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Silsila (1981)

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A story of love lost and found, but twisted by society's demands and conventions to appear as adultery.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shashi Kapoor ...
Sqdr. Leader Shekhar Malhotra
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Amit Malhotra
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Shobha Malhotra (as Jaya Bachchan)
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Chandni
Sudha Chopra ...
Shobha's mom
Sushma Seth ...
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Ravi Dubey
Sharmila Roy Chowdhry ...
(as Sharmila Roy Chowdhary)
Jagdish Raj
Vikas Anand
Ranvir Raj ...
(as Ranbir Raj)
Shyam Arora
Raj Bharti
Gauri Shanker ...
(as Mrs. Gauri Shankar)
Damyanti Puri
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Storyline

Although orphaned at very young ages, Scriptwriter Amit and military pilot Shekhar are brothers and also very good friends. The latter is happily engaged to Shobha, while the former has just fallen in love with pretty, young Chandni. But tragedy strikes when Shekhar's plane is shot down in Kashmir. Amit feels it to be his obligation to leave the girl he loves and marry his brother's pregnant fiancée instead. But when, by an unexpected turn, Amit and the now also married Chandni meet again, their love for each other proves to be stronger than their marital vows. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Love is faith... and faith is for ever

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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29 July 1981 (India)  »

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Amitabh Bachchan and Lata Mangeshkar recorded their portions of "Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum" separately. Years later, when they were on friendly terms, they expressed their regret at having to do so when they could have gotten to know each other. See more »

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Dekha Ek Khwab
Sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar
Composed by Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hari Prasad Chaurasia
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
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Yash Chopra's masterpiece
13 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

People call Lamhe Yash Chopra's biggest risk but in my opinion Silsila was his biggest risk. That is because with Silsila he tried to make us feel sorry for adulterers Amitabh and Rekha. He succeeds in achieving that, we as the audience are made to feel that they are not bad people and it is more of a case of unfortunate circumstances. That is one problem I had with KANK, they way it was written I failed to garner any sympathy for Shah Rukh and Rani and that is a major flaw.Amitabh and Rekha are lovers but Amitabh marries his deceased brother's wife who is carrying his child leaving lover Rekha heartbroken. They actually try to forget about each other but fate has other plans for them and they are soon reunited.

The music, as per usual in a Yash Chopra production is exceptional and perhaps the music he has had in any of his movies. My favourites are either Dekha ek khwab or the holi classic Rang Barse. Speaking of Rang Barse I love the acting of Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bachan in that song. When the song starts they are happy with Amitabh's and Rekha dancing together but towards the end they start to get insecure, such great acting. Now onto the acting, Amitabh,Jaya Bachan,Rekha and even Sanjeev Kumar were all exceptional.

When released it flopped but made its money back through reruns. Apparently people were unhappy about the fact that after Amitabh spends all the movie thinking about Rekha when they do run away together he ends up going back to his wife. That in my opinion was Yash Chopra's only fault and yet I still enjoy throughly despite the ending. After this movie was released rumours started to circulate that Amitbah and Rekha did have an affair during the filming of Silsila. I can't say whether it's true or not, its just some interesting trivia. In my opinion Silsila is the best Bollywood movie based on adultery and is miles better than Karan Johar's KANK.


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