Kora Kagaz

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Kora Kagaz
Film poster
Directed byAnil Ganguly
Written byM.G. Hashmat (dialogue)
Screenplay bySurendra Shailaj
Story byAshutosh Mukherjee
Based onSaat Paake Bandha
by Ashutosh Mukherjee
Produced bySanat Kothari
StarringVijay Anand
Jaya Bachchan
CinematographyBipin Gajjar
Edited byWaman Bhonsle
Gurudutt Shirali
Music byKalyanji-Anandji
Shreeji Films
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 10 May 1974 (1974-05-10)

Kora Kagaz ( translation: Blank Paper) is a 1974 Indian Hindi-language drama film produced by Sanath Kothari and directed by Anil Ganguly. The film stars Vijay Anand, Jaya Bhaduri, A.K. Hangal, Achala Sachdev and Deven Verma. The film's music is by Kalyanji Anandji. The famous title song "Mera Jeevan Kora Kagaz" (loosely translated as: "My life is a blank paper") was rendered by Kishore Kumar.

At the 22nd National Film Awards, it won the award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, while Lata Mangeshkar won the award for Best Female Playback Singer.

The film is a remake of the 1963 Bengali film Saat Pake Bandha directed by Ajoy Kar, and starring Suchitra Sen[1] which itself was based on the story of the same name by Ashutosh Mukhopadhyay.[2] Kora Kagaz is remade in Malayalam as "Archana Teacher", released in 1981.


Professor Sukesh Dutt (Vijay Anand) and Archana Gupta (Jaya Bachchan) meet each other in a chance encounter while traveling by BEST bus service in Mumbai. Archana's father likes Sukesh and both Archana and Sukesh also get attracted to each other and get married. Archana's mother does not like Sukesh due to his modest income. She makes up stories about their affluence, which offends Sukesh. She interferes in their life and buys things for them. It bruises his ego. All these things result in acrimony between Archana and Sukesh, and they decide to separate. Archana goes to live with her parents, while Sukesh relocates. Archana's family asks her to forget Sukesh, and remarry, which Archana finds difficult since she still has feelings for Sukesh. She goes to a far off place to work as teacher to find solace. One day Sukesh and Archana meet in a railway waiting room by chance. There they resolve their misunderstandings and grievances. They reunite to live happily thereafter.



All lyrics written by M. G. Hashmat.

Song Title Singers Length
"Mera Jeevan Kora Kagaz" Kishore Kumar 3:35
"Mera Padhne Mein Nahin Lage Dil" Lata Mangeshkar 3:01
"Roothe Roothe Piya" Lata Mangeshkar 3:22

Awards and nominations[edit]

National Film Awards:

22nd Filmfare Awards:



BFJA Awards:

  • Kalyanji Anandji – Best Music Directors in Hindi film section
  • M.G.Hashmat – Best Lyricist in Hindi film section[5]
  • Lata Mangeshkar – Best Female Playback Singer in Hindi film section
  • Kishore Kumar – Best Male Playback Singer in Hindi film section


  1. ^ "10 Old and Gold Bengali Movies Which Inspired Bollywood to Remake". 25 July 2016.
  2. ^ Gulazar; Nihalani, Govind; Chatterjee, Saibal (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Popular Prakashan. p. 431. ISBN 978-81-7991-066-5.
  3. ^ a b "22nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  4. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
  5. ^ 69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007 Archived 1 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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