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Directed by Gulzar
Produced by Romu N.Sippy
Raj N.Sippy
Written by Gulzar
Starring Sanjeev Kumar
Jaya Bhaduri
Music by Madan Mohan
Cinematography K. Vaikunth
Edited by Waman B. Bhosle
Gurudutt Shirali
Release date
December 1, 1972
Running time
125 min
Country India
Language Hindi

Koshish (Hindi: कोशिश, translation Effort) is a 1972 Hindi movie starring Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri, and directed by Gulzar.

Koshish is considered a landmark movie in the history of Indian cinema. It stars Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri. The movie depicts a deaf and mute couple and their conflicts, pain and struggle to carve out a niche for themselves in a desensitized society. It is a remake of the Japanese film Happiness of Us Alone (1961).[1] The film was later remade in Tamil as Uyarndhavargal in 1977 with Kamal Haasan and Sujatha.


The movie is a lesson on how to live life, taking up the lives of Hari (Sanjeev Kumar) and Aarthi (Jaya Bhaduri) who are deaf and mute. They meet, fall in love, get married, have a child who they bring up to be well educated and who gets married to a girl similar to his parents. All they have to help them is their hope, confidence and some kindness in the society along with Uncle Narayan who is blind. Tragedy strikes their lives as well when they lose their first child thanks to Kanu's greed. But they never give up hope on life and not in one instance during the entire movie do they think about ending it. They live life, fight it and succeed in it at a bigger scale than any normal person.



No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Soja Baba Mere" Mohammad Rafi  
2. "Humse Hai Watan Hamara" Sushma Shreshta  

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1973 National Film Awards Best Screenplay Gulzar Won
1973 National Film Awards Best Actor Sanjeev Kumar Won
1974 Filmfare Awards Best Actor Sanjeev Kumar Nominated
1974 Filmfare Awards Best Actress Jaya Bhaduri Nominated


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