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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shashi Kapoor ...
Ranjeev
Zeenat Aman ...
Rupa
Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi ...
Pandit Shyam Sunder (as Kanhaiyalal)
A.K. Hangal ...
Bansi (Rupa's uncle)
David Abraham ...
Bade Babu (as David)
Hari Shivdasani ...
Chief Engineer
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Bade Babu's Wife
Sheetal ...
Champa
Padmini Kolhapure ...
Young Rupa (as Baby Padmini)
Baby Komal
Tun Tun ...
Fat Lady
Vishwa Mehra ...
Jai Singh
Mansaram
H.L. Pardesi ...
(as Pardesi)
Ram Shastri ...
(as Shriram Shastry)
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Rupa (Zeenat Aman) grew up being cursed as "unlucky" in the village she was born in. Her mother died during childbirth. Then a kitchen accident leaves half her face disfigured. This is an artistic exploration of beauty and disfigurement, society's values and more importantly how a girl, teenager and a bride was treated during the times. Rajeev (Shashi Kapoor) the stereotype male engineer falls in love with the Rupa who has a divine singing voice, and the unscarred left cheek. When he sees the scarred cheek, after marriage, he heads off into a tizzy and continues nightly dalliance with his mistress - the beautiful cheek. Little does he realize that his wife and mistress are two faces of the same person. Written by MG Gopalan

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Lata Mangeshkar was the first choice of Raj Kapoor to play the lead role. See more »

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Strange but beautiful
2 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Truth, godliness and beauty. An unconventional Hindi film about inner beauty. Zeenat Aman's character Rupa is a village outcast having burnt one side of her face leaving her disfigured. She lives life in the shadows of others hiding her scars by veiling one side of her face. Enter the vain Shashi Kapoor as Ranjeev who falls madly in love with Rupa after hearing her angelic singing at the temple but remains unaware of her disfigurement. Rupa then literally leads two lives in order to maintain his love.

When released in India it caused much controversy over the mix of religion, the semi-clad Zeenat Aman and erotic symbolism in some sequences. True, no chance is wasted in showing as much of Zeenats inch perfect body as possible. For many this compromises the message of the film however it is never vulgar. The portrayal of her own self-loathing and sense of worthlessness tugs at the heart strings. There is a small minus in Shashi Kapoors total miscasting as the big engineer he looks continually bemused and his sudden conversion doesn't quite ring true.

The film is beautifully shot and the sunrise colour schemes give it a surreal and dream like quality. The dialogues are well done and complimented by some great songs. Highly recommended.


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