A young Indian couple, both from wealthy backgrounds, find themselves caught up in the 1940's Indian revolutionary movement against their families whom are under the thumb a sadistic British general.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narendra Singh
Rajeshwari Pathak
Raghuvir Pathak
Major Hisht (as Danny Dengzongpa)
Abidali Baig
Chandni ...
Gayatridevi Singh
Manohar Singh ...
Diwan Hari Singh
General Douglas
Gopi Desai ...
Pramod Moutho ...
Govind Pathak
Uday Chandra ...
Shakti Singh ...
Captain Digantu


Circa British rule over India in the year 1942 where Indians are either revolutionaries or supporters of the British. In the midst there is wealthy Narendra Singh alias Naren whose romance with a poor yet beautiful girl, Rajeshwari Pathak alias Rajjo brew changes over the entire scenario but unfortunately there are complications in their relationship as Naren's father, Diwan Hari Singh is an informer of the British, who for his loyalty attain the title of Mayor while Rajjo's father, Raghuvir Pathak is one of the many Indians who are revolutionaries against the British with a motive of a free India. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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15 July 1994 (India)  »

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Madhuri Dixit was the original choice for the role of Rajeshwari "Rajjo" Pathak. In fact, Javed Akhtar wrote the song "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To" keeping Madhuri in mind. However, due to scheduling conflicts she dropped out and was immediately replaced by Manisha Koirala who got the role after auditioning for the second time. See more »


Baig Saheb: All of a sudden, I am tired.
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Yeh Safar Bahut hi Kathin
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Performed by Shibaji Chatterjee
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An iconic love story.....
6 October 2016 | by (Nepal) – See all my reviews

Just like the title suggests, the film has two sides, 1942, a historic period and a love story. 1942, represents the time period when the Indians revolutionized against the British rulers for the freedom of the country, popularly know as "Quit India" movement. Many patriots sacrificed their lives during the freedom fight of the '40s. Under this backdrop, a beautiful love story has been weaved under a fabulous music of music maestro RD Burman. It was his last movie for which he won the coveted Filmfare awards for the best music director.

The film remains commendable for three strong reasons. The first is obviously RD Burman's memorable music, which was unfortunately his last masterpiece. The songs like "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To" or "Kuch Na Kaho.." remains the modern day classics. The songs get blended well with the beauty perpetuated through the superb cinematography. The lights and colors of the sets and the costumes all have a right touch for depicting the period. And the third nice aspect of the film remains the performances. Vidhu Vinod Chopra recasts Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff from his "Parinda" and they look good enough in their roles. Manisha Koirala adds beauty to the film and looks innocent. In the small roles, Raghuvir Yadav, Anupam Kher, Pran, Danny, Sushma Seth all play their roles perfect. Although the film saw some criticism and wasn't a very big success in the box office, the film is an iconic love story from '90s which has been made with an optimum care for which the film appears technically flawless.

Rating: 3 stars out of 4

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