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Aradhana (1969)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 27 September 1969 (India)
Dashing pilot Arun romances Vandana Tripathi, and both in love with each other, become very intimate, and as a result Vandana gets pregnant. Arun and Vandana have a quiet temple wedding ... See full summary »

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... Arun / Suraj Prasad Saxena
... Vandhana Tripathi
... Madan Verma
... Renu
Anita Dutt ... Mrs. Prasad Saxena (Woman in the silhouette)
... Prison Warden
... Air Commodore Ganguly
... Ram Prasad Saxena (Man in the silhouette)
Asit Kumar Sen ... Sitaram (as Asit Sen)
Manmohan ... Shyam
Pahadi Sanyal ... Gopal Tripathi (as Pahari Sanyal)
Master Puran
Master Shahid
... Lady Doctor
Sadhana Patel
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Dashing pilot Arun romances Vandana Tripathi, and both in love with each other, become very intimate, and as a result Vandana gets pregnant. Arun and Vandana have a quiet temple wedding ceremony, and Arun leaves to re-join his duties. Unfortunately, Arun is killed, and Vandana is unable to convince anyone of her marriage with him, and as such must re-locate to hide her shame. She gives birth to a baby boy, who she must place in an orphanage, and then adopt. Unfortunately for her, the boy, Suraj, is adopted by someone else. She manages to find out their whereabouts, and gets a job as a servant. When she is about to be molested by Shyam, a relative, Suraj witnesses this, and kills him. Vandana takes the blame for this killing and is sentenced to imprisonment, leaving her son and her life behind, for a crime she did not commit. When she returns everything has changed, and she is unable to locate the family where her son was. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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During the scene of Sharmila Tagore's son Suraj's entry, (played again by Rajesh Khanna,) the person who plays Prakash, (Suraj's friend,) is actually the famous Bollywood director Subhash Ghai. See more »

Goofs

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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Gunguna Rahe Hain Bhanware Khil Rahi Hai Kali Kali
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Sung by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
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to each his own
1 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that this is a masterpiece and arguably Rajesh Kahnna's best film ever along with Anand. The music is legendary and this was also Kishore Kumars comeback movie after actor Om Prakash had cursed him because Kishore would not act in his m ovie. The story about a girl (Sharmila) who falls in love with an army afficer (Rajesh Khanna) who dies while leaving her pregnant was unique in Bollywood. Especially the entry of her son after approx 20 years (also Rajesh Khanna) and the moving climax. I love classic movies and watch black and white movies regularly. Big was my surprise when i saw the movie TO EACH HIS OWN - a black and white gem of a movie in which a girl gets pregnant by an army officer who dies, she has to give up the child and meets him approx 20 years later. But believe it or not the climax of this movie is even better than Aradhana and they don't even use a song like Chanda Hai Tu. You must watch this gem of a movie.


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