Red Rose (1980 film)

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Red Rose
Red rose 1980.jpg
Directed by Bharathi Raja
Produced by M.P. Jain
Ravi Kumar
Associate Producers:
Mrs. Santosh Jain
Mrs. Era Kalra
Mrs. Chandrika Shah
Written by K. Bhagyaraj (story & screenplay)
Lyrics :
Nida Fazli
Vitthalbhai Patel
Charandas Shokh
Starring Rajesh Khanna
Poonam Dhillon
Music by R.D.Burman
Cinematography P. S. Nivas
Release date
June 6, 1980
Running time
138 minutes (approx.)[1]
Country India
Language Hindi

Red Rose is a 1980 Hindi-language psychological thriller film, starring Rajesh Khanna and Poonam Dhillon. It was a remake of the Tamil movie Sigappu Rojakkal, made by the same director Bharathi Raja and the same cinematographer P. S. Nivas.

The original Tamil movie was reported to be loosely inspired by Raman Raghav's grisly crimes and was dubbed in Telugu as Erra Gulabilu, and was also remade in Japanese as Red Roses and in Russian as Krasnyye Rozy. [2][3]


Anand (Rajesh Khanna) is a successful businessman with a dark side. He preys on nubile girls and rapes and kills them. These proceedings are video-recorded and watched by his adoptive father and mentor, another deranged woman-hater who, as with Anand, had a disillusioning experience with the female sex in his past. The old man stays holed up in a far corner of Anand's mansion watching his son carry out what he is too infirm to do. The murdered girls are buried in Anand's garden and a rosebush is grown above them.

Anand chances upon an undergarments salesgirl, Sharada (Poonam Dhillon), and develops an attraction for her. Sharada, a conservative woman, insists that Anand must marry her if he wants to have his way with her. The romance proceeds, and appears to be Anand's salvation before things begin to collapse for him. On his marriage day, Sharada stumbles upon a diary containing details of his deranged life along with names of the girls he had killed scribbled on the walls of one of the rooms in his large house.

Sharada, meanwhile stumbles upon Anand's father, whom Anand had told her was retarded and was not to be disturbed, and gets the shock of her life. She somehow manages to shut him in and tries to run out, but as she prepares to leave, Anand returns. As Sharada tries to act normal while planning to escape, Anand finds that his father has been locked in and when he saves his father, he realizes that Sharada knows the truth about his deeds. A tense chase ensues, which ends in a graveyard in the dead of night, with Anand stumbling and falling on a cross which pierces him. In the ensuing chase, Anand is caught by the police.

He is subsequently jailed, but gets mentally retarded and loses his bloodthirsty ways. He keeps repeating Sharada's name, as it is his only coherent thought, and all other memories have been erased from his mind.




Music composed by R. D. Burman.

Red Rose
Soundtrack album by R. D. Burman
Released 1980
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 9:48
R. D. Burman chronology
Dhan Daulat
(1980)Dhan Daulat1980
Red Rose
Phir Wohi Raat
(1980)Phir Wohi Raat1980

1."Kiski Sadayen"Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle05:31
2."Tere Bin Jeena Kya"Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle04:17


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