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Haathi Mere Saathi (1971)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Musical | 1 May 1971 (India)
Orphaned Raju, in the company of four elephants, has to perform with them at street corners, in order to keep alive. Slowly he amasses a fortune, and is able to build his own private zoo, ... See full summary »


M.A. Thirumugham (as M.A. Thirumugam)


Javed Akhtar (screenplay) (as Saleem-Javed), Inder Raj Anand (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rajesh Khanna ... Raj Kumar 'Raju'
Tanuja ... Tanuja
David Abraham ... Johnny Chacha (as David)
Sujit Kumar ... Gangu
K.N. Singh ... Sarwan Kumar
Madan Puri ... Ratanlal
Abhi Bhattacharya ... Mr. Kumar - Raju's father
Bihari ... (as Behari)
Gurnam Singh Gurnam Singh
Devar Devar
Mehmood Jr. ... Chhote / Jhamurey
Kumari Naaz ... Paro (as Naaz)
Jaya Kumari Jaya Kumari
Udaya Kumari Udaya Kumari


Orphaned Raju, in the company of four elephants, has to perform with them at street corners, in order to keep alive. Slowly he amasses a fortune, and is able to build his own private zoo, housing tigers, lions, bears, and of course the four elephants. He treats all the animals as his friends. He meets with Tanu, and both fall in love. Tanu's dad, Ratanlal, is opposed to this alliance, but subsequently relents, and permits the young couple to get married. Tanu is unhappy with the amount of time Raju spends with his animal friends, and this causes some bitterness between them. Things do not improve when a child is born, as Tanu fears that one day the child will be harmed by one of the animals, and hence Raju is told to make a choice between his animal friends or his wife and son. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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elephant | fear | baby | zoo | love | See All (15) »


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Did You Know?


Several years later actress Tanuja took her daughter Kajol to the circus. A elephant grabbed Tanuja' s pallu and would not leave it. Tanuja wondered as to why the elephant was behaving this way. It was then she was informed that the elephant was one the elephants used for her film " Haathi Mera Saathi". The elephant had recognized her despite so many years passing. See more »


Remade as Ali Surathal (2009) See more »

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It's difficult to forget this film...
3 January 2006 | by Keep_SearchingSee all my reviews

I decided to watch the film on TV because I understood that it had been extremely famous in Bulgaria in the 1970s and lots of people came out from the cinema crying.So I was curious to see "Haathi Mere Saathi" and I really enjoyed it.

The protagonist is Raj Kumar-a young man whose life had been saved by four elephants when he was a kid.Since then he loves them and doesn't think of them as "animals" but as real "friends".He falls in love with the beautiful Tanu.Unfortunately,Raj Kumar loses his fortune and becomes a poor man.But Tanu follows him and they struggle with life with the help of the faithful elephants.

Yes,the story looks naive.But what's more important is that this film made something that few films are capable of nowadays-it proved the great power of friendship and love in a really touching way.The songs are wonderful and the animals are trained incredibly well.Undoubtedly a highly recommendable film!

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Release Date:

1 May 1971 (India) See more »

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A Força do Destino See more »

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Devar Films See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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