Aradhana (1969)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 50 mins

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The musical romance about non-family- sanctioned sex that established Khanna as a major star backed by the singing voice of Kishore Kumar and Burman’s music. The film helped set the pattern for 70s entertainment cinema. Arun (Khanna), an Air Force officer, secretly marries Vandana (Tagore) who bears him a son. Arun dies in an air crash. Vandana is rejected by Arun’s family as his legal wife. To safeguard her son’s honour, she decides to let him be adopted by a childless couple while making sure she is responsible for raising the child by becoming his nanny. She devotes the rest of her life to raising her son to become an air force pilot like his father. Khanna plays both father and son. Remembered mainly for its music with e.g. Mere sapnon ki rani and Kora Kaagaz. The film’s best-known song, Roop tera mastana (sung by Kishore Kumar), was picturised in a single 4’ take deploying the conventional cloudburst as a metaphor for sex as the drenched heroine, clad only in a blanket, succumbs to the hero’s advances after a sexual encounter in the next room has been shown in silhouette. This sequence was for years presented to students of Indian film schools as the definitive example of mise en scene.

Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore

Crew: Shakti Samanta (Director), Aloke Dasgupta (Director of Photography), Sachin Dev Burman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 24 Oct 1969 (India)

Hindi Name: आराधना

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Did you know? During the scene of Sharmila Tagore's son Suraj's entry, (played again by Rajesh Khanna,) the person who plays Prakash, (Suraj's friend,) is actually the famous Bollywood director Subhash Ghai. Read More
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as Arun
as Vandhana Tripathi
as Ram Prasad Saxena
as Sitaram
as Prosecuting lawyer
as The Inn Keeper
as Renu
as Arun's Aunt
as Prison Warden
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as House servant
as Madan Verma
as Orphanage director

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
Music Label: Saregama India Limited
01 
05:45
Music Director: Sachin Dev Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Sachin Dev Burman
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03:43
Music Director: Sachin Dev Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
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04:03
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05:40
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03:42
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04:55
Music Director: Sachin Dev Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
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03:45
Music Director: Sachin Dev Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
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03:52
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04:02
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04:03
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05:00
Music Director: Sachin Dev Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
Trivia:
During the scene of Sharmila Tagore's son Suraj's entry, (played again by Rajesh Khanna,) the person who plays Prakash, (Suraj's friend,) is actually the famous Bollywood director Subhash Ghai.

Sharmila Tagore....is one Indian film actress who was very successful in mainstream commercial cinema after having kids. Se was pregnant with Saif Ali Khan when she went on the stage to get her best actress award for Aradhana.

First film of hit pair Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore.

When Shakti Samanta was shooting the song Mere Sapno Ki Rani, he couldn't get combined dates from Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. Sharmila Tagore couldn't make it to Darjeeling and so only Rajesh Khanna's portions were shot, showing him driving the jeep across the hills. Sharmila Tagore's footage was separately shot in Mumbai where a train set was erected in a studio. The two footages were later edited together to appear as if in the same frame.

Aradhana is first Hindi Film to run successfully more than 100 days , with four shows a day, in non-Hindi speaking areas of northeastern states of India and 4 southern Indian states.Aradhana ran for 3 years in theaters across southern India as well and was a platinum jubilee hit across India.

In the song sequence 'Mere Sapon ki Rani', Sharmila Tagore is seen reading a book while seated in the train. The book's name is When Eight Bells toll, a thriller novel written by Alistair Maclean published in the year 1966.

Aparna Sen was offered the role as Rajesh Khanna's mother, but refused.
Movie Connection(s):
Featured in: Dil Daulat Duniya (Hindi)
Referenced in: Special 26 (Hindi)
Referenced in: Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (Hindi)
Referenced in: American Desi (English)
Referenced in: Nagara Haavu (Kannada)
Remade as: Sivakamyin Selvan (Tamil)
Remade as: Kannavaari Kalalu (Telugu)