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Directed by Mani Kaul
Produced by Film Finance Corporation (NFDC)
National Music Dance Centre
Screenplay by Mani Kaul
Based on Duvidha by Vijayadan Detha
Starring Ravi Menon
Raisa Padamsee
Cinematography Navroz Contractor
Edited by Ravi Patnaik
Release date
Running time
84 min.
Country India
Language Hindi

Duvidha is a 1973 ghost movie directed by Mani Kaul. The film stars Ravi Menon and Raisa Padamsee in lead roles. The film was critically acclaimed and won the director National Film Award for Best Direction[1] and Critics Award for Best film at the 1974 Filmfare Awards.[2]


The film is set in rural Rajasthan. It is based on a story by Vijayadan Detha, which relates a popular folktale from Rajasthan about a merchant’s son, Krishanlal (Ravi Menon), whose relationship with his young bride, Lachhi (Raisa Padamsee), is thwarted by his work and a ghost who falls in love with her, resulting in the ghost soon impersonating the husband.[3]



The film was extensively shot in Borunda village, in Tehsil Bilara, Jodhpur district, the village of the author Vijay Dan Detha' Bijji.[3]


The music of film was given by folk musicians of Rajasthan, Ramzan Hammu, Latif and Saki Khan.[4]


The Amol Palekar movie, Paheli, released in 2005, is also based on the same story. Another similar work is 'Nagamandala' (Kannada), directed by T.S. Nagabharana based on a play by Girish Karnad.


  1. ^ "21st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 2,32. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Filmmaker Mani Kaul dead". The Hindu. 6 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Profile". upperstall.com. 
  4. ^ "Duvidha". Cinemas of India. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 

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