|Directed by||Yash Chopra|
|Produced by||B. R. Chopra|
|Written by||G.R. Kamath (story & screenplay) Akhtar-Ul-Iman (dialogues)|
|Music by||Salil Choudhury|
Ittefaq (English: Coincidence) is a 1969 Indian suspense thriller film produced by B. R. Chopra and directed by his brother Yash Chopra. The film stars Rajesh Khanna in the lead with Nanda, Bindu, Madan Puri and Iftekhar playing supporting roles and has music by Salil Choudhury. The film became a 'semi-hit' at the box office. The movie is a remake of 1965 American movie Signpost to Murder, which had earlier been adapted into a Gujarati drama Dhummas, starring Sarita Joshi.
It was the fourth Bollywood film (after Naujawan, Munna and Kanoon) that did not have any songs in it. What was remarkable was that a previous production from the same production house, i.e. B.R.Films, namely Kanoon, made in 1960, was also a song-less film and with the same leading lady Nanda. Another common feature of both Kanoon and Ittefaq was that in both these song-less films Salil Chowdhary was the Music Director. This film is counted among the 17 consecutive hit films starring Rajesh Khanna in lead role between 1969 and 1971, by including the two multi starrer films Marayada and Andaz to the 15 consecutive solo hits he gave from 1969 to 1971.
Dilip Roy (Rajesh Khanna) is a painter and is married to a rich woman, Sushma. One day while he is passionately painting, his wife comes and asks him to come out with her. He refuses and in the ensuing fight she destroys his painting. Dilip gets emotionally upset and pushes her away, saying that he would kill her and leaves the house. When he comes back, his wife is dead and the police arrest him as prime suspect on the testimony given by Renu (Bindu), his wife's sister who lives along with them. He claims that though he became enraged and can't remember well what happened, he didn't kill her.
Later, he was sent for psychological analysis on account of his erratic behavior during the trial. There, Dr. Trivedi (Gajanan Jagirdar), a psychologist examines him and decides to keep him in hospital for some more time. But on a stormy night, Dilip escapes and ends up at Rekha's (Nanda) house. Rekha was a married woman staying in a rich neighborhood, but her husband wasn't home at that time. Dilip holds her at gunpoint and demands her to hide him from police. She tries to call someone, but fails. When police come inquiring, she was forced to hide the fact that Dilip was there. Later, after some talk, Dilip asks her for forgiveness and they talk like friends for some time. He changes into other dress from his prison uniform.
Dilip, believing that Rekha wouldn't call the police, sleeps for some time in the hall. But when he wakes up at midnight after hearing a sound, he can't find Rekha. He searches for her, but finds a dead body of a young man in the bathroom. He demands an explanation from Rekha about the body, but they can't find it where it was before. Rekha tells him that everything was his imagination, but he suspects that Rekha is hiding something.
Later, after becoming sure of Rekha's deception, he calls the police and tells them that he found Mr. Jagmohan's (Rekha's husband) body in that house and that Rekha has killed her husband. But Rekha says that her husband hasn't returned from Calcutta yet. After some searching, they find Jagmohan's body outside and suspect that Dilip has killed him before entering the house. Moreover, they find Dilip's prisoner number cloth piece from his prison dress stuck with pin in Jagmohan's hands. Dilip tries to reason with them and suspects inspector Diwan (Sujit Kumar) is helping Rekha. He proves the same with the help of his cigarette lighter unconsciously taken by the inspector in one of his previous visit's to Rekha's house. Whereas the inspector had previously denied any such visit or acquaintance to Rekha. Seeing no other way out Rekha admits that she was having an affair with the inspector, her husband was murdered by them as he walked on them and saw them together. She kills herself with a gun in guilt and remorse. At the same time, Inspector Karwe (Iftekhar) finds, with the help of piece of Renu's bracelet at the crime scene in colour palette and fingerprinting, that Renu was the real killer of Dilip's wife and he clears Dilip Roy of murder charge.
