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|Directed by||Raj Khosla|
|Written by||G.R. Kamath (screenplay)
|Music by||Madan Mohan|
|Edited by||Das Dhaimad|
|Box office||₹ 4,50,00,000|
Mera Saaya (Hindi: मेरा साया; Urdu: میرا سایا; translation: My Shadow) is a 1966 Indian Hindi film directed by Raj Khosla. The film was a remake of Marathi film called Pathlaag (Chase). The film's music is by Madan Mohan and lyrics by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan. The film stars Sunil Dutt and Sadhana. This is director Raj Khosla's third film with Sadhana after Ek Musafir Ek Hasina(1963) and Woh Kaun Thi? (1964). The film became a "superhit" at the box office, taking the third spot on the highest grossing film of 1966 in India.
Thakur Rakesh Singh (Sunil Dutt) is married to a beautiful woman named Geeta (Sadhana). Geeta falls ill when Rakesh is abroad, prompting him to return. But he returns only to see Geeta dying in his arms, resulting in him going in a state of depression. Some time later, a criminal named Raina/Nisha (Sadhana in double role), who is the wife of dacoit Ranjit Singh (Prem Chopra), gets arrested along with her gang. But to everybody's astonishment, she claims that she is the dead Geeta.
Rakesh goes to see her and finds that Raina indeed looks like Geeta, but he is unable to believe her, as he had cremated Geeta with his own hands.But Nisha insists that she is the Thakur's wife, Geeta. But after some time a courtroom drama ensues. Thakur Rakesh Singh cross-investigates her as a lawyer, and Raina tells him all the things only Geeta could have known. She even divulges some intimate details about him that only a wife could know. Thakur Rakesh Singh is astonished and perplexed but he does not give in. Raina's claims seem to be genuine, until Rakesh asks her about a diary of Geeta, which is missing. Raina is unable to disclose the location of the diary, which was known only to Geeta and Rakesh. Fully convinced that Geeta is indeed dead and Raina is an impostor, Rakesh has her convicted. As a result of this trauma, she loses her mental balance and ends up in a mental asylum. That same night, somebody breaks into Rakesh's household. Rakesh is ready, as he has assumed that Ranjit will come to his home to kill him. Police are already in the hiding to arrest Ranjit. At the same time Raina/Nisha comes to Rakesh's house.What is the reason behind her arrival and what will be Ranjit's next step?
- Sunil Dutt as Thakur Rakesh Singh
- Sadhana as Geeta/Raina(aka Nisha)
- K.N. Singh as Prosecuting Lawyer
- Anwar Hussain as Inspector Daljit
- Prem Chopra as Daku Suryavar Singh/Ranjit Singh
The music for the film is composed by Madan Mohan. The song "Nainon Mein Badra Chhaaye" sung by Lata Mangeshkar has a rendition of Sitar and won Madan Mohan the "Sur Singar" Award for the best classical song for the year 1966. The haunting title song "Tu Jahaan Jahaan Chalegaa, Mera Saaya Saath Hoga" appears twice in the film. Asha Bhosle's song "Jhumkaa Gira Re" also became very popular.
All lyrics were written by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.
|1.||"Tu Jahaan Jahaan Chalegaa Mera Saaya Saath Hoga"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|2.||"Jhumka Gira Re, Bareli Ke Bazaar Mein"||Asha Bhosle|
|3.||"Nainon Mein Badra Chhaye"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|4.||"Aap Ke Pehloo Mein Aakar Roh Diye"||Mohammad Rafi|
|5.||"Nainonwali Ne Haye Mera Dil Loota"||Lata Mangeshkar|
- "Box office 1966". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2 Feb 2012.