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Saajan Ki Saheli (1981)

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Young and attractive Kunti has fallen in love with a young man by the name of Anil, and both intend to marry. They do get intimate which ends in Kunti getting pregnant. Kunti finds out that... See full summary »

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Kunti Kumar
Rajendra Kumar ...
Barrister Avinash Kumar
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Moon-Moon Dhawan
Vinod Mehra ...
Anand
Anil Dhawan ...
Anil
Suresh Oberoi ...
Suresh Oberoi
Paintal ...
Saawan Kumar
Kalpana Iyer ...
Dancer (in song "Bolo Man Tumko Kya Mangta")
Coca Cola
Vijay Sharma ...
Bhagwan (The God)
Jankidas ...
Munniraj
Vedpal
Vineeta
Chand Usmani ...
Chanda
Praveen Paul ...
Kunti's Mother (as Pravin Paul)
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Young and attractive Kunti has fallen in love with a young man by the name of Anil, and both intend to marry. They do get intimate which ends in Kunti getting pregnant. Kunti finds out that Anil comes from a poor family, and she would only like to marry someone rich, so that she can lead a comfortable and stylish life. When Anil finds out that Kunti does not marry him, he kills himself. Kunti is unable to abort the child, as it is illegal at that time, so she goes away from her home, with a close friend, Chanda, and gives birth to a baby girl, who she leaves in Chanda's care. Eventually, Kunti's dreams are fulfilled when she marries a rich and wealthy Barrister by the name of Avinash Kumar. Unfortunately, Kunti is unable to conceive, however the couple are contend with their lives. Years later, Kunti finds out that Avinash is having an affair with a female client by the name of Moon Moon, a woman born out of wedlock. When she confronts him, he admits knowing and meeting his mistress, ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Nutan saves the day
24 September 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Saawan Kumar's Saajan Ki Saheli is a senseless, typical and simplistic melodrama. The story of one woman refusing to accept her premarital daughter upon birth is done to death, and while it could have been watchable in the hands of a more capable director, Kumar's direction is poor and it looks like he is hardly interested in the project, doing it all slack. While the beginning is badly done, the narrative grows even more obtuse as the film progresses. The dialogues are overdone and the proceedings often don't make sense. Towards the end in particular, there's a silly plan plotted by the characters in the film in order to bring the mother and daughter together, and it is really embarrassing. That said, I didn't expect anything great and watched the film only for Nutan and Rekha. In this regard, it was worth it.

Nutan is fantastic in her role, and as the selfish, fiery and greedy woman who has given her daughter away without blinking an eye and who is now a jealous and possessive wife, she does the best of what she is given and rises above the script. She looks absolutely great and much younger than she actually was. More importantly, she is consistently in-character and plays the part with utmost conviction, never letting the helpless writing affect her. Her sharp expressions and line delivery are as impressive as ever. I also appreciate the fact that she didn't shy away from taking on a negative part. She was always keen on playing good roles, and even though I didn't expect much from the film, I was sure she would do well, and she did not disappoint. Needless to say, this is her film all the way.

Rekha, as her illegitimate daughter, also does very well although at points she is let down by the script. This was the time when she became an altogether different person in terms of appearance and personality. She is graceful, beautiful and attractive. Rajendra Kumar and Vinod Mehra don't have much to do but both come across as likable fellows. Usha Khanna's soundtrack is so-so, but I liked the song "Jiske Liye Sab Ko Choda". The film's ending is predictably positive and sugarcoated. Saajan Ki Saheli is overall an unworthy film. It does have its good moments from time to time, but they are too few to make a difference. It may be worth a one-time watch, if anything, but that too for the performances of Rekha and particularly Nutan, and strictly for lovers of this particular kind of Hindi movies.


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