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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sangeeta Shrivastav
Anand Bhatnagar
Ashok Kumar Shrivastav
Prem Kumar Verma
Sulochana Latkar ...
Parvati Shrivastav (Sangeeta's mother) (as Sulochana)
Madhu Kapoor ...
Geeta Shrivastav
Kalpana Malhotra
Kumud Bole ...
Ashok's wife
Sadhana Malhotra (as Padma Chauhan)
Kanwal Pal Singh (Guest Appearance)
Roop Kumar
Bus Conductor
Venkat Rao
Dilip Jain


An overwhelmed Mr. Shrivastav is unable to shoulder the responsibility of raising and looking her his wife, two daughters, and one son, he leaves home, and decides to be a celibate hermit. The son, Ashok, is an unemployed alcoholic, unable to find employment, and prefers gambling, and living on the earnings of his sister, Sangeeta. His family had hoped that getting him married, would make him responsible, in vain though, and to make matters worse he gets intimate with his wife frequently, which results in her giving birth to children, who all add to the financial burden of this household. Geeta is the second daughter, who is widowed, and is now living with her family. Sangeeta is the only one employed, and carrying the responsibility of this family on her shoulders. When her father returns home, she hopes to resign from her job, and marry her sweetheart, Prem, but alas, the father again leaves them, and Sangeeta returns to her employment. Complications arise when Geeta falls in love ... Written by rAjOo (

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Director T.Rama Rao third film with Rekha after Juddai and Ek Hi Bhool. See more »


Remade as Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu (1983) See more »


Gangaram kunwara rah gaya
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Music by Laxmikant and Pyarelal
Sung by Kishore Kumar (as Kishore Kumar Ganguly)
Music India Ltd
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The river of Rekha's life
31 January 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Jeevan Dhaara is the story of Sangeeta Shrivastav, a young, smart and decisive girl. Sangeeta is the sole breadwinner of her extended family, which includes a helpless mother, an unemployed, alcoholic brother, a widowed sister, a sister in-law, and three kids, one of whom is blind. Sangeeta is already 25, she is in daily struggles with her life and she is longing for the day on which she will tie the knot. However, she knows that circumstances force her to remain unmarried and take care of the family, which was abandoned by her father. Sangeeta is the true man in the house and she is known for her tough and no-nonsense attitude with the members of the family, particularly with the kids. She is strict and uncompromising, but everyone knows that beneath this heavy mask lies a very vulnerable and kind soul. She sacrifices her own happiness by letting any incidental chances to get married and form her own family pass by.

Jeevan Dhaara is quite authentic in its depiction, though the pacing is a bit slow from time to time and I would delete a few unnecessary scenes. The writing is good but at times it has a bit depressing mood to it, though it has its occasional joyful moments. The film's main sub-plot with Sangeeta's friend Kalpana, played by Simple Kapadia and her affair with her mother's lover is quite effective. Rama Rao Tanineni's direction is pretty good, and the music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal is appropriate. The acting is good. Jeevan Dhaara is Rekha's film all the way, and she is thoroughly compelling and moving as she always is, though this is clearly not one of her best parts. She manages to draw the audience's sympathy even though her character is quite unlikable. Raj Babbar is average as her alcoholic brother, and Amol Palekar is fantastic as usual.

Jeevan Dhaara is a nice dramatic feature, it is simple, issue-based, and though I wouldn't call it a particularly great film, it is interesting and watchable mainly due to Rekha's beautiful portrayal.

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