Arun meets Vandana during a vacation and very soon they secretly get married.Arun is a air force pilot an dies in a crash leaving pregnant Vandana heartbroken.As her marriage was never ... See full summary »


Shakti Samanta


Sachin Bhowmick (story & screenplay), Ramesh Pant (dialogue)
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Rajesh Khanna ... Arun / Suraj Prasad Saxena
Sharmila Tagore ... Vandhana Tripathi
Sujit Kumar ... Madan Verma
Farida Jalal ... Renu
Anita Dutt Anita Dutt ... Mrs. Prasad Saxena (Woman in the silhouette)
Madan Puri ... Prison Warden
Ashok Kumar ... Air Commodore Ganguly
Abhi Bhattacharya ... Ram Prasad Saxena (Man in the silhouette)
Asit Kumar Sen ... Sitaram (as Asit Sen)
Manmohan ... Shyam
Pahadi Sanyal Pahadi Sanyal ... Gopal Tripathi (as Pahari Sanyal)
Master Puran Master Puran
Master Shahid Master Shahid
Dulari ... Lady Doctor
Sadhana Patel Sadhana Patel


Arun meets Vandana during a vacation and very soon they secretly get married.Arun is a air force pilot an dies in a crash leaving pregnant Vandana heartbroken.As her marriage was never formalized she decides not to accept the kid her father to dies in between this.Vandana gives birth to her son who gets adopted by a childless couple and she decides to take care of him as her nanny.The child is name Suraj things are well until Shyam starts to eye her an done day while trying to molest her Suraj stabs him .But Vandana takes the blame on her spending rest of her life in jail.Years later she is to be freed from jail and the jailer takes her to his house to take care of her daughter Renu.Renu starts bonding well with Vandana and introduces her to her lover whose none other then Suraj.At the very firs moment Vandana realizes that he is her son whose exact replica of his father Arun.But decides no to break the truth as Suraj might be embarrassed. Written by

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Drama | Musical | Romance


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Shakti Samanta wanted another actor to play Sharmila's son. But after much thought he decided to make it a double role. See more »


In the opening song sequence , Sharmila Tagore is seen reading a book while seated in the train. The book's name is When Eight Bells toll, a thriller novel written by Alistair Maclean published in the year 1966. The film was released in 1969, so it is clear that the flashback was shown in a time which was actually a "flash-forward", which is impossible.She should have been shown reading The Heart of the Matter (1948), a novel by the English author Graham Greene. See more »


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Baagon Mein Bahaar Hai
Sung by Rajesh Khanna Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
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Best Romantic movie ever
22 July 2014 | by sanjayppcSee all my reviews

Aradhana is surely one of the best Hindi movies ever made with scintillating music by S.D Burman & RDB(uncredited).

The film belongs to sharmila tagore who has given one of her career finest performances. It has a strong storyline, lovely locales, great performances & out of the world music. It is ably directed by shakti shamantha.

However, the movie is remembered & will be remembered forever for 1 main reason - the advent of the superstar Rajesh Khanna. From the opening song "sapnon ke rani" till the climax, he stays in your heart. The charm, the style, the gait, the performance - simply superb.

The movies was a pioneering one in many ways :- 1. It resurrected the career of kishore kumar 2. "Roop tera mastana" happens to be the only song in Indian cinema which was shot in a single take.

3. The finest album by SDB But above all, it gave India its greatest's super star Rajesh Khanna

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Release Date:

27 September 1969 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A Adoração See more »

Filming Locations:

Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

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Color (Eastman Color)
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