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Javed Akhtar (screenplay)
Inder Raj Anand (dialogue)
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Release Date:
1 May 1971 (India) See more »
Orphaned Raju, in the company of four elephants, has to perform with them at street corners, in order to keep alive... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rajesh Khanna ... Raj Kumar 'Raju'

Tanuja ... Tanuja

David Abraham ... Johnny Chacha (as David)

Sujit Kumar ... Gangu
K.N. Singh ... Sarwan Kumar

Madan Puri ... Ratanlal

Abhi Bhattacharya ... Mr. Kumar - Raju's father
Bihari (as Behari)
Gurnam Singh
Mehmood Jr. ... Chhote / Jhamurey

Kumari Naaz ... Paro (as Naaz)
Jaya Kumari
Udaya Kumari
Prathiba (as Pratibha)
J.N. Anand
Raja Rao
O.P. Sharma
Hanumanthachari (as Hanumantacharya)
V.D. Puranik (as Puranik)
Shrikant (as Srikant)
Kabir (as Kabeer)
Master Ravi Kumar
Baby Tinku
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Krishnakant ... Sitaram
Ravi Kumar ... Child actor (uncredited)

Directed by
M.A. Thirumugham  (as M.A. Thirumugam)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Javed Akhtar  screenplay (as Saleem-Javed)
Inder Raj Anand  dialogue
Sandow M.M.A. Chinnappa Devar  story
Salim Khan  screenplay (as Saleem-Javed)

Produced by
Sandow M.M.A. Chinnappa Devar .... producer
Rajesh Khanna .... co-producer
Original Music by
Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar  (as Laxmikant)
Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma  (as Pyarelal)
Cinematography by
K.S. Prasad 
Film Editing by
P. Babu 
M.G. Balu Rao 
M.A. Thirumugham  (as M.A. Thirumugam)
R. Thyagaraajan  (as R. Thivagarajan)
Art Direction by
S. Krishnarao  (as S. Krishna Rao)
Set Decoration by
M. Ganapathyachary (settings) (as M. Ganapathy Achari)
Makeup Department
P. Jagadeesan .... makeup artist (as P. Jagadeesan)
Ram S. Karekar .... makeup artist (as Karekar)
A.V. Ramachandran .... makeup artist
S. Santhanam .... assistant makeup artist (as Santhanam)
D. Venugopal .... makeup artist (as Venu)
Vyjayanthy .... hair stylist (as Vyjayanti)
Production Management
Chellaiam .... assistant production manager
K.V. Chockalingam .... assistant production manager
S.V. Devan .... assistant production manager
S.M. Ganesan .... production manager
C.J. Gopalan .... assistant production manager
Gurusamy .... assistant production manager (as Gurusamy)
S. Jayaraj .... assistant production manager
Jayaraman .... assistant production manager
S. Krishnan .... assistant production manager
P. Madhavan .... assistant production manager
S.M. Meyyappan .... assistant production manager
K.A. Nachappan .... assistant production manager
T.A. Natarajan .... production manager
S. Rajendran .... assistant production manager
T.G. Seetharaman .... assistant production manager (as T.S. Seetharaman)
A.K. Subbiah .... assistant production manager
P. Sundaram .... assistant production manager
P.A. Velayutham .... assistant production manager
K.P. Viswanathan .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
P.S. Marimuthu .... assistant director
M.T. Vijaya Singam .... assistant director
Art Department
T. Neelakantan .... settings
Jayarama Reddy .... scenic effects
P. Venkatrao .... assistant art director (as P. Venkata Rao)
Sound Department
C. Govindarajan .... sound assistant (as C. Govinda Raj)
Gopala Krishna P.S. .... sound assistant (as P. Gopalakrishnan)
G.V. Ramanan .... audiographer
M.S. Dass .... fight composer (as Tiruvarur M.S. Dass)
Camera and Electrical Department
N. Kanakaraj .... assistant camera
S. Nagarajan .... assistant camera
Prabhakar O. .... assistant camera (as O. Prabhakar)
A. Shankar Rao .... still photographer
R.N. Nagaraja Rao .... still photographer
R.N. Narasinga Rao .... still photographer
K.R. Ravindran .... assistant camera
N.A. Thara .... camera operator (as N.A. Tara)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
U. Gani .... costume assistant
V. Janakiraman .... costumes
S. Krishnaswamy .... costumes
Bakthavatsala Naidu .... costume assistant
G. Shanmugam .... costume assistant
Music Department
Anand Bakshi .... lyricist
D.O. Bhansali .... song recordist: Famous Lab, Tardeo
Minoo Katrak .... song recordist
Kishore Kumar .... playback singer
Lata Mangeshkar .... playback singer
Mohammad Rafi .... playback singer (as Mohamed Rafi)
Other crew
Suresh Bhatt .... choreographer
C. Dhandayuthapani .... office administrator
Eswar .... design
S.R. Ramasamy Iyer .... publicity in charge (as S.R. Ramaswamy Iyer)
Vijaya Kumar .... associate director (as H. Vijaya Kumar)
M.A. Mariyappan .... office administrator
Chinni Prakash .... choreographer (as Chinni-Sampath)
D. Kesava Rao .... animal trainer: right master, Great Oriental Circus (as Prof. D. Kesava Rao)
Sampath .... choreographer (as Chinni-Sampath)

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170 min
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Rajesh khanna had liked the story idea of this film but he thought the script was not good. He told.the producer to take new writers with whom he had worked with them. The writers rajesh khanna was talking about were salim-javed, the producer devar called them and they did wonders the film was a big hit and overnight salim-javed became star writers and successful.See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
It's difficult to forget this film..., 3 January 2006
Author: Keep_Searching from Bulgaria

I decided to watch the film on TV because I understood that it had been extremely famous in Bulgaria in the 1970s and lots of people came out from the cinema crying.So I was curious to see "Haathi Mere Saathi" and I really enjoyed it.

The protagonist is Raj Kumar-a young man whose life had been saved by four elephants when he was a kid.Since then he loves them and doesn't think of them as "animals" but as real "friends".He falls in love with the beautiful Tanu.Unfortunately,Raj Kumar loses his fortune and becomes a poor man.But Tanu follows him and they struggle with life with the help of the faithful elephants.

Yes,the story looks naive.But what's more important is that this film made something that few films are capable of nowadays-it proved the great power of friendship and love in a really touching way.The songs are wonderful and the animals are trained incredibly well.Undoubtedly a highly recommendable film!

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