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|Directed by||Raj Khosla|
|Written by||G.R. Kamath (screenplay)
|Music by||Madan Mohan|
|Edited by||Das Dhaimad|
|Box office||₹ 4,50,00,000|
Mera Saaya (Hindi: मेरा साया; Urdu: میرا سایا; translation: My Shadow) is a 1966 Indian Hindi film directed by Raj Khosla. The film was a remake of Marathi film called Pathlaag (Chase). The film's music is by Madan Mohan and lyrics by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan. The film stars Sunil Dutt and Sadhana. This is director Raj Khosla's third film with Sadhana after Ek Musafir Ek Hasina(1963) and Woh Kaun Thi? (1964). The film became a "superhit" at the box office, taking the third spot on the highest grossing film of 1966 in India.
Thakur Rakesh Singh (Sunil Dutt) was a lawyer and happily married to Geeta (Sadhana) for three years. He goes to London for higher studies and after one year receives the news of his wife's illness. He immediately comes back only to witness his wife's death in his hands. He buries her in his house and builds a small memorial there. He deeply mourns her by always sitting at that memorial and listening to recorded songs sung by Geeta.
While things are like this, one day a police inspector Daljit comes to meet him. He explains him about the bandit they caught on other day, Naina (Sadhana) who claims to be wife of Rakesh. Rakesh meets her and gets shocked as she looks exactly like Geeta. But he rejects that she was his wife as he saw his wife dying and buried her with his own hands. But that woman claims that she was indeed Geeta and tells him about intimate moments they shared. Rakesh gets surprised but suspects some mischief.
Case proceeds in the court and Rakesh starts to cross examine that woman. She answers every question correctly and claims that she was kidnapped by someone 2-3 days before her arrest. When Rakesh asks why she has no mangalsutra on her, which was compulsory ornament for married Hindu woman, she tells him that she removed it before going out on that day. He wouldn't believe that, as Geeta would consider mangalsutra very sacred and wouldn't have removed it.
After some drama, he asks her about her dairy which Geeta always keeps near to her and she fails to answer. He decides that she was just an impostor and asks court to convict her. She becomes emotionally unstable after all this drama and ends up in a mental institute. One night she escapes from there and comes to Rakesh's house. There she explains Rakesh all that has happened.
Geeta had a twin sister named Raina, who was a bandit just like their mother. Geeta hides the fact about her criminal family and marries Rakesh. But one day her sister comes to her in a pitiable condition and asks her to give shelter for one night. Geeta, seeing her sick gets out of her house to buy medicine. But she doesn't want other family members to know about Raina and makes Raina up just like her and even gives her own mangalsutra to Raina. But when she comes out, Ranjit singh,Raina's husband (Prem Chopra)mistakes her for Raina and takes her away without giving her chance to talk. When Ranjit Singh comes to know that she wasn't Raina, he wants to take her back but police arrest them on their way back. While she was explaining all this to Rakesh, Ranjit Singh comes there and confirms her story. Police shoot him and he dies at Raina's memorial. Rakesh and Geeta reconcile and start their regular life.
- Sunil Dutt as Thakur Rakesh Singh
- Sadhana as Geeta/Raina(aka Nisha)
- K.N. Singh as Prosecuting Lawyer
- Anwar Hussain as Inspector Daljit
- Prem Chopra as Daku Suryavar Singh/Ranjit Singh
The music for the film is composed by Madan Mohan. The song "Nainon Mein Badra Chhaaye" sung by Lata Mangeshkar has a rendition of Sitar and won Madan Mohan the "Sur Singar" Award for the best classical song for the year 1966. The haunting title song "Tu Jahaan Jahaan Chalegaa, Mera Saaya Saath Hoga" appears twice in the film. Asha Bhosle's song "Jhumkaa Gira Re" also became very popular.
All lyrics were written by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.
|1.||"Tu Jahaan Jahaan Chalegaa Mera Saaya Saath Hoga"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|2.||"Jhumka Gira Re, Bareli Ke Bazaar Mein"||Asha Bhosle|
|3.||"Nainon Mein Badra Chhaye"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|4.||"Aap Ke Pehloo Mein Aakar Roh Diye"||Mohammad Rafi|
|5.||"Nainonwali Ne Haye Mera Dil Loota"||Lata Mangeshkar|
- "Box office 1966". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2 Feb 2012.