- Rajesh Khanna as Dilip Roy
- Nanda as Rekha/Mrs. Jagmohan
- Bindu as Renu
- Iftekhar as Inspector Karwe
- Madan Puri as Public Prosecutor Khanna
- Sujit Kumar as Inspector Diwan
- Jagdish Raj as Inspector Khan
- Gajanan Jagirdar as Dr. Trivedi
- Shammi as Basanti
- Alka as Mrs. Roy
Awards and nominations
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1970||Yash Chopra||Filmfare Best Director Award||Won|
|M.A.Shaikh||Filmfare Best Sound Award||Won|
|Rajesh Khanna||Filmfare Award for Best Actor||Nominated|
|Nanda||Filmfare Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|Bindu||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
The film inspired the 2017 film with the same name starring Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha, and Akshaye Khanna. The film released on 3 November 2017.
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It's Rajesh Khanna's birth anniversary today. The legendary actor, the first superstar of Bollywood and the Kaka of B-Town passed away on July 18, 2012. As he leaves behind an epic legacy of films that make us cry, here's presenting Kaka's top 15 movies of all time.indiaUpdated: Aug 11, 2015 18:02 IST
It's Rajesh Khanna's birth anniversary today. The legendary actor, the first superstar of Bollywood and the Kaka of B-Town passed away on July 18, 2012.
As he leaves behind an epic legacy of films that make us cry, songs that we still hum today and will continue singing till the end of time and cinematic moments we all cherish.
Paired best with Sharmila Tagore and Mumtaz, Kaka has acted in more than 150 movies. Here is presenting Kaka's top 15 movies of all time.
Directed by Yash Chopra, this movie won critical acclaim for the acting and the plot. Rajesh Khanna, played by Dilip Roy, is a painter who is being tried for murdering his wife.
Paired with Sharmila Tagore and directed by Shakti Samanta, this movie was voted best film of the year by the Filmfare Awards. It gave us songs like Roop Tera Mastana and Mere Sapno Ki Rani.
Sachaa Jhutha (1970)
This movie was a box-office blockbuster and was directed by Manmohan Desai. The movie stars Rajesh Khanna as a simple villager, who has a look-alike who is a crook.
Haathi Mere Saathi (1971)
Haathi Mere Saathi was the biggest hit of 1971, going by box office collections and was a favourite with children in the early 1970s. The entertainer ranks high among the biggest ever hits of Rajesh Khanna's career, and was directed by M A Thirumugham.
Kati Patang (1971)
Paired with Asha Parekh in this one, Rajesh Khanna plays Kamal Sinha in the movie. The movie was directed by Shakti Samanta and was the second among the nine movies Samanta and Rakesh Khanna teamed in. The movie gave us superhit tracks like Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai, Yeh Shaam Mastani and Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai, Mastaana Hota Hai.
One of the most-loved movies of Kaka, starred Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles and Rajesh Khanna played the title role. Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the movie is about a cancer patient(Khanna) who believes in living his life to the fullest.
Amar Prem (1972)
The film was directed by Shakti Samanta, and is based on a story Nishipadma by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay and stars Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. The thought-provoking song Chingaari Koi Bhadke written by Anand Bakshi and sung by Kishore Kumar, is one of the highlights of this classic.
Paired with Mumtaz, this movie became a superhit at the box office. Rajesh Khanna played the lead of Surjit Singh.
Namak Haraam (1973)
Thw movie is the second Hrishikesh Mukherjee film with Rajesh Khanna after Anand. Diye Jalte Hai, Phool Khilte Hai, Nadiya se dariya, Dariye se sagar and Main Shayar Badnaam are the most memorable melodies, all rendered powerfully by Kishore Kumar and picturised on Rajesh Khanna.
Prem Nagar (1974)
The 1974 film produced by D. Ramanaidu and directed by K.S. Prakash Rao stars Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini in the lead roles.
Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar (1984)
Aaj Ka Ram Avtar MLA is a 1984 film starring starring Rajesh Khanna in the lead role. Ram Avtar, played by Rajesh Khanna, personally grooms Minister Digvijay Singh. When Digvijay's political party is in need of someone to stand in the forthcoming election, Digvijay recommends Ram Avtar as his choice.
Hum Dono is a 1985 Hindi film, starring Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini, and is directed by B.S. Glaad. The music is by R D Burman, and the songs are sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle.
First Published: Jul 18, 2012 14:44 IST