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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Parvati Pradhan (as Rohini Hattangady)
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B.V. Pradhan
Soni Razdan ...
Sujata Suman
Madan Jain ...
Vilas Chitre
Suhas Bhalekar ...
Vishwanath
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Akash Khurana ...
Chief Minister Shashikant (as Aakash Khurana)
Vijay Kashyap ...
Dr. Bhatt
Kishore Jariwala
Suresh Chatwal ...
Police Inspector
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Gajanan Chitre's Goon (with acid)
Arun Bakshi ...
Gajanan Chitre's Goon
Sankalp Dubey
Rajesh Kumar
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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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For the pivotal scene, where Anupam Kher had to haggle with the customs officials to recover his son's ashes, since Anupam Kher had no reference of such a situation, tapped into all his hardships as struggling actor in Mumbai to reach the emotional point. The scene was shot at an office space in Film City, Mumbai, and was completed in a single take, without rehearsals or use of glycerin. 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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The Saaransh (gist) of life...
22 July 2002 | by (Columbus, OH) – See all my reviews

Saaransh is a story of an old couple living in Bombay, coming to terms with the death of their only son who is killed in a mugging incident in New York.

A poignant moment in the movie is one in which Pradhan, the school teacher (played by Anupam Kher) is haggling with the customs officials to recover the ashes of his son.

Ironically, Anupam plays a stubborn old man in the movie which was his first. Saaransh established him as a great actor.

'Saaransh' was India's official entry for the 1985 Oscar awards but was not nominated.


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