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Silsila (1981)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Romance | 14 August 1981 (India)
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SILSILA is a love story, thwarted by society's demands, which reappears as adultery but can it survive in the face of society?


Yash Chopra


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Amit Malhotra
Shashi Kapoor ... Sqdr. Leader Shekhar Malhotra
Jaya Bhaduri ... Shobha Malhotra (as Jaya Bachchan)
Rekha ... Chandni
Sanjeev Kumar ... Dr. V.K. Anand
Sudha Chopra Sudha Chopra ... Shobha's mom
Sushma Seth ... Actress
Ravi Dubey Ravi Dubey
Sharmila Roy Chowdhry Sharmila Roy Chowdhry ... (as Sharmila Roy Chowdhary)
Jagdish Raj
Vikas Anand
Ranvir Raj Ranvir Raj ... (as Ranbir Raj)
Shyam Arora Shyam Arora
Raj Bharti Raj Bharti
Gauri Shanker Gauri Shanker ... (as Mrs. Gauri Shankar)


Amit (Amitabh Bachchan) a poet decides to bury his past life along with his love for Chandni (Rekha) when he meets Shobha (Jaya Bachchan). Shobha's life has come to a standstill after her fiancé and Amit's brother Shekhar (Shashi Kapoor) dies in a plane crash. Amit had only come to mourn the death of his brother with Shobha but ends up sacrificing his own love and life in an attempt to give Shobha a new lease of life. When fate brings Amit and Chandni face to face again, both are married to different people - but neither can ignore their feelings for each other. SILSILA is a story, thwarted by society's demands, which reappear as adultery but can it survive in the face of society? Written by Official Source

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Love is faith... and faith is for ever


Drama | Family | Romance


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14 August 1981 (India) See more »

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Musicians 'Shiv Kumar Sharma' and 'Hari Prasad Chaurasia''s debut as the composer duo known as Shiv-Hari. See more »


Amit Malhotra: A helpless situation is here and there / A night of loneliness is here and there / I have many things to say, but to whom do I say it to? / How long can I stay silent and endure this? / My heart says break the conventions of the world / And break the wall that divides us / Why should we keep it in our hearts? Let's tell everyone / Yes, we love each other, we love, love... The thoughts that appear in my heart are here, and there too.
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Ladki Hai Ya Shola
Sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar
Composed by Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hari Prasad Chaurasia
Lyrics by Rajinder Krishan
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7 November 2002 | by omarhussainiSee all my reviews

Silsila is based on the true story of Amitabh, Jaya, and Rekha. As with many great movies that don't follow the typical Bollywood format this was a big flop when it was released, and yet there is no one today who hasn't seen it. Like most Yash Chopra films this one looks great and so are the songs, especially the first two: "sar se sareke" and "ladki hai yaa sholaa" (I probably didn't spell that right). Unlike most of Amitabh's films this is more of an ensemble piece and the whole cast delivers. Amitabh gives a powerhouse performance as the poet whose life is suddenly shattered and he's forced to give up his happiness for Jaya. Jaya is also perfect and matches him all the way. Sanjeev Kumar steals every scene he's in especially the one at the airport with Rekha and the one when he's talking to Jaya at the hospital. Rekha is good although her performance is the weakest of the four. Shashi Kapoor does what he can in his small role. The subject matter was handled nicely by the writers (they never get too preachy) and there are many scenes, especially the ones between Amit and Jaya, and Rekha and Jaya where you wonder how that scene took place in real life. They also succeed with making you sympathize with all 4 individuals - (that might be why they were all willing to make the movie). I give this movie a 9 out of 10. The only thing that stops me from giving it a 10 is the ending. We aren't given a reason as to why Amitabh makes the decision that he makes. Also the big revelation from Jaya at the end of the movie doesn't really make sense. Apart from that the movie is flawless and a must see.

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