Khushboo (1975 film)

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Movie Poster
Directed byGulzar
Produced byPrasan Kapoor
Jeetendra (presents)
Written byGulzar
(dialogues & lyrics)
Screenplay byGulzar
D.N. Mukherjee
Bhushan Banmali
Story byShri Sarat Chandra Chatterjee
Based onnovel "Panditmashai"
by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay
Hema Malini
Music byR.D. Burman
CinematographyK. Vaikunth
Edited byKhanti Bhai Pandya
Tirupati Pictures
Release date
  • 8 May 1975 (1975-05-08)
Running time
133 minutes

Khushboo (English: Aroma, Hindi: खुशबू, Urdu: خشبو‎) is a 1975 Hindi drama film, produced by Prasan Kapoor under the Tirupati Pictures banner, presented by Jeetendra and directed by Gulzar. It stars Jeetendra, Hema Malini and music composed by R. D. Burman. The film is based on the Bengali novel Panditmashai, by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay,[1] which was earlier filmed in Bengali in 1951 by Naresh Mitra. It was prolific year for Gulzar, with two more releases in the same year, Mausam and Aandhi. The haunting song "O Majhi Re" sung by Kishore Kumar, was famous both for lyrics and melody. A couple of other songs like "Do Naino Mein Aansoo Bhare Hain" and "Bechara Dil Kya Kare" were also very popular. It was praised as a beautiful film with good acting by Sharmila Tagore, Hema Malini, Asrani and Jeetendra.[1]


Kusum, as a child, gets married to Vrindavan in a small ceremony. After some time, her father dies in a riot and blame erroneously comes to Vrindavan's father. Due to this, Vrindavan's father rejects Kusum to be his daughter-in-law. Kusum, along with her brother and mother moves to a different village away from Vrindavan's family. Now they grow up and Kusum (Hema Malini) considers herself as the wife of Vrindavan and refuses to marry anyone else. Eventually, her mother dies and her brother Kunj (Asrani) stays single as he doesn't want to marry until he sends his sister to her in-laws. On the other side, Vrindavan's (Jeetendra) father dies and he becomes a doctor. Oblivious to Kusum's feelings, he goes on to marry another girl, Lakhi (Sharmila Tagore), who was also a victim of child marriage and has no one now. They have a son, Charan (Master Raju) and Lakhi dies after some time due to illness. He moves to his own village and starts a practice there. Once he happens to visit a wealthy patient in Kusum's village where Kusum recognizes him, though he fails to as he only knows her pet name, not real name. Gradually, they come closer and Vrindavan's mother is happy to accept Kusum as her daughter-in-law. But misunderstandings develop because Kusum considers them insensitive as they not only forgot what they had done to her family, but also take her for granted now. But Vrindavan, having a soft corner for her still wishes that she would come to him. Kusum grows close to his son Charan and keeps him with her during endemic in Vrindavan's village. Finally, Vrindavan and Kusum are able to overcome egoistic barriers and unite with the blessings of her brother, Vrindavan's mother and little Charan.



The music of the film was by R. D. Burman, and the lyrics were by Gulzar.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Do Nainon Mein Ansoo Bhare Hai" Lata Mangeshkar
2 "Ghar Jayegi Tar Jayegi" Asha Bhosle
3 "O Majhi Re Apna Kinara" Kishore Kumar
4 "Bechara Dil Kya Kare" Asha Bhosle


  1. ^ a b "Blast From The Past: Khushboo (1975)". The Hindu. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.

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