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Sunayana (1979)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Rajoo (Naseeruddin Shah) is an honest, naive, villager with a heart of gold. When he comes to the big city, he comes across a beautiful young girl, Sunayana (Rameshwari), who almost gets ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Sulochana Latkar ... Dr. Indrajit Sharma's Mother (as Sulochana)
Murad
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Gayatri ... Sushma (Indrajeet's sister)
... Dr. Indrajeet
... Jaggoo
Pinchoo Kapoor ... Heeramohan
... Prisoner #204
... Maushiji
Mukri ... Circus owner
Rajendra Nath ... Lion-tamer: Shamsher
Rameshwari ... Sunayana
... Rajoo
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Rajoo (Naseeruddin Shah) is an honest, naive, villager with a heart of gold. When he comes to the big city, he comes across a beautiful young girl, Sunayana (Rameshwari), who almost gets runover by a car. He assists her to her feet, and she tells him that she is blind, lives in a small tenement with a neighbourly woman everyone calls Maushi (Leela Mishra), and sell flowers for a living. Rajoo takes it upon himself to make arrangements to ensure that Sunayana can see again. He meets with all kinds of people in this process, namely a wealthy suicidal drunk, Heeramohan (Pinchoo Kapoor); Circus owner (Mukri); Lion-tamer, Shamsher (Rajendra Nath); Prisoner Jaggoo (Jagdeep); Prisoner #204 (Viju Khote). He also meets with Dr. Indrajeet (Vijayendra Ghatge) and arranges to pay him a sum of Rs.2000/- for Sunayana's cure. Dr. Indrajeet lives with his mom (Sulochana), and sister, beautiful Sushma (Gayetri). When Sunayana is cured, she has nowhere to go to, for Rajoo has ended up in prison, Dr. ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Rameshwari suffered a serious injury while shooting for the film. She had to ride a horse into a room. When she got on it, it would not stand still. Naseeruddin was trying to control and hold the horse down. Finally the horse thru her off and she injured her left eye very badly. She did not work for 1 year after the accident. People in the industry thought she lost her eye and did not get any work. See more »

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Re-make of Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights"
27 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I watched Sunayana in 1980 or so. And at that time, the movie impressed me. Both Naseeruddin Shah and Rameshwari acted well; the music was good too. Like all other Rajashri Productions movies, this too was an enjoyable movie.

But later I came to know that this was not an original idea, but rather a remake of Chaplin's City Lights. However, this is not the first time it happened that a movie was made in Hindi without any reference to the original one (I may be wrong about this point, because, as I said, I watched this movie almost 25 years ago!); another case in point in "Bombai Ka Babu", which was wholly based on O'Henry's short story "The Double-dyed Deceiver", except for the character of Suchitra Sen.


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