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Directed by Basu Bhattacharya
Produced by Basu Bhattacharya
Screenplay by Basu Bhattacharya
Starring Sanjeev Kumar
Tanuja Samarth
Dinesh Thakur
A. K. Hangal
Music by Kanu Roy
Gulzar (lyrics)
Cinematography Nando Bhattacharya
Edited by S. Chakravarty
Release date
  • 12 November 1971 (1971-11-12)
Running time
139 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

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Anubhav (English: Experience; Hindi: अनुभव) is a 1971 Hindi film by noted director Basu Bhattacharya, which stars Sanjeev Kumar, Tanuja Samarth and Dinesh Thakur as leads. The film was the first part of Basu Battacharya's introspective trilogy on marital discord in an urban setting, which included Avishkaar (1973) and Griha Pravesh (1979); and went on to win the 1972 National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film and started a trend later picked even by the mainstream cinema.[1] The film also remembered for playback singer, Geeta Dutt's finest songs composed by music director Kanu Roy and lyrics like Gulzar, like Meri Jaan Mujhe Jaan Na Kaho, Koi Chupke Se Aake and Mera Dil Jo Mera Hota [2]


Meeta Sen (Tanuja) and Amar Sen (Sanjeev Kumar) have been married for several years. Due to Amar's hectic work schedule, the couple did not have children, as there was no time for intimacy. Meeta decides to take matters into her own hands, gets rid of the servants, save for Hari (A. K. Hangal), and decides to run the household on her own. This gets the couple to be closer, and eventually they do get intimate. And then Meeta's old flame Shashi Bhushan (Dinesh Thakur) not only re-enters Meeta's life, but also gets employed in the same organization as Amar, throwing their marriage again in jeopardy. One day while at home Amar and Shashi discuss their work and Amar tells that he'll join the office from tomorrow because he's fine now from his flu. While Shashi leaves, Amar sees him talking with his wife. The next day he asks Meeta to call for Shashi in an intimidating and arrogant tone, after Shashi leaves, Amar confronts Meeta and she explains their past relationship to him. Amar leaves the house without saying anything and asks Shashi to resign, though Shashi already has written his resignation letter because he sees himself as a reason of upheaval in their lives. Knowing this Amar says that' The past comes between us only when we aren't able to live the present completely'. After reaching home Amar tries to tell Meeta but she circumlocutes in an amusing manner and says that she has understood and tells him that she has understood that he has understood. The movie ends with them embracing each other.




The film is remembered for its memorable songs sung by Geeta Dutt and Manna Dey with music by Geeta Dutt’s brother, veteran music director, Kanu Roy and evocative lyrics by Gulzar.

Song Title Singers Time
"Koi Chupke Se Aake" Geeta Dutt 3:21
"Mera Dil Jo Mera Hota" Geeta Dutt 2:58
"Mujhe Jaan Na Kaho, Meri jaan"[3] Geeta Dutt 3:32
"Phir Kahin Koi Phool Khila" Manna Dey 3:16

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  1. ^ Gulzar; Nihalani, Govind; Chatterjee, Saibal (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema. (Encyclopædia Britannica (India) Pvt. Ltd), Popular Prakashan. p. 87. ISBN 81-7991-066-0. 
  2. ^ "All Time Greats: Geeta Dutt: Too short a lifespan for a nightingale". The Daily Star. 30 June 2005. 
  3. ^ Lyrics of Anubhav Archived 6 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.

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