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Phagun (1973)

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Complete credited cast:
Gopal 'Gopu'
Shanta Bangan / Shamrao Dhamle
Santosh 'Toshi'
Vijay Arora ...
Dr. Suman
V. Gopal ...
Mental Hospital Inmate
Om Prakash ...
Dr. M.K. Effendi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raj Rani ...
Guest at Dhamle's party


Shanta Dhamle lives a wealthy lifestyle in Bombay along with her dad, Shamrao, and mom, Ansuya. She incurs their displeasure when she falls in love and gets married to a poor and overly sensitive writer, Gopal, who moves in with them, and continues to suffer verbal abuse at Shamrao's hands. On the occasion of Holi, while his book 'Agla Kadam' is being published and marketed, he puts some color on a pregnant Shanta's expensive Saree, which upsets her, she humiliates him, and he walks out. He starts writing under the pen name of Santosh, and when Shanta finds out, he changes his name to Vivek, and again to Chitrangh, and does not communicate with her. Four years later, a day before Holi, he has accumulated enough wealth, hundreds of expensive and colorful Sarees, a doll for his daughter, and is all set to return but his house and all the Sarees get burned down, devastated and shattered he leaves with one expensive Saree and the doll. Shanta brings up her daughter, Santosh, on her own ... Written by rAjOo (

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Sanhya jo aai, mann ud jaye
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music by Sachin Dev Burman
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A Very Watchable Film.
11 March 2009 | by (london, england) – See all my reviews

This film is a little off the main run of Hindi movies. The storyline is a bit different, yet will be instantly recognisable to millions of Indians living in joint families much influenced by their elders! And also about pride, and resentment and ultimately regret and forgiveness.

Music is good and well-integrated into the film; in fact a turning point of the plot is during one of the songs. Dialogue is characteristically Bedi, who spurned the more melodramatic tendencies of a lot of films and Phagun has characters talking in his direct and down-to-earth, realistic conversational style.

It is certainly good family entertainment and recommended to all who like our Hindi films to be a little less absurd. Director Rajinder Singh Bedi contributed to some quality writing in Indian cinema through films like Madhumati or Abhimaan. If you like this, also watch his other directorial venture, Dastak.

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