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Saraswatichandra (1968)

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A man regrets his decision of refusing to marry the woman he loves.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kumud Sundari
Manish ...
Saraswati Chandra / Navinchandra
Vijaya Choudhury ...
Kusum (as Vijaya Choudhry)
Ramesh Deo ...
Sulochana Latkar ...
Kumud's mother (as Sulochana)
B.M. Vyas ...
Maan Chatur
Seema Deo ...
Alak (as Seema)
Surendra ...
Jeevan Kala ...
Chandrakant's Wife (as Jeevankala)
S.B. Nayampalli ...
Pradhan Buddhidhan (as Nayampally)
Sulochana Chatterjee ...
Pramad's mother (as Sulochana Chatterji)
Babu Raje
Dulari ...
Saraswati Chandra's step-mother
Shivraj ...
Saraswati Chandra's father
Praveen Paul ...
Kumud's aunt (as Pravin Paul)


In a nation crippled with poverty and crime, young Saraswatichandra is brought up by his rather cruel step-mother, and eventually decides to shun materialistic life. Hoping to get him to change his mind, his father arranges his marriage with Kumud Sundari, but he remains adamant. When Kumud comes to know, she writes to him, they exchange letters, he comes to meet her and both fall deeply in love with each other. He returns home, makes preparation for the wedding but his step-mother instigates his father against him, compelling him to forsake everything, and writes to Kumud's family accordingly. He changes his mind and goes to meet with Kumud but finds she is now married to Pramadh. A tearful Kumud re-locates to live with her husband and her family, but finds her husband unsophisticated, uneducated, alcoholic and womanizer who frequents brothels. Then Saraswatichandra re-enters her life when he gets employed by her in-laws under the name of Navinchandra. He notices her silent anguish ... Written by rAjOo (

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One of the last Black and White Movies - But worth watching
3 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Towards the end of the 1960's colour had taken over the screens and movies such as "Aradhana" and "Do Raaste," were being released and were going onto become huge success as "Black and White" movies were finally being phased out into history. But one movie beat all the odds and that was "Saraswatichandra." Saraswati is indifferently raised by his step mother and yet he grows up and becomes a compassionate person who has lofty ideas and decides to do without his personal happiness without informing his father, who fixes his marriage to Kumud an educated girl from a rich family. Saraswati decides to cancel the engagement and writes to Kumud to inform her. But soon she replies and soon the two keep on exchanging letters.

Soon Saraswati decides to defy the customs and pays a visit to his fiancée. The two soon serenade and a short lived romance takes place and soon Saraswati returns home after promising Kumud and her family that he would return. However, on his return a family feud takes place and Saraswati writes to Kumud that he is not able to marry her.

Directed by Govind Saraiya, the movie starred Nutan and an relatively unknown actor, Manish and Dulari. The music maestros, Kalyanji – Anandji, provided some of the most memorable music to songs, Nutan, who was not into much dancing, danced in a most memorable manner in one of these songs which sounded traditional.

This is based on a well written novel by Govardhanram Madhavram Tripathi and was very well adapted for the screen and the dialogue writer, S. Ali Raza, went on to receive Filmfare Award for Best Dialogues and the Best cinematography went to Naman Irani. The music maestros went onto receive a National Award for their melodious scores for this.

Nutan, who, by the time this movie was released, was well in her thirties and had acted as a heroine in films such as "Anari" and "Milan," for twenty years. This was to be her last movie as a romantic heroine. In the meantime, actor, Manish and director Saraiya, were not able to hold their careers in Hindi movies.

Saraswatichandra was the last movie to be made in black and white.

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