Mere Apne (1971)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 14 mins

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Story of an old widow (Kumari) who becomes a silent witness to two violent eras in India’s history: the Partition riots and the criminal politics amid gang warfare in the 60s. Persuaded by an acquaintance to move from her tranquil village home to the city to look after their child, the old woman finds herself lost on the streets until she is offered shelter by Shyam (Khanna), a notorious gangster fighting with the leader of a rival gang (Sinha). The widow’s tales, and her maternal concern for Shyam’s criminal friends, make her an oasis of peace amid the prevailing violence. In the end she becomes the unintended victim of their violence, restoring peace in her death. The story is intercut with flashbacks of the widow’s oppressive marriage to a Nautanki performer (Verma) during the Partition riots which led to the death of her husband. Gulzar’s directorial debut adapted Sinha’s controversial Apanjan (1968), relocating the plot from its original Naxalite Bengal into a North Indian milieu. The film is held together mainly by Meena Kumari in what was, together with Pakeezah (1971), one of her last major screen performances.

Cast: Meena Kumari Bano, Shatrughan Sinha, Vinod Khanna

Crew: Gulzar Kalra (Director), K Vaikunth (Director of Photography), Salil Choudhury (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Family, Musical

Release Dates: 09 Nov 1971 (India)

Hindi Name: मेरे अपने

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
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Tracklist
01 
03:29
Music Director: Salil Choudhury
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
Playback Singer: Manna Dey
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03:28
Music Director: Salil Choudhury
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
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03:20
Music Director: Salil Choudhury
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
Playback Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
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