Kati Patang

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Kati Patang
Kati Patang theatrical poster
Directed by Shakti Samanta
Produced by Shakti Samanta
Written by Vrajendra Gaur
Gulshan Nanda
Starring Rajesh Khanna
Asha Parekh
Prem Chopra
Nazir Hussain
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Cinematography V. Gopi Krishna
Edited by Govind Dalwadi
Naini Lake
Nainital Club
Natraj Studios
Distributed by Shakti Films
United Producers
Asian Television Network
Release dates
29 January 1971[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office INR3,80,00,000[2]

Kati Patang is an 1970 Indian Hindi movie produced and directed by Shakti Samanta. It was a box office success.[2] The Hindi title of the film translates as "Cut Kite", a kite whose cord has been cut and is therefore drifting. The film stars Asha Parekh as a woman pretending to be a widow, and her ensuing trials and tribulations. The story, written by Gulshan Nanda, is based on the novel I Married a Dead Man, by Cornell Woolrich and had been previously made into a picture titled No Man of Her Own (1950) starring Barbara Stanwyck. The novel was also later filmed in French as J'ai épousé une ombre (I Married a Shadow) (1983), and by Hollywood as Mrs. Winterbourne (1996).[1][3]

The movie also stars Nasir Hussain, Bindu, Prem Chopra and Rajesh Khanna. The film was the second in a string of nine movies in which Samanta and Khanna collaborated.

The film was remade in Telugu as Punnami Chandrudu with Sobhan Babu.


Madhavi (Asha Parekh) is an orphan living with her maternal uncle, who arranges her marriage with someone she does not know. Blinded in love with Kailash (Prem Chopra), she runs away from the marriage procession. She discovers Kailash in the arms of Shabnam (Bindu). Heartbroken and dejected, she returns to her uncle, who committed suicide from the setback. Madhavi realizes that she has no one in life. So she decides to leave town and head somewhere. She meets her childhood friend Poonam (uncredited) who tells her about her husband's untimely demise in an accident and she is on her way, along with her baby boy Munna, to stay with her in-laws whom she's never met before. Poonam manages to compel Madhavi to accompany her as her plight is pitiful.

En route Poonam and Madhavi chit-chat until the train derails. Madhu and Poonam end up in a Government hospital. Poonam has lost her limbs. She knows that time is up, so takes an oath from Madhu that she will assume Poonam's identity, bring Munna up and continue for her in-law's house. Madhu had no choice but to obey. On the way, the cabbie attempts to rob her until Kamal (Rajesh Khanna), the forest ranger rescues her and gives her shelter until the skies are clear the next day. She soon learns that Kamal is the very man she was about to marry.

Ashamed, she leaves Kamal's home and reaches Poonam's in-laws. Her father-in-law, Dinanath (Nazir Hussain) and mother-in-law (Sulochana) accept her and let her stay there. Kamal keeps visiting the house as he was the son of Dinanath's best friend. As he keeps visiting, he realizes that he is in love with Poonam.

But 'Madhavi's' jinxed fate has brought Kailash to Dinanath's house. He is after their money and is very close to reveal Madhavi's identity. To be successful, he impresses all the members of the house but Poonam takes a resentment to him. Dinanath soon realizes Poonam's true identity and asks for the truth. When he realizes what the matter really is, he accepts Madhavi and makes her the guardian of the Dinanath property which will be inherited by Munna. Before the new dawn would rise, Dinanath is poisoned by Kailash, which he mixes in his milk. Mrs. Dinanath accuses Poonam for what has happened and she is jailed.

Now Shabnam enters the life of the Dinanaths claiming that she is the real Poonam. Mrs. Dinanath in rage sends her away and is ready for no story. Kamal takes a dislike towards Madhu, learning the truth. And soon he realizes what the truth is and gets Shabnam and Kailash arrested for their evil intentions and Madhavi is freed. When Kamal searches for Madhu, he realizes that she has left without any notice and left a letter for Kamal, stating that she is committing suicide.

Kamal starts searching for her and finds her trying to jump from a cliff, stops her by singing a song. They hug - The end


Shakti Samanta has said that he cast Asha Parekh, because he was "confident" that he could extract a "convincing performance from her." He had cast her in his earlier film, the underrated Pagla Kahin Ka.[4] She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award, the only win for the film.


The music was composed by Rahul Dev Burman, and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi. Kishore Kumar sang four solos for Rajesh Khanna, while Mukesh got to sing a number for the latter - a rare combination. Asha Bhosle performed "Mera Naam Hai Shabnam" in the talk-sung style of Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady (and thus often incorrectly dubbed "the first Hindi rap number").


Track Song Singer(s) Picturized on Duration
1 "Yeh Shaam Mastani" Kishore Kumar Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh 4:07
2 "Pyar Deewana Hota Hai" Kishore Kumar Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh 4:30
3 "Mera Naam Hai Shabnam" Asha Bhosle Bindu 3:05
4 "Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai" Kishore Kumar Rajesh Khanna 3:36
5 "Jis Gali Mein Tera Ghar" Mukesh Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh 3:40
6 "Na Koi Umang Hai" Lata Mangeshkar Asha Parekh 3:07
7 "Aaj Na Chodenge" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh 4:55

Box office[edit]

The film was successful,[5] and it became the sixth highest earning Bollywood film of 1970.[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

1972 Filmfare Awards


  1. ^ a b "Shabnam Still Gets Fan Mail". Indian Express. Dec 4, 2010. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b BoxOffice India.com
  3. ^ "That Old Feeling: Fear Noir - TIME". [dead link]
  4. ^ Great Gambler
  5. ^ "Noted filmmaker Shakti Samanta passes away". The Times of India. Apr 10, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Box Office India 1970
  7. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953


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