Khushboo (1975 film)

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Movie Poster
Directed by Gulzar
Produced by Prasan Kapoor
Jeetendra (presents)
Written by Gulzar
(dialogues & lyrics)
Screenplay by Gulzar
D.N. Mukherjee
Bhushan Banmali
Story by Shri Sarat Chandra Chatterjee
Based on novel "Panditmashai"
by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay
Starring Jeetendra
Hema Malini
Music by R.D. Burman
Cinematography K. Vaikunth
Edited by Khanti Bhai Pandya
Tirupati Pictures
Release date
  • 1975 (1975)
Running time
133 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Khushboo (English: Aroma, Hindi: खुशबू , Urdu: خوشبو‎) is a 1975 Hindi drama film produced by Prasan Kapoor on Tirupati Pictures banner and directed by Gulzar, who had a prolific year, with two more releases in the same year, Mausam and Aandhi. It was based on the Bengali novel "Panditmashai" by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay,[1] which was earlier filmed in Bengali in 1951 by Naresh Mitra. The film stars Jeetendra, Hema Malini, Asrani, Farida Jalal, Sarika and Sharmila Tagore. The film's music composed by R. D. Burman, with lyrics of Gulzar. 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 his brother and mother, moves to different village away from Vrindavan's family. Now they grow up and Kusum (Hema Malini) considers herself as the wife of Vrindavan and rejects to marry anyone else. Eventually her mother dies and her brother Kunj (Asrani) stays single as he don't want to marry till he send his sister to 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 had a son Charan (Master Raju) and Lakhi dies after some time due to illness. He moves to his own village and starts 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 daughter-in-law. But misunderstandings develop because Kusum considers them insensitive as they not only forgot what they have done to her family but also takes her for granted now. But Vrindavan, having 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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