Mamta (1966 film)

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DVD cover
Directed by Asit Sen
Produced by Charu Chitra
Written by Krishan Chander (dialogues)[1]
Story by Nihar Ranjan Gupta
Based on Uttar Falguni
Starring Suchitra Sen
Ashok Kumar
Music by Roshan (composition)
Majrooh Sultanpuri (lyrics)
Cinematography Anil Gupta
Edited by Tarun Dutta
Distributed by Chhayabani
Release date
Running time
160 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi[2][3]

Mamta is a 1966 Indian Hindi-language drama film, directed by Asit Sen, written by Nihar Ranjan Gupta and Krishan Chander,[1] and with music composed by Roshan and written by Majrooh Sultanpuri.[4] The movie starred Suchitra Sen, Ashok Kumar and Dharmendra. The film about middle class fears and class conflict, has lead actress Suchitra Sen in a double role. The film is also noted for its music by Roshan and lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri, in songs like, Rahen Na Rahen Hum sung by Lata Mangeshkar and her hit duet, Chuppa Lo Yun Dil Mein Pyar Mera with Hemant Kumar.[5]

The film was a remake of Asit Sen's own earlier Bengali film, Uttar Falguni, also starring Suchitra Sen which was also later remade in Tamil in 1970 as Kaaviya Thalaivi.[6] which had won the 11th National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali.[7]


Monish Rai (Ashok Kumar) comes from a wealthy family, and is in love with Deviyani (Suchitra Sen), who is poor. Monish has to travel abroad to further his education in law, but promises to stay in touch with Deviyani. After his departure, financial problems overwhelm Deviyani and her father. She approaches Monish's mother for financial assistance, but is refused. In desperation, Deviyani's father marries her off to a much older man, Rakhal Bhattacharya, who has loaned money to Deviyani's father. Rakhal is also an alcoholic and frequents prostitutes.

Deviyani becomes pregnant and gives birth to a baby girl, Suparna. Unhappy with her marriage and her circumstances, she runs away, and becomes a devadasi, or temple dancer, performing for a male clientele. She is however found by Rakhal, who blackmails her for money, and who attempts to kidnap Suparna on more than one occasion. Deviyani approaches Mother Mary, the Mother Superior of a convent and leaves Suparna in her care. Deviyani subsequently disappears. When Monish returns to the city, he thinks he has seen Deviyani, but is told by others that the person he has seen is a Lucknow-based prostitute, Pannabai.

Is Deviyani still alive? Who is Pannabai? What happened to Suparna?

The movie relates the story of Deviyani's life and revolves around the theme of "mamta" - motherhood, or a mother's love, what a mother does for the protection and well-being of her child, and all the sacrifices made by her in order that her child can live a life filled with status, dignity and love .

Veteran actress (Suchitra Sen) portrays the double role both of Deviyani and Suparna.


  • Dharmendra ... Barrister Indraneel
  • Suchitra Sen ... Devyani - Pannabai / Suparna
  • Ashok Kumar ... Monish Rai
  • Bipin Gupta ... Kantilal
  • David Abraham ... Doctor Abraham
  • Tarun Bose ... Mahadev Prasad
  • Pahari Sanyal ... Prosecuting Lawyer
  • Pratima Devi ... Mother Mary
  • Kalipada Chakraborty ... Rakhal Bhattacharya
  • Chhaya Devi ... Minabai
  • Rajlakshmi Devi ... Guest at party
  • Chaman Puri ... Ghishta Babu - Devyani's dad (uncredited)

Box office[edit]

The film performed well at the domestic Indian box office. It grossed 12 million (equivalent to 510 million or US$7.7 million in 2017), making it the year's 15th highest-grossing film in India.[8]

The film became an overseas blockbuster at the Soviet box office, drawing an audience of 52.1 million Soviet viewers in 1969, making it the sixth most popular Indian film in the Soviet Union.[9] It grossed 13.025 million SUR (US$14.47 million, 108.50 million) in the Soviet Union (equivalent to US$97 million or 6.38 billion in 2016).[n 4]



The songs of the films were composed by Roshan and written by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

1."Chahe To Mera Jiya Lele"Lata Mangeshkar03:53
2."Chupa Lo Yun Dil Mein Pyar Mera"Lata Mangeshkar, Hemant Kumar03:11
3."Hum Gavanwa Na Jayibe Ho"Lata Mangeshkar04:20
4."Instrumental" – 02:44
5."Instrumental" – 04:05
6."Rahen Na Rahen Hum (solo)"Lata Mangeshkar04:24
7."Rahen Na Rahen Hum (duet)"Mohammed Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur02:20
8."Rahte The Kabhi Jinke"Lata Mangeshkar03:43
9."In Baharon Mein"Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle03:21


  1. ^ 52.1 million tickets sold,[9] average ticket price of 25 kopecks[10]
  2. ^ 0.9 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1961 to 1971[11]
  3. ^ 7.5 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1967 to 1970[12]
  4. ^ Mamta in Soviet Union: 13.025 million SUR[n 1] (US$14.47 million,[n 2] 10.85 crore)[n 3] in 1969[9] (US$97 million or 638 crore[13] in 2016)


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