Ittefaq (1969 film)

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Directed by Yash Chopra
Produced by B. R. Chopra
Written by Akhtar ul-Iman (dialogue)
Starring Rajesh Khanna
Madan Puri
Music by Salil Choudhury
Cinematography K.G
Release dates
Country India
Language Hindi

Ittefaq is a 1969 Hindi movie produced by B. R. Chopra and directed by his brother Yash Chopra. The film stars Rajesh Khanna, Nanda, Bindu, Madan Puri, Iftekhar and has music by Salil Choudhury. The film became a "semi-hit" at the box office.[1] It is a remake of the British film Signpost to Murder (1965) starring Joanne Woodward.[2] It was probably the second Bollywood film that did not have any songs in it. What was remarkable was that a previous production from the same production house i.e. B.R.Films, namely Kanoon, made in 1960 was also a song-less film and with the same leading lady Nanda. Another common feature of both Kanoon and 'Ittefaq' was that in both these song-less films Salil Chowdhary was the Music Director.[3]

Plot Summary[edit]

Dilip Roy (Rajesh Khanna) was a painter and married to a rich woman, Sushma . One day while he was passionately painting, his wife comes and asks him to come out with her. He rejects and in ensuring fight she destroys his painting. Dilip gets emotionally upset and throws her away saying that he would kill her and leaves the house. When he comes back, his wife was dead and police arrest him as prime suspect on testimony given by Renu (Bindu), his wife's sister who lives along with them. He claims that though he became enraged and can't remember well what happened, he didn't kill her

Later he was sent to psychological analysis on account of his erratic behavior during trial. There Dr. Trivedi, a psychologist examises him and decides to keep him in hospital for some more time. But on a stormy night Dilip escapes and ends up at Rekha's (Nanda) house. Rekha was a married woman staying in a rich neighborhood but her husband wasn't home at that time. Dilip holds her at gunpoint and demands her to hide his presence. She tries to call someone but fails. When police come enquiring, she was forced to hide the fact that Dilip was there. Later, after some talk, Dilip asks her apology and they talk like friends for some time.

Dilip, believing that Rekha wouldn't call police, sleeps for some time in the hall. But when he wakes up at midnight after hearing a sound, he couldn't find Rekha. He searches for her but finds a dead body of an young man instead in the bathroom. He demands Rekha about that body, but they couldn't find it where it was before. Rekha tells him that everything was his imagination, but he suspects that Rekha in hiding something.

Later, being sure of Rekha's coy, he calls police and tells them that he found Mr. Jagmohan (Rekha's husband) body in that house and Rekha has killed her husband. But Rekha says that her husband hasn't returned from Calcutta yet. After some discussion they find Jagmohan's body and suspect that Dilip has killed him. Moreover they find Dilip's shirt piece in Jagmohan's hands. Dilip tries to reason with them and suspects that one of the inspectors was helping Rekha. He proves the same with the help of cigarette lighter left by inspector at Rekha's house while he was helping Rekha to hide the body. Rekha admits everything and kills herself with a gun.At the same time Inspector Karwe finds with the help of jewelry at crime scene and finger printing that Renu was the real killer of Dilip's wife and acquits Dilip Roy.


Rajesh Khanna as Dilip Roy

Nanda as Rekha/Mrs. Jagmohan

Bindu as Ms. Renu, Dilip Roy's sister-in-law

Iftekhar as Inspector Karwe

Madan Puri as Public Prosecutor Khanna

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
1970 Yash Chopra Filmfare Best Director Award Won
M.A.Shaikh Filmfare Best Sound Award Won
Rajesh Khanna Filmfare Award for Best Actor Nominated
Nanda Filmfare Award for Best Actress Nominated
Bindu [4] Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated


  1. ^ "BoxOffice". BoxOffice Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  2. ^ " Movies running over moments". Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
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  4. ^ "1st Filmfare Awards 1953" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-18. 

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