Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973 film)

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Aa Gale Lag Jaa
Directed by Manmohan Desai
Produced by A.K. Nadiadwala
Written by Smt. Jeevanprabha M. Desai
K.B. Pathak
Prayag Raj
Starring Shashi Kapoor
Sharmila Tagore
Shatrughan Sinha
Om Prakash
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Cinematography Peter Pereira
Edited by Kamlakar Kamkhanis
Distributed by A.K. Movies
Release dates
6 November 1973
Running time
149 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Aa Gale Lag Jaa (English: Come, Embrace me) is a 1973 Hindi romantic film directed by Manmohan Desai based on a story by Smt. Jeevanprabha M. Desai. It stars Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore and Shatrughan Sinha. The film became a box office hit.[1]

Sushma Shreshta received a Filmfare nomination as Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Tera Mujhse Hai." Her nomination is the only Filmfare nomination for the film.[2] Aa Gale Lag Jaa is noted for its wonderful hit songs which had music by R.D. Burman with lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi.

The film was remade in Telugu as Manchi Manushulu and in Tamil as Uthaman.


Preeti is a wealthy young medical student living in Mumbai with her widower father, Heerachand. While on a trip to Simla, she meets and falls in love with Prem; they get intimate with each other. Prem asks Heerachand for his daughter's hand in marriage. Preeti's father refuses, on the ground that the hard-up Prem is not worthy of her. Prem leaves Preeti a note, explaining that her father refused the alliance and that he is heading to meet his mother, who is very sick. Heerachand gets hold of the letter before Preeti. He changes the letter with a fake one that says Prem is going away because Heerachand has refused to provide any monetary compensation.

Years later, Prem and Preeti are fated to meet again. This time, Prem is accompanied by a handicapped boy, Rahul, while Preeti is about to get engaged to Dr. Amar. It is revealed that Rahul is Prem's and Preeti's son. Prem has come to Dr. Amar for Rahul's treatment. Preeti was pregnant when her father sent Prem away. She gave birth to a baby, but her father told her that it was still-born. Prem took his son and promised Heerachand that he would never tell Preeti about the child. Dr. Amar treats Rahul as Preeti tries to hide her past from Dr. Amar. Preeti learns the truth about Rahul's birth and confronts her father, who confesses and asks her forgiveness while Rahul is united with his parents.


Actor/Actress Role
Shashi Kapoor Prem
Sharmila Tagore Preeti
Shatrughan Sinha Dr. Amar
Om Prakash Heera Chand
Jagdeep Jaggi
Shubha Khote Nurse Julie
Gajanan Jagirdar Dr. Saxena
Sulochana Latkar Prem's mother
Roohi Berde Tikki
Yogesh Khandelwal
Hari Kapoor
Master Tito Rahul



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