Meera (1979 film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Gulzar
Produced by Premji,
J.N. Manchanda
Written by Gulzar
Screenplay by Gulzar
Story by Bhushan Banmali
Starring Hema Malini
Vinod Khanna
Shreeram Lagoo
Shammi Kapoor
Dina Pathak
Vidya Sinha
Bharat Bhushan
Amjad Khan
Music by Pandit Ravi Shankar
Meera (lyrics)
Cinematography K. Vaikunth
Edited by Waman Bhosle,
Gurudutt Shirali
Release date
  • 25 May 1979 (1979-05-25) (India)
Running time
155 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Meera (Hindi: मीरा) is a 1979 Hindi language film by Gulzar. The film is based on the life of Meera, a Hindu saint-poet who renounced princely comforts in pursuit of her love for Lord Krishna. The film portrays the life and times of Meera from a historical perspective rather than a mythological one. Through Meera's life, Gulzar has shown a woman's struggle to find her independence, dignity and spiritual satisfaction in a society where women are supposed to be worthy of only taking care of the household chores. The epic soundtrack by Pt. Ravi Shankar features the lilting dulcet tones of the award-winning playback singer Vani Jairam, the tunes of which resound in every memory that reveres this winning combination of film music.

However the film did not perform well at the Indian box office, though it received critical acclaim.[1][2]


The story is set around 1580, in the time of King Akbar. Biramdev (Dr Shreeram Lagoo) is the king of Medta, a province in Rajasthan. He has two daughters, Meera (Hema Malini) and Krishna (Vidya Sinha) and a son, Jaimal (Dinesh Thakur). Meera is in deep emotional love with Lord Krishna, so much so that she considers Lord Krishna to be her husband. Akbar (Amjad Khan) is becoming stronger day by day and hence other small provinces are trying to join against him. Medta, in one such political agreement, decides to join hands with Raja Vikramajit (Shammi Kapoor). As a part of this agreement Meera is married (against her wish) to Vikramajit's son, Rana Bhojraj (Vinod Khanna). But even after getting married her love for Lord Krishna remains the same and she follows her own ideals and way of living which are not very acceptable to Bhojraj and his family. One thing leads to another and one day Meera is declared as an outcast and traitor who failed to play a wife's duties towards her husband, a bride's duties towards her family, and a woman's duties towards society. She is jailed and a public trial is ordered to decide her fate. But Meera is still unshakable and her spirituality keeps her going. She is not even afraid of death. Finally she is given a death sentence and is ordered to drink a cup of venom in front of the public.



  • DirectionGulzar
  • Story – Bhushan Banmali
  • ScreenplayGulzar
  • DialogueGulzar
  • Production – Premji, J.N. Manchanda
  • Editing – Waman Bhosle, Gurudutt Shirali
  • Cinematography – K. Vaikunth
  • Art Direction – Desh Mukherjee, Marutirao Kale
  • Costume DesignBhanu Athaiya
  • Choreography – Gopi Kishan
  • Music DirectionPandit Ravi Shankar, Vijay Raghav Rao
  • LyricsMeerabai
  • Playback – Dinkar Kaikini, Vani Jairam


Film's costume designer Bhanu Athaiya used changing hues of Meera saris to show her spiritual evolution rather dissolving into Krishna. Starting with vibrant colours as a princess, she leave the palace in orange (bhagwa), gradually shifting to yellow, fawn and finally to much paler beige colour.[3]


All lyrics written by Meera; all music composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar.

1."Aeri Main To Prem Deewani"Vani Jairam 
2."Baala Main Bairaagan Hoongi"Vani Jairam 
3."Badal Dekh Dari"Vani Jairam 
4."Hari Om Tansen" (Alaap)Dinkar Kaikini 
5."Jaago Bansiwale"Vani Jairam 
6."Jo Tum Todo Piya"Vani Jairam 
7."Karna Fakiri Phir Kya Dilgiri"Vani Jairam 
8."Karuna Suno Shyam More"Vani Jairam 
9."Main Sanware Ke Rang Rachi"Vani Jairam 
10."Mere To Giridhar Gopal" (1)Vani Jairam 
11."Pyar Darshan Dijo Aaj"Vani Jairam 
12."Ranaji Main To Govind"Vani Jairam 
13."Shyam Maane Chaakar"Vani Jairam 

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Bhawana Somaaya (1 February 2008). Hema Malini: The Authorized Biography. Roli Books Private Limited. pp. 77–. ISBN 978-93-5194-048-7.
  2. ^ Rachel Dwyer (27 September 2006). Filming the Gods: Religion and Indian Cinema. Routledge. pp. 88–. ISBN 978-1-134-38070-1.
  3. ^ Bhawana Sommya; Kothari Jigna; Supriya Madangarli (17 April 2012). Mother Maiden Mistress : Women In Hindi Cinema,1950-2010. HarperCollins Publishers. pp. 1978–. ISBN 978-93-5029-485-7.
  • Chatterjee, Saibal (2007) - Echoes and Eloquences, The Life and Cinema of Gulzar, Rupa & Co. ISBN 978-81-291-1235-4.
  • Gulzar (1979) - Meera: Katha, Montage, Anusandhan aur Patkatha : Gulzar, Radhakrishan Prakashan.

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