Anuradha (1960 film)

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Anuradhaa
Anuradha-albumcover.jpg
Album cover featuring Leela Naidu
Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Produced by Hrishikesh Mukherjee
L. B. Thakur
Screenplay by Shachin Bhowmick
Rajinder Singh Bedi
D. N. Mukherjee
Samir Chowdhary
Story by Sachin Bhowmick
Starring Balraj Sahni
Leela Naidu
Music by Pandit Ravi Shankar (composer)
Shailendra (lyricist)
Cinematography Jaywant Pathare
Edited by Das Dhaimade
Release date(s)
  • 1960 (1960)
Running time 141 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Anuradha (Hindi: अनुराधा; English: Love of Anuradha) is a 1960 Hindi-language film produced and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The film stars Balraj Sahni, Leela Naidu in lead roles along with Asit Sen and Mukri. The film is noted for being Miss India Naidu's debut film.

The film's music was composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar, in one of his rare forays into Hindi cinema.[1][2] The film was based on a short story written by Sachin Bhowmick, first published in the Bengali monthly magazine Desh and according to his autobiography, it was inspired by Madame Bovary, a novel by Gustave Flaubert.

The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film and was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 11th Berlin International Film Festival in 1961.

Plot[edit]

Anuradha Roy (Leela Naidu), a noted radio singer, dancer and daughter of a rich man, falls in love with an idealistic doctor, Dr. Nirmal Chowdhary (Balraj Sahni). She decides to marry him against her father's will. Nirmal, whose mother died of illness, has decided to serve the poor in the distant village of Nandagaon. He asks Anuradha to not follow the hardships his life has but to live the life her father plans. But she still insists to follow her love. She rejects the wedding proposal set by her father with the London-returned Deepak (Abhi Bhattacharya). Deepak wishes her well and promises her to help in future if she ever needs any.

After the marriage and a daughter, Anuradha realizes the gravity of the choice of living in a village. Taking care of the family, doing all household chores she quits singing, the singing that once was her life. After many years one day her father comes home to visit them and reconcile. Seeing her poor condition her father asks them to come and stay in the city with him. But due to his patients Nirmal rejects the offer and promises to move after sometime.

Deepak while travelling with his girlfriend meets a car accident and is hence rushed to Dr. Nirmal. Nirmal does successful plastic surgery on his girlfriend. Deepak gets to stay with Anuradha for some days and realizes her hardships. He requests her to leave Nirmal and move to city and pursue her passion for music. It is then she has to decide between her love for husband and music. The clinching moment is when Dr. Nirmal concedes to her desire to leave him and restart her life in the city. At this point she asks him: "Can't you ask him to go away? And never come back again?", indicating she has no plans to leave him (her husband).

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards
Berlin International Film Festival

Soundtrack[edit]

The film music department had a rare combination, sitar maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar, with lyricist, Shailendra.

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