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For other uses, see Mehbooba (2008 film).
Directed by Shakti Samanta
Produced by Mushir-Riaz
Written by Gulshan Nanda
Starring Rajesh Khanna
Hema Malini
Prem Chopra
Nazir Hussain
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Anand Bakshi (lyrics)
Cinematography Aloke Dasgupta
Edited by Bijoy Chowdhury
Release dates
19 July 1976
Country India
Language Hindi

Mehbooba is a 1976 Hindi film produced by Mushir-Riaz and directed by Shakti Samanta. The film stars Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini and Prem Chopra. The music is composed by Rahul Dev Burman. The plot it is based on Gulshan Nanda's novel Sisakate Saaz, and Nanda also wrote the screenplay himself.


Singer Suraj (Rajesh Khanna) is stranded in a resthouse during a rainstorm. While there he experiences the feeling he has been there before. He feels himself transported to another lifetime, and is drawn to a woman named Ratna (Hema Malini). He is unable to forget the experience and, investigating further, discovers that in his past life he was a Chief Singer in the emperor's court - his name was Prakash, he was in love with a courtesan named Ratna, much to the chargin and anger of his family and the emperor, and they were tragically separated. He subsequently comes across a portrait of Ratna, and shortly meets a gypsy, Jhumri (also Malini) who looks exactly like Ratna. Soon Jhumri is also able to remember her past life and her love for Prakash to the chagrin of Rita Malhotra (Asha Sachdev) who loves Suraj, and Appa (Prem Chopra), the son of the leader of the gypsies (Madan Puri), who will stop at nothing to make Jhumri his wife. Appa steals the portrait, and sets the gypsies against Suraj, so that he can marry Jhumri, and perhaps separate the two lovers again.


Kishore Kumar too wanted to sing 'Mere Naina Sawan Bhadho' that was initially written for Lata Mangeshkar. R. D. Burman agreed and wanted to record Kishore Kumar first. Kishore Kumar insisted Lata Mangeshkar record first. Though unacceptable at first, R. D. Burman yielded. Lata Mangeshkar recorded the song with great difficulty as it demanded great vocal strengths with long notes (reference needed). Kishore Kumar had his version recorded. Till date his version is more famous than Lata Mangeshkar's (reference?). He listened to the song for 7 days before recording (reference?). This Song Is Based On "Raga Shivranjani" This Song is considered as the most beautiful song sung by Kishore Da. We can feel the extreme variations and voice range in this song.


Actor/Actress Character/Role Notes
Rajesh Khanna Prakash/Suraj
Hema Malini Ratna/Jhumri
Prem Chopra Appa
Asrani Sinha
Asha Sachdev Rita Malhotra
Harindranath Chattopadhyay Rita's father
Sujit Kumar Dr. Vinod
Manmohan Krishna Bandhe Ali Khan as Manmohan Krishan
Madan Puri Sardar
Meena T. Gauri
Nazir Hussain Guruji as Nazir Hussain
Leela Mishra Jhumri's mother as Leela Misra
Alankar Joshi Buntu as Master Alankar
Chandrashekhar Thakur Himmat Singh
Yogeeta Bali Jamuna Singh Guest Appearance



Song Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon is an evergreen number and Parbat Ke Peechhe too was popular number.

Song Title Singers Time
Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon Lata Mangeshkar 6:20
Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon Kishore Kumar 5:25
Gori Tori Paijaniya Manna Dey 6:00
Parbat Ke Peechhe Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar 3:55
Jamuna Kinare Aa Ja Lata Mangeshkar 5:05
Chalo Ri Chalo Ri Lata Mangeshkar 4:00
Aapke Shahar Mein Aai Hoon Lata Mangeshkar 5:00

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