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Anuradha (1960)

| Drama | 1960 (India)
A lonely housewife, who gave up her promising singing career to marry an idealistic village-doctor, begins to regret her decision.

Director:

Hrishikesh Mukherjee (as Hrisihkesh Mukherjee)

Writers:

Rajinder Singh Bedi (dialogue), Sachin Bhowmick (screenplay) (as Sachin Bhowmic) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Balraj Sahni ... Dr. Nirmal Chaudhary
Leela Naidu ... Anuradha Roy
Abhi Bhattacharya ... Deepak
Nasir Hussain ... (as Nazir Hussein)
Hari Shivdasani Hari Shivdasani ... Brijeshwar Prasad Roy
Asit Kumar Sen ... Zaminder (as Asit Sen)
Ashim Kumar Ashim Kumar
Brahm Bhardwaj Brahm Bhardwaj
Manav Chitnis Manav Chitnis
Bhudo Advani Bhudo Advani
R.P. Kapoor R.P. Kapoor
Shailen Ghosh Shailen Ghosh ... (as Shailen Bose)
M. Khopkar M. Khopkar
Mukri ... Atmaram
Rashid Khan Rashid Khan ... Ram Bharose
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Storyline

Nirmal Chaudhary becomes a doctor and starts his practice in Nandgaon, a remote village. He meets with Anuradha Roy, a well-known singer and dancer, and they fall in love while he treats her injured ankle. They get married, and re-locate to Nandgaon where Anuradha gives up her singing and becomes a housewife. She soon gives birth to a daughter, Ranu. Ten years later, Anuradha's former beau, Deepak, re-enters her life. He witnesses that she is being neglected by her overly busy husband, and asks her to leave her husband and return back to singing. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

1960 (India) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

L.B. Lachman Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sachin Bowmick, the story writer for Anuradha, in his biography, has stated that he based the film on Madame Bovary. See more »

Soundtracks

Hay re woh din (Raag: JanSammohini)
written by Shailendra and set to music by Pt.RaviShankar
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
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Madame Anuradha
4 December 2011 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Loosely based on Flaubert's 'Madame Bovary', Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 'Anuradha' is relevant even in today's world. The sacrifices that woman make in order to create a home of their husband and children, giving up their job, their passion and independence, all for their family and to find happiness in them is not uncommon in today's society. Their contribution is often taken for granted and overlooked as happens with the title character Anuradha. With a promising career as a singer, Anuradha gives it all up for her husband and moves to a village where he can treat its poor dwellers. She is happy enough to sing only for him. Years go by and Dr. Nirmal is so occupied with work that he doesn't even have the time to listen to his wife sing one song. She continues to long for his affection and things take a drastic turn when an old flame shows up. Mukherjee has always succeeded in telling the story of the common folks and the viewer can easily relate to the characters and their struggles. Here it's no different. Balraj Sahni is first rate and beautiful Leela Naidu is very good.

There are a few melodramatic moments that break the pace but this is only a very minor flaw. The songs are pleasant and most of them fit in well. The camera does a decent enough job in capturing the simplicity and beauty of the scenes. Almost each frame of the film is photogenic. There's a certain quality and elegance that black and white brings to a film and here it highlights the scenes wonderfully.

'Anuradha' is ahead of its time especially with its feminist subject matter. It was considered a risky subject matter in cinema and cheers to Mukherjee for going ahead and doing what he believed in.


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