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Gharonda (The Nest)
Directed byBhimsain Khurana
Produced byBhimsain Khurana
Written byGulzar,
Bhushan Banmali (dialogues)
Screenplay byGulzar
Story byDr. Shankar Shesh
StarringAmol Palekar
Zarina Wahab
Dr. Shreeram Lagoo
Narrated byGulzar
Music byJaidev
Gulzar (lyrics) & Naqsh Lyallpuri ( lyrics)
CinematographyApurba Kishore Bir
Binod Pradhan (asst.)
Edited byWaman B. Bhosle
Release date

Gharonda (Hindi: घरोंदा or "The Nest") is a 1977 Hindi film, produced and directed by Bhimsain Khurana. the film stars Amol Palekar, Zarina Wahab, Shreeram Lagoo and Jalal Agha. The music is by Jaidev.


Gharonda explores the lives of Sudip (Amol Palekar) and Chhaya (Zarina Wahab) who belong to the middle class in Mumbai and work in the same office. Chhaya is sharing a 1-room flat with her younger brother, her elder brother and sister-in law. Sudip has rented a room with 3 other men. Sudip and Chhaya plan to get married as soon as they have a house made for themselves. In this process, they save every penny to build a corpus for buying a house. They go house hunting looking for an abode which will suit their budgets. After finally investing in a flat in one building, they are all excited about their future. After a few months, the builder who is a fraud, absconds with their money. Sudip's roommate (played by Sadhu Mehar), who has also invested in the building, commits suicide. The building project is abandoned and all the money of investors goes down the drain. The couple is shocked and does not know how to react. They just cannot imagine having to start once again from scratch.

In the meantime, the owner of their firm Mr. Modi (Shriram Lagoo), starts taking an interest in Chhaya and eventually proposes to her. Modi is a rich, ageing widower who is also a heart patient. Chhaya is aghast at the proposal but Sudip sees a big opportunity in this. He tells her that since Modi is a heart patient, he is expected to die within a few months. After that, they can get married and their problems of house and wealth would be solved for ever. Chhaya is disillusioned with Sudip for even suggesting such a thing and with a lot of reluctance, accepts Modi's proposal, especially as it gives her a chance to get her brother settled.

Modi and Chhaya's married life starts awkwardly, but soon she takes on the role of a dutiful wife. Sudip keeps visiting her on some pretext and also to check on Modi's health. He is dismayed to find Modi in the pink of health. Modi, in fact, after marriage cheers up and this has a positive effect on his physical condition. Chhaya rebukes Sudip about his constant visits and they have a confrontation which is overheard by Modi. He gets a heart attack – an event which once again stirs hope in Sudip's heart. But Chhaya very patiently nurses Modi back to health and Sudip finally decides to go his own way.



  • Director : Bhimsen
  • Producer : Bhimsen
  • Editor : Waman B. Bhosle
  • Story : Dr. Shanker Shesh
  • Screenplay : Gulzar
  • Cinematographer : Binod Pradhan, A. K. Bir, D. G. Debudhar, Virendra Saini
  • Costume Designer : Shammi, Waheeda
  • Narrator : Gulzar
  • Music Director : Jaidev
  • Lyrics : Gulzar


All music is composed by Jaidev.

1."Ek Akela Is Shahar Mein"GulzarBhupinder Singh 
2."Do Deewane Shahar Mein"GulzarBhupinder Singh, Runa Laila 
3."Mujhe Pyar Tumse Nahi Hai"Naqsh LyallpuriRuna Laila 

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Cast/Crew member Status Notes
1978 Best Supporting Actor Shreeram Lagoo Won as Mr. Modi
Best Lyricist Gulzar Won for Do Deewane Shehar mein
Best Film Bhimsain Nominated for Climb Films
Best Director Bhimsain Nominated
Best Actress Zarina Wahab Nominated as Chaya
Best Story Dr. Shanker Shesh[1] Nominated


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