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Melody (1997)

Saaz (original title)
| Drama, Musical
Mansi and Bansi come to Mumbai after the death of their parents. All they have as a legacy is a love for music instilled in them by their father Vrindavan, and their divine voices. After ... See full summary »

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Sai Paranjape
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shabana Azmi ... Bansidhar (Bansi) Vrundavan
Aruna Irani ... Mansi Vrundavan (Maan Didi)
Zakir Hussain Zakir Hussain
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayesha Dharker ... Kuhu Vrundavan
Parikshat Sahni ... Dr. Ranjit Samant
Vaidehi Warerkar Vaidehi Warerkar ... Younger Maan Didi
Raghuvir Yadav ... Vrundavan
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Mansi and Bansi come to Mumbai after the death of their parents. All they have as a legacy is a love for music instilled in them by their father Vrindavan, and their divine voices. After their initial struggle, Mansi finds her way into the film industry with music director Indraneel as her mentor. Mansi keeps Bansi's talent under wraps and gets her married to an unsuitable man. Her argument is that both should cherish their father's memory - Bansi by bearing children to carry on the family name and Mansi by keeping his music alive. When Indraneel picks Bansi as his new protégé, Mansi breaks off with him. The sisters become bitter rivals. After her divorce, Bansi fights to keep her place in the sun against crippling odds. A dynamic young music director Himen Desai, is obsessed with Bansi and she finally succumbs to his charm and persuasion. The film tells the story of a brave woman's battle to come to terms with her life, she does not give up even when she loses her voice. A renowned ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Musical

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Also Known As:

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PLUS Films See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

Sai Paranjpe wanted two top heroines to play the two roles. Shabana chose the more challenging role of the younger sister. Rekha and Moushumi refused to play elder sister to Shabana. Sai would have approached Hema malini but Shabana was unwilling to act with Hema at that time - they had both vied for the role of the queen of Jhansi in an international film and neither had succeeded. This had soured relations between them. Sai settled for Aruna Irani, who was a top character artiste at that time. See more »

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Kya Tumane ye kah diya
Sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy
Music by Zakir Husain
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A sensitive look at the fragility of relationships.
25 March 2002 | by nsingh01See all my reviews

Sisters fight. But who'd have thought that the bitterness would seep down to everyday life! Saaz is a sensitive portrayal of how fragile relationships, even the most real ones, can be and how they can cripple. Shabana's portrayal of the younger sister, subjected to torture by a selfish, scheming older sister deserves mention. Her fight for survival,the complexity of relationships she gets into, really tell a compelling tale.It doesn't end with that, her failed affair with a younger man, loved by her daughter,brings the focus back on relationships, this time, between mother and daughter. So eventually, one is left wondering at the complexity of life and an individual's struggle to establish her own identity. Very well told.


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