|Produced by||A.V. Subramaniam |
|Written by||Inder Raj Anand|
|Story by||Mullapudi Venkata Ramana|
|Cinematography||W.R. Subba Rao|
|Edited by||C. P. Jambulingam|
|Distributed by||Olympics Pictures|
|26 May 1972|
|Box office||est. ₹10 crore|
Apna Desh (transl. Our country) is a 1972 Indian Hindi-language drama film, produced by A.V. Subramaniam and T.M.Kittu and directed by Jambu. The film stars Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz, Om Prakash, Jagdeep, Mukkamala, Madan Puri and the credited Roja Ramani, who plays Rajesh Khanna's niece Sharda. The soundtrack is composed by R. D. Burman. The film was a commercial success.
The film is a remake of the 1969 Telugu film Kathanayakudu, starring N.T. Ramarao and Jayalalithaa, which was remade into Tamil as Nam Naadu, starring M. G. Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa. and was also the inspiration for the 2nd half of the 1991 Kannada movie Bharjari Gandu. The child chorus for the song "Rona Kanhi Nahi Rona" was done by Sandhya Pandit and Vijeyta Pandit, who are elder sisters of music directors Jatin-Lalit.
Akash is an honest and educated young man, employed by the Bombay Municipal Corporation as a clerk. He lives with his equally honest brother, his sister-in-law, a niece, Sharda and a nephew. Due to Akash's honesty, he becomes a liability to his corrupt superiors. One day, they find fault with his work, and dismiss him. When Akash attempts to assert himself legally, he finds that there is corruption everywhere. In retaliation, even his brother is implicated in a crime, and arrested. Now, Akash must come up with a way to clear his brother, as well as expose the wrong-doers.
- Rajesh Khanna as Akash Chandra
- Mumtaz as Chanda / Madame Popololita
- Om Prakash as Dharmadas
- Jagdeep as Shambhu / Ali Baba
- Kanhaiyalal as Sevaram
- Madan Puri as Satyanarayan
- Manmohan Krishna as Dinath Chandra
- Mukkamala as Mrs. Dinath Chandra
- Rajan Haksar
- Satyendra Kapoor
|1||"Duniya Mein Logon Ko"||R D Burman, Asha Bhosle|
|2||"Kajra Lagake Gajra Sajake"||Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar|
|3||"Ro Na Kabhi Nahin Rona"||Kishore Kumar, Vijeyta Pandit, Sandhya Pandit|
|4||"Sun Champa Sun Tara"||Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar|
|5||"Aaja O Mere Raja"||Asha Bhosle|
|6||"E Babu Lelo Na Narial"||Lata Mangeshkar|
- Mullapudi, Venkata Ramana (July 2013). Inkothi kommacchi (in Telugu) (6 ed.). Hyderabad: Varaprasad Reddy. pp. 29, 30.
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