An old couple lend a room on rent after recent death of the bread earner of the family, their only son. A budding actress starts living with them, who is in love with a local politician's only son. The movie shows what later ensues.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rohini Hattangadi ...
Parvati Pradhan (as Rohini Hattangady)
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B.V. Pradhan
Soni Razdan ...
Sujata Suman
Madan Jain ...
Vilas Chitre
Suhas Bhalekar ...
Vishwanath
Alok Nath ...
Pandit / Astrologer
Akash Khurana ...
Chief Minister Shashikant (as Aakash Khurana)
Vijay Kashyap ...
Dr. Bhatt
Kishore Jariwala
Suresh Chatwal ...
Police Inspector
Salim Ghouse ...
Gajanan Chitre's Goon (with acid)
Arun Bakshi ...
Gajanan Chitre's Goon
Sankalp Dubey
Rajesh Kumar
Haidar Ali ...
Hyder Ali
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Devastated to learn that their only child, a son, has been killed by muggers in New York City, former Headmaster B.B. Pradhan and his wife, Parvati, grieve. With their son dead, there is no income coming in, so they rent out a room, in their Shivaji Park (Bombay) apartment to a budding Bollywood actress, Sujata Suman, who has been having an illicit affair with the only son (Vilas) of a politician named Gajanan Chitre. Vilas lacks the guts to tell his father that he is in love and would like to marry Sujata, and hence puts off any marriage plans. They do get intimate and as a result Sujata gets pregnant. When Pradhan finds out, he offers to take Sujata to meet Gajanan with the hope that he will permit her to become his daughter-in-law. But Gajanan not only refuses, he also threatens them, he warns them of dire consequences if Sujata does not abort the child, and moves away to another town. Pradhan refuses to let Sujata out of his house, and then begins the stalking and harassment by ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Sanjeev Kumar was asked to do Anupam Kher's role by Rajshri. But Mahesh insisted on Anupam Kher. See more »

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B.V. Pradhan: Parvati, the lines on your face symbolize the gist of my life!
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a masterpiece!!!
8 June 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Mahesh Bhatt's Saaransh is undoubtedly his best work along with Arth. Saaransh deals with some complex emotions that we human beings go through in life.Though not as much as the lead characters in this film,we do experience such emotions of loss,grief,love,betrayal, frustration,sense of support,overcoming our fears and being a coward,etc.

This film is about a couple Professor B.V.Pradhan and Parvati Pradhan (Anupam Kher and Rohini Hattangadi) who have just lost their son in some riots in New York.They are unable to digest the fact that their son is no more with them.They feel that their lives have lost their meaning and that they are worthless human beings as they could not save their son. Just then,a small time actress Sujata Suman (Soni Razdan) moves into their house as a paying guest.She has a boyfriend Vilas Chitre (Madan Jain) who is the son of a local politician Gajanan Chitre (Nilu Phule). She becomes pregnant with Vilas' child, but his father is unwilling to accept neither her nor her baby.At that time the Pradhans come to her help.

But is it easy for an old helpless couple to make such an influential politician accept Sujata and her baby.What all problems do they face during their fight against Gajanan Chitre? Why are they ready to risk their lives for a paying guest whom they have known just for a few days? What are their motives behind it? What is the conclusion to all of their problems? Do the Pradhans finally overcome their loss,i.e, their son's death?

This is what the rest of the film deals with.Mahesh Bhatt should return to directing films,because this film is easily one of the best films made in this world.His direction is very sensitive and touches upon even the minutest of details in the film.His direction is very impressive.The editing by David Dhawan is good.Adeep Tandon's cinematography is also good.Since the film has been shot at real locations, it enhances the storytelling and gives a grounded appeal to the film.The film looks good.Anupam Kher and Rohini Hattangadi (who were in their 20s then) look very convincing and also act very convincingly.A salute to them.They are easily one of the best actors we have.Soni Razdan,Nilu Phule,Suhas Bhalekar,Madan Jain,Alok Nath,Akash Khurana all of them perform very well;it is a delight to see them all perform on the screen.The story,screenplay,dialogues,art direction,lyrics and make-up are also top notch.

Last but not the least the music of the film by Ajit Verman is haunting.There is only one song in the film -" Andhiyara Gehraya " which is a very beautiful soul-stirring song.The music takes the film to a different level altogether.

Overall,the film is a masterpiece and a must watch for every cinema lover.


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