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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 ... See full summary »

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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
...
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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The first kiss to be shown on a Hindi cinema screen for several years. See more »

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Satyam Shivam Sundaram - Part 1
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Chorus
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Truth, Godliness and Beauty
17 October 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Clearly, a movie much ahead of its time. It starts out with a cheesy commentary about the title (which has been translated into English as "Love Sublime") by the producer/director Raj Kapoor, but turns into a visual treat from then on till the last shot. Movies like these are no longer made in India, this shall remain as one of those movies in the eras gone by. The religious metaphors and sensuality was never before seen in a commercial movie.

Zeenat Aman plays the character of an abused and ugly duckling (a stretch for the former model, Miss Asia, Miss India winner....) quite well. The costumes are amazing in the song "Chanchal Sheetal...", never before had costumes or sets as elaborate or ornate been seen on the Indian movie screen. The temple and waterfall sets were constructed in Raj Kapoor's farm in Chembur and are perfect backdrops for many important scenes. The music and Lata's voice are a perfect enhancement to the rest of the movie.

The lead was initially offered to several major actresses in Bollywood (Shabana, Rekha and Reena Roy) but neither agreed. I just can't imagine anyone else as Rupa, but Zeenat Aman. This movie turned out to be a financial flop for Raj Kapoor and he in turn blamed it on Zeenat. She still walked away the winner because the publicity shots for the movie gave Zeenat Aman's popularity a huge boost. The stills of the movie were pasted throughout the city of Bombay (and I am assuming the rest of India) as well as on magazine covers for years to come. It was perfect PR for her and in the long run, she is remembered for her sensuality in this movie. This movie is much more appreciated among NRI and western circles and to this day holds its own.


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