- Aradhana (1969 film)
| director =
Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Farida Jalal,Sujit Kumar
Sachin Dev Burman
cinematography = Alok Dasgupta
November 07, 1969
runtime =169 mins
imdb_id =0065416 |
"Aradhana" (Worship) is a 1969
Bollywoodfilm starring Sharmila Tagoreand Rajesh Khanna. It is a remake of the Hollywoodfilm To Each His Own, a 1946 movie. [ [http://imdb.com/title/tt0039040/movieconnections To Each His Own (1946) - Movie connections ] ] It was voted best film of the year by the " Filmfare Awards". Sharmila Tagorewould win the Filmfare Best Actress Awardfor the same role that won Olivia de Havillandher first Academy Award for Best Actress.
"Aradhana"'s success gave way to two remakes, both starring
Vanisriin Sharmila Tagore's role: the Tamil film Sivahamiyiri Selvan(1974) [ [http://www.sundaytimes.lk/980222/mirror2.html The Sunday Times On The Web - Mirror Magazine ] ] and the Telugu film Kannavari Kalalu(1974).
The story opens against the backdrop of idyllic hilly terrain with airforce officer Arun (Rajesh Khanna) crooning "
Mere sapno ki rani" atop an open jeep, while Vandana (Sharmila Tagore) demurely sneaks glances at him from a mini train. After a brief romance, they have a secret wedding.
Soon afterwards, Arun dies in an air crash leaving behind a heartbroken and pregnant Vandana. His family refuses to accept the unwed mother-to-be since her marriage with Arun is never formalised. Vandana is finally forced to let a childless couple adopt her newborn son, Suraj. But determined to be a part of his life, she accepts the responsibility of becoming his nanny.
Sharmila Tagore... Vandhana Tripathi
Rajesh Khanna... Arun / Suraj Prasad Saxena
Sujit Kumar... Madan Verma
Pahadi Sanyal... Gopal Tripathi
Anita Dutt... Mrs. Prasad Saxena
Abhi Bhattacharya... Ram Prasad Saxena
Madan Puri... Prison Warden
Asit Sen... Sitaram
Farida Jalal... Renu
Subhash Ghai... Prakash
Dulari... Lady Doctor
Filmfare Best Movie Award: Shakti Samanta
Filmfare Best Actress Award: Sharmila Tagore
Filmfare Best Male Playback Award: Kishore Kumarfor the song "Roop tera mastana".
* In the film "Parineeta", Sharmila Tagore's son,
Saif Ali Khanrides on the same train Tagore rides on in "Aradhana". [http://in.rediff.com/movies/2004/dec/23saif.htm] .
* [http://inhome.rediff.com/movies/2000/oct/31burman.htm The Aradhna Syndrome]
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