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Rajnigandha may also refer to Rajnigandha, the flower, also known as tuberose.
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Directed by Basu Chatterjee
Produced by Suresh Jindal,
Kamal Saigal
Written by Basu Chatterjee (dialogue)
Screenplay by Basu Chatterjee
Story by Manu Bhandari
Starring Amol Palekar
Vidya Sinha
Dinesh Thakur
Music by Original Score & Songs:
Salil Chowdhury

Lyrics for songs:
Cinematography K. K. Mahajan
Edited by G.G. Mayekar
Release date
  • 13 September 1974 (1974-09-13)
Running time
110 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Rajnigandha (Hindi: रजनीगन्धा, Translation: Tuberose) is a Hindi movie directed by Basu Chatterjee and released in 1974. It is based on story "Yehi Sach Hai" by noted Hindi writer Manu Bhandari.[1][2]

The movie stars Amol Palekar, Vidya Sinha and Dinesh Thakur in the lead. Rajnigandha won the Best Picture, the Popular Award and the Critics Award at the Filmfare Awards in 1975.

Rajnigandha was considered to have a realistic outlook on cinema in 1974, an era when potboilers were ruling Bollywood. The film was the first screen role of Vidya Sinha and first Hindi film of Amol Palekar, both of whom went on to work with Basu Chatterjee in many films. Rajnigandha was remade into Bengali in 2012 as Hothat Shedin.

Plot summary[edit]

Deepa (Vidya Sinha) is a graduate student in Delhi who is in a long-term relationship with Sanjay (Amol Palekar), whom she plans to marry. Sanjay is a loquacious, humorous, and a good individual who is also rather lackadaisical and forgetful with no sense of punctuality.

A job interview call from a college in Mumbai re-acquaints her with Navin (Dinesh Thakur) whom she had split up with under acrimonious circumstances. Navin is in every way the antithesis of Sanjay: He is very punctual and looks after her during her stay in Mumbai. Navin shows her the city and helps her with the job interview. This rekindles Deepa's feelings for him, and she finds herself torn between the two men and between her past and her present. Upon her return to Delhi, she feels that her first love (Navin) is her true love. She receives a letter stating that she has got the job in Mumbai. At the same time Sanjay comes to her house and tells her that he has got a promotion. Deepa then feels that she should forget the past and get married to Sanjay.

Cast and Crew[edit]



  • Director : Basu Chatterjee
  • Producer : Suresh Jindal
  • Co-Producer : Kamal Saigal
  • Editor : G. G. Mayekar
  • Cinematographer : K. K. Mahajan
  • Costume Designer : Shanker Gokhale
  • Audiographer : Kapil Chandra, Narendra Singh
  • Lyrics : Yogesh Gaud
  • Music Director : Salil Chowdhury


The film's music director was Salil Chaudhury rendered commercially successful tracks and the songs were written by Yogesh. The Mukesh's "Kai Baar Yuheen Dekha hai," for which he won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer.

All lyrics written by Yogesh; all music composed by Salil Chaudhury.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Kai Baar Yuheen Dekha hai" Mukesh  
2. "Rajnigandha Phool Tumhaare" Lata Mangeshkar  

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Cast/Crew member Status
1974 Best Male Playback Singer Mukesh Won
1975 Critics Award for Best Movie Basu Chatterjee Won
Best Film Suresh Jindal (for Devki Chitra) Won
1975 Best Editor Award G. G. Mayekar Won
Best Indian Films Award - Won


  1. ^ Rajnigandha story
  2. ^ Yahi Such Hai www.abhivyakti-hindi.org.

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