Kati Patang theatrical poster
|Directed by||Shakti Samanta|
|Produced by||Shakti Samanta|
|Written by||Vrajendra Gaur
|Music by||Rahul Dev Burman|
|Cinematography||V. Gopi Krishna|
|Editing by||Govind Dalwadi|
|Distributed by||Shakti Films
Asian Television Network
|Release dates||1970 |
Kati Patang is an 1970 Indian Hindi movie produced and directed by Shakti Samanta. It was a box office success. 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).
Madhavi (Asha Parekh) is an orphan living with her maternal uncle, who arranges her marriage with someone she does not know, so she runs away to her lover, Kailash (Prem Chopra), only to find him in the arms of another woman, Shabnam (Bindu). She returns to her maternal uncle, only to find him dead. She then runs away from there, and meets with a friend Poonam, who is a widow and her child at a railway station. The three travel together by train to meet Poonam's in-laws, who have never seen her. Unfortunately, the train meets with an accident, killing the widow, who leaves the child in Madhavi's care. Madhavi assumes the identity of the dead woman, Poonam, and travels along with the child to her in-laws. She is welcomed with open arms. She finds out that her uncle had arranged her marriage with Kamal Sinha (Rajesh Khanna). Kamal is angry and bitter at the manner his to-be wife treated him, even without knowing him. Kamal is attracted to Poonam, but she tries to distance herself, fearing that he will find out the truth about her. Then Shabnam and Kailash re-enter her life, making her look like an imposter, turning her in-laws against her, and turning Kamal's love into resentment.
- Asha Parekh as Madhuri 'Madhu' / Poonam
- Rajesh Khanna as Kamal Sinha
- Prem Chopra as Kailash
- Bindu as Shabnam 'Shaboo'
- Nasir Hussain as Diwan Dinanath
- Sulochana Latkar as Mrs. Dinanath
- Satyen Kappu as Dr. Kashinath
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. 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").
|"Yeh Shaam Mastani"||Kishore Kumar||Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh||4:07|
|"Pyar Deewana Hota Hai"||Kishore Kumar||Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh||4:30|
|"Mera Naam Hai Shabnam"||Asha Bhosle||Bindu||3:05|
|"Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai"||Kishore Kumar||Rajesh Khanna||3:36|
|"Jis Gali Mein Tera Ghar"||Mukesh||Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh||3:40|
|"Na Koi Umang Hai"||Lata Mangeshkar||Asha Parekh||3:07|
|"Aaj Na Chodenge"||Kishore Kumar||Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh||4:55|
The film was a "hit" and the sixth highest earning Bollywood film of 1970, and together with Aradhana (1969), and Amar Prem (1972), Samanta went on to have a hattrick of hits with Rajesh Khanna.
Awards and nominations
- 1972 Filmfare Award
- Filmfare Best Actress Award: Asha Parekh
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Director(Shakti Samanta)
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Actor (Rajesh Khanna)
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Story (Gulshan Nanda)
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Lyrics (Anand Bakshi for the song "Na Koi Umang Hai")
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Male Playback Singer (Kishore Kumar for the song "Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai")
- "Shabnam Still Gets Fan Mail". Indian Express. Dec 04 2010. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- BoxOffice India.com
- That Old Feeling: Fear Noir - TIME
- Great Gambler
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- "Noted filmmaker Shakti Samanta passes away". The Times of India. Apr 10, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2013. "smash hits, 'Kati Patang' (1970) and 'Amar Prem' (1971)."
- 1st Filmfare Awards 1953