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Satyam Shivam Sundaram: Love Sublime (1978)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  22 March 1978 (India)
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As Pandit Shyam Sunder prayed in Bhagwan Shivji's temple on the occasion of Janamashtami, his wife gives birth to a daughter, Rupa, and passes away, leaving her child to bear the brunt of ... 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
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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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As Pandit Shyam Sunder prayed in Bhagwan Shivji's temple on the occasion of Janamashtami, his wife gives birth to a daughter, Rupa, and passes away, leaving her child to bear the brunt of being an ill-omen. Years later, Rupa burns her face from a frying pot, thus disfiguring the right side of her face completely, so much so that when she matures, the scar being so hideous, that no one in the village nor surrounding area wants to marry her. Then an Engineer named Rajeev arrives from Bombay, he approaches Shyam Sunder to seek his permission and blessings, so that he can marry Rupa. Protesting strongly, Rupa is asked to marry Rajeev and re-locate to his house. When Rajeev finds out that his wife is disfigured, he refuses to have to do anything with her. Then one day when he returns from a trip out of town, he is told that Rupa is expecting his child. Watch what impact this has on Rajiv and what he does to expose Rupa in the community. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The teenage role of Rupa was played by Padmini Kolhapuri. She went on to act in a leading role in Raj Kapoor's 1982 movie "Prem Rog". 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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