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Durga Babu, and his wife, Ganga, comes across Shyam, an orphan, who sings and dances on special occasions, and decide to take him home. Shyam meets with their daughter, Radha, and she ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Sachin ...
Sarika ...
Urmila Bhatt ...
Madan Puri ...
Sohan Singh
Padma Khanna ...
Manher Desai ...
Durga babu
Leela Mishra ...
Minoo Mehtab
Khyati ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agha ...
Dharampal Singh
V. Gopal ...
Merry-go-round owner
Mehmood Jr. ...
Sunder ...


Durga Babu, and his wife, Ganga, comes across Shyam, an orphan, who sings and dances on special occasions, and decide to take him home. Shyam meets with their daughter, Radha, and she slowly falls in love with him, but he thinks that she just wants to be friends. In his eyes, Shyam wants to be a free person, not tied down to anyone or anything, and would like to spend the rest of his life wondering, singing, and dancing. When he finds out that the family intend to get him married, he likens his plight to that of a caged bird, and flees, breaking Radha's heart. Will Shyam ever return? What impact will this have on the family? Written by rAjOo (

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1 July 1975 (India)  »

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Dívida de Amor  »

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Shyam Abhimani Oh Shyam Abhimani
Performed by Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics & Composed by Ravindra Jain
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One of the best of its time...
30 March 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Shyam is a wanderer boy of seventeen -- ever-happy, even though he has no parents, no earthly relations, nor even any hearth or home. He loves everything and everybody that meets his eyes.

In the course of his journey through different lands, he comes across a Nautanki troupe who were staging a performance in a village.

All of a sudden Shyam rises up from amidst the audience, and through his song chastises Champa, the Nautanki damsel, and Bankey, her stage lover, for catering in cheap stuff.

The audience happily acclaim Shyam for his high thoughts. Even the Nautanki girl, Champa, is moved to admiration beyond any measure. She requests Shyam to stay with them permanently. But Shyam without telling anybody leaves them behind for another unknown destination!

In a big Mela by the riverside, Shyam is seem moving aimlessly through the crowd. But ill-luck as it is, for no fault of his own twice he comes into direct confrontation with Radha, a rich and pampered girl of fifteen, who by virtue of her being the only child of rich parents, considers the entire world to be at her beck-and-call.

Suddenly a bull is seen running muck through the crowd. People start running Helter-Skelter. One lady was looking very helpless without knowing that the furious bull was charging at herself, and it is only at the last moment Shyam jumps in and saves her from being gored by the horns. Grateful for having saved her life, the lady invites Shyam to the Dharmsala where they are temporarily staying, and there Shyam discovers to his utter surprise that the lady is none other than the mother of that same girl, Radha!

Radha's father, Durga Babu, who is a Zamindar, and Radha's mother become very affectionate towards Shyam and propose that Shyam should accompany them on their return journey, to their estate.

Radha, for the first time, feels impressed by the happy buoyancy, by the sonorous singing of Shyam; inwardly, she feels proud about him. She considers him to be her proud possession -- to be jealously guarded from all outsiders. At the same time she is very careful to maintain her usual show of disinterestedness in Shyam!

Since then, these two apparently contradictory sentiments -- one of secret pride for Shyam, and the other an intense jealousy at his being loved and praised by others -- go on dominating the little world of Radha. But Radha did not realize, that in spite of all her naughtiness, her ego and her pride, inwardly and unknowingly, she is being drawn closer and closer to Shyam. And on a day when, as an anticlimax to her trying to punish Shyam by stealing his clothes, she falls down the branch of a tree into the river, it is Shyam himself who rescues her from the water. That touch -- that very close touch -- suddenly changed everything for her. From a teenage adolescent girl, she becomes a woman by that one single touch!

The naughty girl of yesterday has now turned into a loving woman, always yearning for the company of Shyam, always trying to read his thoughts, when one day Shyam expresses his belongingness to move on towards the unknown, Radha by the strength of her newly-awakened love declares that she will never let him go!

This new change in the relationship between Radha and Shyam gradually draws the attention of the parents, and they plan to give their daughter in marriage to Shyam. But to Shyam the call of the unknown has by this time become so intense that he considers marriage and home-life like a permanent bondage! He silently leaves the house.

The news of Shyam's mysterious disappearance comes as a bombshell to the Zamindar's family. Radha is stunned as she hears the shocking news. She does not talk with anybody, and does not touch food or water. She remains like the Radha of mythology -- deserted and forlorn!

What happened to Shyam? Did he return to end the miseries of his devoted Radha? See the film for the breath-taking climax...

Sachin and Sarika are the best. Good Screenplay. Good direction.

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