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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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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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Láncolat  »

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This was the last movie of Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha. As of 2009, they have not been paired, possibly because of their controversial affair in the late 70s/early 80s. See more »

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Referenced in Traffic Signal (2007) See more »

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Bahan Jinah Di Pakdiye
Sung by Rani Harban Singh and Party
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Classic!!
7 November 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Silsila is based on the true story of Amitabh, Jaya, and Rekha. As with many great movies that don't follow the typical Bollywood format this was a big flop when it was released, and yet there is no one today who hasn't seen it. Like most Yash Chopra films this one looks great and so are the songs, especially the first two: "sar se sareke" and "ladki hai yaa sholaa" (I probably didn't spell that right). Unlike most of Amitabh's films this is more of an ensemble piece and the whole cast delivers. Amitabh gives a powerhouse performance as the poet whose life is suddenly shattered and he's forced to give up his happiness for Jaya. Jaya is also perfect and matches him all the way. Sanjeev Kumar steals every scene he's in especially the one at the airport with Rekha and the one when he's talking to Jaya at the hospital. Rekha is good although her performance is the weakest of the four. Shashi Kapoor does what he can in his small role. The subject matter was handled nicely by the writers (they never get too preachy) and there are many scenes, especially the ones between Amit and Jaya, and Rekha and Jaya where you wonder how that scene took place in real life. They also succeed with making you sympathize with all 4 individuals - (that might be why they were all willing to make the movie). I give this movie a 9 out of 10. The only thing that stops me from giving it a 10 is the ending. We aren't given a reason as to why Amitabh makes the decision that he makes. Also the big revelation from Jaya at the end of the movie doesn't really make sense. Apart from that the movie is flawless and a must see.


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