ...
Mrs. Dutt
Achala Sachdev ...
Head of Nari Niketan
Lalita Pawar ...
Jagdeep ...
Shammi ...
Baby Guddi


A Teacher from Siddharth College, Balraj Dutt (Sunil Dutt) from a well-known, wealthy, and reputed family falls in love with a former prostitute, Madhvi (Waheeda Rehman) and despite of opposition from his family, marries her, complications arise. The elder brother (Rehman), now married, recognizes Madhvi, as he had spent romantic nights with her. Then arrives Vinod (Ramesh Deo), a family friend, from the United States of America, with full approval for the marriage until he actually meets and then he too recognizes Madhvi, as he had spent some romantic nights with her. How will Madhvi continue to live her married life with the mirror reflecting her past? Written by rAjOo (

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Waheeda Rehman Carries The Film
29 March 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'Darpan' tackles the taboo issue of how the Indian society (particularly the higher class) looks down upon prostitutes even long after they have left their professions. While there is some melodrama in the film, the issue still stands relevant for today's India. I think the director also introduces the suspense element quite cleverly. Once Balraj brings his new bride, Madhvi, home, we see the resentment of his family towards her. While we initially think that the reason of their hatred is due to her former profession, we also get the hint that there's a secret and there's a lot more than what we're lead to believe. At the same time, we see a former prostitute Bijli, living a happily married life with a Rickshaw driver. The contrast is very well demonstrated. However, the director could have focused a little less on this track. Sunil Dutt plays his part as naive but devoted husband very well. Waheeda Rehman carries the entire film. A difficult part to play but she demonstrates her understanding for the character. Rehman is alright. He has already played similar roles before. The songs are beautiful but a few could have been left out. Overall, in spite of its flaws, it's a good film that interestingly tackles relevant issues.

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