Silsila (1981)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 3 mins

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This is an exceptionally evocative tale about love, sacrifice, temptation and redemption. Shobha (Bhaduri) is in love with the air force officer Shekhar (Kapoor). Shekhar’s younger brother Amit (Bachchan) writes poetry, dreams and woos Chandni (Rekha). Shekhar dies in the war, leaving Shobha pregnant. Amit sacrifices his love for Chandni to marry Shobha and save her reputation. Chandni marries a doctor (Kumar) in the town where Amit and Shobha live. The ex-lovers meet in an accident in which Shobha loses her baby. Amit and Chandni have an affair while their marital partners suffer in silence. The lovers elope after a highly stylised confrontation between the two women (the two rivals standing back to back). Will temptation triumph the sanctity of marriage?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor

Crew: Yash Chopra (Director), Raju Kaygee (Director of Photography), Hariprasad Chaurasia (Music Director), Shiv Kumar Sharma (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 29 Jul 1981 (India)

Tagline: Love is faith... and faith is for ever

Hindi Name: सिलसिला

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Did you know? This is the only movie in which Shashi Kapoor is the Elder brother of Amitabh Bachchan. All their other movies in which they are brothers, Amitabh Bachchan is the elder one. Read More
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as Amit Malhotra
as Shobha Malhotra
as Sqdr. Leader Shekhar Malhotra
as Vidyarthi
as Inspector Kulbhushan
as Chandni
as Dr. V.K. Anand
as Shobha's mom
as Actress




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Feature Film
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24 fps
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2.35 : 1
Love is faith... and faith is for ever
Iconic filmmaker Yash Chopra considered this movie to be amongst his all-time favourites.

There were several cast changes for this movie. The original star cast was Amitabh Bachchan, Padmini Kolhapure and Parveen Babi. Then Smita Patil replaced Padmini Kolhapure before finalising with Jaya Bhaduri and Rekha, who had been recommended by Amitabh Bachchan.

The song "Neela Aasman" is actually based on a tune that Shammi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan composed together while shooting for Zameer (1975). During the making of Silsila (1981), Amitabh Bachchan called Shammi Kapoor to ask permission to use the tune. Shammi Kapoor had totally forgotten about it, and when reminded, he happily said: "Go ahead! Do whatever you want to with it!".

Amitabh Bachchan was deeply involved with the music of this film. This resulted in the Holi song "Rang Barse", which was sung by Amitabh Bachchan and composed by his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

Amitabh Bachchan and Lata Mangeshkar recorded their portions of "Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum" separately. Years later, when they were on friendly terms, they expressed their regret at having to do so when they could have gotten to know each other.

This is the only movie in which Shashi Kapoor is the Elder brother of Amitabh Bachchan. All their other movies in which they are brothers, Amitabh Bachchan is the elder one.

This was the last movie of Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha. As of 2009, they have not been paired, possibly because of their controversial affair in the late 70s/early 80s.