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Anuradha (1961)

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After Mrs. Chaudhary passes away, her husband asks his son, Nirmal, to study medicine, become a doctor, and live in a small village to help patients who are unable to travel great distances... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Balraj Sahni ...
Dr. Nirmal Chaudhary
Leela Naidu ...
Anuradha Roy
Abhi Bhattacharya ...
Nasir Hussain ...
(as Nazir Hussein)
Hari Shivdasani ...
Brijeshwar Prasad Roy
Asit Kumar Sen ...
Zaminder (as Asit Sen)
Ashim Kumar
Brahm Bhardwaj
Manav Chitnis
Bhudo Advani
R.P. Kapoor
Shailen Ghosh ...
(as Shailen Bose)
M. Khopkar
Mukri ...
Rashid Khan ...
Ram Bharose


After Mrs. Chaudhary passes away, her husband asks his son, Nirmal, to study medicine, become a doctor, and live in a small village to help patients who are unable to travel great distances to see a medical professional. Nirmal follows his father's advise, becomes a doctor, and starts his practice in Nand Gaon. He meets with Anuradha Roy, a well-known Radio Singer and stage dancer, and falls in love with her, he treats her injured ankle, both fall in love, and get married, without the blessings of Anuradha's wealthy dad, Brijeshwar Prasad Roy. Both re-locate to Nandgaon where Anuradha gives up her singing and becomes a housewife. She soon gives birth to a daughter, Ranu. Then 10 years later, her apologetic dad comes to visit her, and takes Ranu away for a holiday with him. Shortly thereafter, Anuradha's former beau, Deepak, the England-returned man her dad had wanted her to marry, re-enters her life. He witnesses that she is being neglected by her overly busy husband, asks her to ... Written by rAjOo (

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Sachin Bowmick, the story writer for Anuradha, in his biography, has stated that the music composition was initially offered to Ustaad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Ravi Shankar got to compose the music for the film on the rebound. See more »


Hay re woh din (Raag: JanSammohini)
written by Shailendra and set to music by Pt.RaviShankar
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
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A simple nice and quite realistic movie. A must see if you like old black and white movies.
17 September 2011 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

When I saw director Hrushikesh Mukherjee's name in the credits of the film Anuradha, I immediately knew I was about to see a good movie. And I was not disappointed. The story is very simple, nice and quite realistic; in a space of two hours and 20 minutes, Mukherjee traverses the relationship of an idealistic, humanitarian doctor and his wife, the titular heroine who aspires to be a singer and escape the rustics of the provincial life. In the last millennium there were not many movies you could genuinely call 'realistic'. By realistic, I mean, you could say, "Yes, this could have easily happened." The wife used to be this famous singer before she enters into a love marriage and gives up music. The world then loses a great singer to a marriage. The story sounds simple, but is it really? The way it is developed, the film shows how a deceptively simple story can become quite complex in real life when human emotions and nature comes into the equation. To Mukherjee's credit, he handles it without any extreme theatrics. If I were thinking hard where the story becomes unrealistic, it really feels like finding a needle in a haystack.

I was in two minds about rating between 7 and 8. I could have rated it at 7 because in spite of a nicely made movie, it is slightly boring. But then I compared it with the film Guide, which was made few years later. It also dealt with emotional complexities around man-woman relationship. Guide had fantastic music, dances and songs. However, ultimately the story writer seemed to have lost control. So I bumped my rating of Anuradha to 8. Lastly in terms of music-- what can you say when the music director is none other than the legendary Maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar. The songs are outstanding. I only wish we had more of these beautiful songs. All in all, Anuradha is a good movie to see with your family on an evening when you just want to sit in front of TV and relax.

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