8.0/10
1,035
13 user 2 critic
A film-maker who is having an extra-marital affair with an actress decides to leave his wife. Arth is the story of this women's search for her identity.

Director:

Mahesh Bhatt

Writers:

Mahesh Bhatt (screenplay), Sujit Sen (screenplay)
Reviews
4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Ayushmann Khurrana: "No Small Parts" IMDb Exclusive

Ayushmann Khurrana, perhaps best known for Vicky Donor and Dum Laga Ke Haisha, stars in two very different films: the thriller Andhadhun and the comedy-drama Badhaai Ho.

Learn more about Ayushmann

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Saaransh (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An old couple lend a room on rent after recent death of the bread earner of the family, their only son. A budding actress starts living with them, who is in love with a local politician's only son. The movie shows what later ensues.

Director: Mahesh Bhatt
Stars: Rohini Hattangadi, Anupam Kher, Soni Razdan
Ardh Satya (1983)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A newly appointed police rookie deals with corruption, romance, and brutality.

Director: Govind Nihalani
Stars: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri
Mandi (1983)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This classic film is based on a classic Urdu short story 'Aanandi' by Pakistani writer Ghulam Abbas. It deals with a brothel at the heart of a city, in an area that some politicians want ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal
Stars: Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

After years of painstaking research at the cost of his domestic pleasure, Dr. Dipankar Roy discovers a vaccine for leprosy. The news is flashed over television and overnight, an ... See full summary »

Director: Tapan Sinha
Stars: Shabana Azmi, Pankaj Kapur, Irrfan Khan
Mirch Masala (1987)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. A subedar commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confident woman whose ... See full summary »

Director: Ketan Mehta
Stars: Ram Gopal Bajaj, Benjamin Gilani, Mohan Gokhale
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Laxmi lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in India along with her husband, Kishtaya, who is a deaf-mute. Both husband and wife work for the wealthy landlord. The landlord's son, Surya... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal
Stars: Shabana Azmi, Sadhu Meher, Anant Nag
Aakrosh (1980)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A public prosecutor discovers the harsh realities about life of the scheduled tribes in India during 1980s while defending a case of a tribesman charged of murdering his wife.

Director: Govind Nihalani
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri
Ijaazat (1987)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Mahendra is in love with Maya and would like to marry her. But Maya is a woman of the 20th century, who does not believe in marriage, but would like to continue having a relationship. ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar
Stars: Rekha, Naseeruddin Shah, Anuradha Patel
Aandhi (1975)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

J.K. is a hotel Manager in a scenic location in India. One day he gallantly comes to the rescue of a drunk daughter, Aarti, of a politician, and chooses to be discrete about it. When she ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar
Stars: Suchitra Sen, Sanjeev Kumar, Om Shivpuri
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A man from Mumbai (then Bombay) is angry about various issues in different circumstances.

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil
Nishant (1975)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest brother of the powerful and influential village Zamindar (Amrish Puri). The Zamindar will not hesitate to do anything for the welfare and ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal
Stars: Girish Karnad, Shabana Azmi, Anant Nag
Sparsh (1980)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Anirudh Parmar is blind, but he does not let this impairment bind him down. He runs a school for the blind as a Principal. He meets with social worker, Kavita. Kavita is attracted to him, ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape
Stars: Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Sudha Chopra
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Shabana Azmi ... Pooja
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Inder Malhotra
Smita Patil ... Kavita Sanyal
Raj Kiran ... Raj
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gulshan Grover ... Gulshan
Rohini Hattangadi ... Pooja's Maid
Siddharth Kak Siddharth Kak ... Anil
Mazhar Khan Mazhar Khan ... Harish
Dina Pathak ... Kavita's Mother
Purnima Purnima ... Hostel Principal
Shammi ... Mrs. Bhalla
Om Shivpuri ... Dr. Puri
Gita Siddharth Gita Siddharth ... Aparna
Dalip Tahil ... Dalip
Chand Usmani Chand Usmani ... School Adminstrator
Edit

Storyline

A film-maker who is having an extra-marital affair with an actress decides to leave his wife. Arth is the story of this women's search for her identity.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

3 December 1982 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Meaning See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Anu Arts See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Navin Nischol was extremely angry with Mahesh Bhatt and would openly bash him to his face. The reason being was that when Mahesh Bhatt was planning Arth, he was going to cast Navin Nischol in the lead role. Mahesh use to sit and plan the film with Navin at Navin's home. They would sit and drink all night writing the film. Then one day Mahesh decided he did not want Navin and did not even inform him about his decision. After this Navin would blast Mahesh in the media and to Mahesh's face at every moment. See more »

Connections

References Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho...
Sung by Jagjit Singh
Composed by Jagjit Singh
Lyrics by Kaifi Azmi
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Worth the time, Great Music
23 August 2002 | by darbarSee all my reviews

I saw this movie recently (2002) and was amazed that a simple theme was handled pretty well. Shabna Azmi's acting is good as usual. The editing is pretty poor and the movie moves pretty slowly. The best part of the movie are the three songs and the music by Jagjit Singh. I was hooked to these songs from the very first time I heard them couple of years ago.

I would give this movie a 7/10 on an absolute scale.


5 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Top Rated and Trending Indian Movies

Check out the Indian movies with the highest ratings from IMDb users, as well as the movies that are trending in real time.

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed