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Agar Tum Na Hote (1983)

Photographer Raj Bedi meets with attractive Radha, both fall in love, and get married. Shortly after the marriage, Raj has an accident and is hospitalized. He does recover, but has no ... See full summary »

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Ashok Mehra
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Mrs. Purnima Mehra / Radha
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Raj Bedi
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Shakur Ahmed
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Chandu
Baby Shabana ...
Mini Mehra
Sudhir Dalvi ...
Doctor
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Employer
Sunder ...
Sunder
Dulari ...
Matron at the Orphanage
Ranvir Raj ...
Doctor #1 (as Ranveer Raj)
Rekha Parmar
Zubaida ...
(as Zubeda)
Sunil Dhawan
Gulshan Bawra ...
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Photographer Raj Bedi meets with attractive Radha, both fall in love, and get married. Shortly after the marriage, Raj has an accident and is hospitalized. He does recover, but has no sensation in his legs and must be confined to a wheelchair. The cost of his treatment, in addition to the loss of his job, leads Radha to take up employment as a Governess to a small child, the only daughter of wealthy industrialist, Ashok Mehra. Raj is quite happy at this arrangement and looks forward to his treatment locally, and subsequently abroad. What he does not know that Ashok's deceased wife resembles Radha, that his daughter, Mini, thinks that Mom has finally returned home; and that this was prime reason that Radha was ever hired by Mehra and his associates. Will Radha take to the comfortable life as the wealthy Mrs. Mehra, in addition to getting a cute little daughter for her own self? Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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4 November 1983 (India)  »

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In this film Rekha sang a song along with Shailendra Singh. The song was kal to sunday hai isi baat pe rona hai........ See more »

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Agar Tum Na Hote
Lyrics by Gulshan Bawra
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
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A cut above the usual Bollywood fare - Rekha shines as usual
26 September 2004 | by (florida, usa) – See all my reviews

This film is far superior to the standard melodramas that Bollywood churns out so relentlessly. There is not a single car-chase, not a single gunshot, and no misogynistic villain.

It will come as no surprise that Rajesh Khanna plays the hero, but it is a tribute to the writer and director that they manage to coax a performance more believable than the two-dimensional efforts Mr Khanna has delivered in dozens of his films. He uses his trademark "look" in only a couple of the scenes. Anyone who's seen the 1980s BBC documentary about Mr Khanna will know exactly what I mean!

The supporting cast is mostly good, with Asrani playing, unusually, a backstabbing friend. The only miscasting is in the role of the little girl who plays Rajesh Khanna's daughter - she is more annoying than lovable. But, of course, the film belongs to Ms Rekha. Frankly, it's a travesty that she only gets co-star billing - her performance is what makes the film so compelling. The double-role is a Bollywood staple but the first role is short and most of the time we see Rekha in her role as the governess. She captures the emotions perfectly as she is torn by the lies she has to tell to keep everyone around her happy. Yet her inner strength is evident - at no time is she a victim. She makes her choices with full acceptance of the consequences. It is an added bonus that Ms Rekha was at the height of her beauty when she made this film - she lights up the screen as the camera lingers on her every expression.

There's one other plot feature worth noting which makes this Indian film unusual, if not unique. When it comes time to propose (after the song "Dheere Dheere"), it's Rekha's character that does the proposing. The dialogue is beautifully written for this scene.

There are only seven songs, with three of them being different versions of the title song. In fact, the title song is quite lovely and has that haunting, sad quality that those of us of Asian origin seem to have a genetic pre-disposition towards!

A few words about the DVD. Sadly it is in 4:3 format, but the resolution is acceptable. The colour is also acceptable except for a few scenes where it has a noticeable tint. The sound is clear during dialogue, but distorted during the songs and it is in mono.


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