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Satyam Shivam Sundaram: Love Sublime (1978)

Rupa (Zeenat Aman) grew up being cursed as "unlucky" in the village she was born in. Her mother died during childbirth. Then a kitchen accident leaves half her face disfigured. This is an ... See full summary »


Raj Kapoor


Jainendra Jain
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Shashi Kapoor ... Ranjeev
Zeenat Aman ... Rupa
Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi ... Pandit Shyam Sunder (as Kanhaiyalal)
A.K. Hangal ... Bansi (Rupa's uncle)
David Abraham ... Bade Babu (as David)
Hari Shivdasani Hari Shivdasani ... Chief Engineer
Leela Chitnis ... Bade Babu's Wife
Sheetal Sheetal ... Champa
Padmini Kolhapure ... Young Rupa (as Baby Padmini)
Baby Komal Baby Komal
Tun Tun ... Fat Lady
Vishwa Mehra Vishwa Mehra ... Jai Singh
Mansaram Mansaram
H.L. Pardesi H.L. Pardesi ... (as Pardesi)
Ram Shastri Ram Shastri ... (as Shriram Shastry)
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Rupa (Zeenat Aman) grew up being cursed as "unlucky" in the village she was born in. Her mother died during childbirth. Then a kitchen accident leaves half her face disfigured. This is an artistic exploration of beauty and disfigurement, society's values and more importantly how a girl, teenager and a bride was treated during the times. Rajeev (Shashi Kapoor) the stereotype male engineer falls in love with the Rupa who has a divine singing voice, and the unscarred left cheek. When he sees the scarred cheek, after marriage, he heads off into a tizzy and continues nightly dalliance with his mistress - the beautiful cheek. Little does he realize that his wife and mistress are two faces of the same person. Written by MG Gopalan

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Raj Kapoor wanted Rajesh Khanna and Dimple to act in this film, as things dint work out, Randhir Kapoor told his father that they have an actor at home, why not take him ? The actor who was at home was none other than Shashi Kapoor. Then when Zeenat Aman heard Raj Kapoor is in search of heroine for SSS, she wore the get up of village girl and went to see Raj Kapoor and he saw her, approved of her to be the heroine of SSS. Later Raj Kapoor and Zeenat Aman apperead toghether in Abdullah, Waqil Babu & Gopichand Jasoos, which was the last release of Raj Kapoor as actor. See more »


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Satyam Shivam Sundaram - Part 1
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Chorus
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A Meaningful One To Watch
2 June 2008 | by Pratik112See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie in 1978, I did it because it had two of my favourite actors in it - Shashi Kapoor and Zeenat Aman and at the time I enjoyed it, But watching it after a very long time, I realised why I had enjoyed it.

A village priest's wife dies in child birth - the child being a daughter who is named Roopa. As the baby grows up, she is ignored and called names by everyone in the village except her uncle Bansi. One day a there's a celebration that takes place in the temple for a rich man's son and Roopa is forced to sing when her father is unable to do so. People get mesmerised by her voice and her father trains her to sing. But disaster strikes when she asks him why she is not able to celebrate her birthday like everyone else and in response, Bansi promises to do just that and when cooking oil spills on Roopa's face and she is disfigured.

The movie stars: Shashi Kapoor, Zeenat Aman, Kanhaiyalal, A.K. Hangal, David Abraham, Leela Chitnis and a very young Padmini Kohlapure and is directed, edited and produced by Raj Kapoor. The songs by Lata Mangeshkar are worth listening to but the most memorable one is by the late Mukesh: "Chanchal Sheetal, Nirmal, Komal." Every R.K. movie that I have watched has had a story and a meaning involved and Satyam Shivam Sunderam was no exception. It depicts the saying "beauty is in the eyes of the holder" but in reality it is what we see from the outside. What one needs to see is the inner beauty. Zeenat plays the role of "Roopa" whose face from one side looks beautiful but when the other side is shown is ugly as she is disfigured but yet has a beautiful voice. She has acted this role superbly as has Shashi Kapoor the role of a man who loves beauty but hates ugliness and disfigurement. This movie also goes on to portray the meaning of "Satyam" - truth, "Shivam" - god and "Sunderam" - beauty and hence the title: "Satyam Shivam Sunderam." When this movie was first released there was a lot of discussion and many said that too much body parts were revealed by Zeenat Aman and some even said that more censorship was needed and more so with the kissing on the lips scene. Also the song "Chanchal, Sheetal, Nirmal, Komal" was the last song that the late Mukesh was to sing for a movie for he passed away soon afterwards in the USA during a tour with Lata Mangeshkar.

Conclusion: Worth while to watch, listen and try and understand the message that Raj Kapoor has tried to pass to the audience.

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22 March 1978 (India) See more »

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