|Directed by||Asit Sen|
|Written by||Asit Sen (screenplay)
Inder Raj Anand (dialogue)
Anil Ahuja (dialogue)
|Story by||Ashutosh Mukherjee|
|Music by||Kalyanji Anandji
|Edited by||Tarun Dutta|
|Distributed by||M.R. Productions|
Safar (English: Journey) is a 1970 Indian Hindi film produced by the Mushir-Riaz duo and directed by Asit Sen, based on a novel by Bengali writer Ashutosh Mukherjee. The film stars Ashok Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore and Feroz Khan in lead roles. The film became the tenth top-grossing production of the year. It won one Filmfare Awards and four BFJA Awards. Rajesh Khanna received nomination for BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi).Asit Sen remade the 1956 Bengali film Chalachal, which was directed by him, in Hindi as Safar (1970). As per review by critics, Safar was carried more than ably by Khanna’s immense charm at the peak of his popularity.Rajesh Khanna beautifully conveys his character's desperation and his conviction that surviving by a slender thread is not really living.This film is counted among the 17 consecutive hit films Rajesh Khanna between 1969 and 1971, by adding the two hero films Marayada and Andaz to the 15 consecutive solo hits he gave from 1969 to 1971. The movie is a remake of director's own 1956 Bengali movie Chalachal.
Movie starts with the desperate attempt of surgeon Dr.Neela (Sharmila Tagore) to save a patient, who she knew wasn't going to survive. She works under the guidance of Dr. Chandra (Ashok Kumar) who tells her that however hard doctors might try, sometimes a patient wouldn't survive. The story drifts into flashback. Neela meets Avinash (Rajesh Khanna) at medical college and after an initial misunderstanding, grows close to him. Avinash is a poor guy who works while attending medical college. He paints too and Neela finds out that most of his paintings are of her. Though he admires Neela very much, he never talks about love or marriage. Everyone thinks that it's because of his financial status, but it is later revealed that he has terminal cancer.
Neela, due to financial troubles, starts working as a tutor where she meets her student's elder brother, businessman Shekhar Kapoor (Feroz Khan). Shekhar admires her and later meets his elder brother Kalidas (I. S. Johar) to ask her hand in marriage. Kalidas redirects him to Avinash saying that Neela would listen to him. Shekhar meets Avinash who approves of him and recommends him to Neela. Neela understands that Avinash has no intention to marry her, so she agrees to marry Shekhar. They spend some time happily but Shekhar always feels Neela wouldn't love him as much as he loves her. Facing losses in business, he expects Neela's empathy but gets none.
Moreover, Neela regularly visits her brother's house where Avinash was a frequent visitor. Shekhar slowly grows suspicious of Neela and Avinash and asks his younger brother to spy on her. Later he finds a love letter, written by Avinash in the handwriting of Neela just for fun. Shekhar thinks that Neela has written that and becomes devastated. He wants to free her from him and commits suicide. Police suspects that Neela and Avinash killed him and arrests Neela as Avinash disappears.
At the trial, Shekhar's mother Mrs Kapoor (Nadira) testifies in favour of Neela and the court acquits her. Later it is revealed that Avinash left to get away from their marital lives not knowing that Shekhar had committed suicide. Later he comes back in the final stage of his disease and dies in Dr Chandra's hospital. Heart-broken and devastated, Neela wouldn't want to live anymore but Dr.Chandra consoles and takes her under his wing to make her a great surgeon like him. The film ends with Neela sending her brother-in-law abroad for studies and dedicating her life to medical profession.
- Ashok Kumar as Dr. Chandra
- Sharmila Tagore as Mrs. Neela Shekhar Kapoor
- Rajesh Khanna as Avinash
- Feroz Khan as Shekhar Kapoor
- I. S. Johar as Kalidas
- Aruna Irani as Laxmi
- Nadira as Mrs. Kapoor
Supported by Mahesh Kumar, Brahmchari, Iftikar, Birbal, Master Sachin, Jagdish Raj, Ratan Gaurang, Parsuram, Narbada Shanker, Avtar Singh & Oscar.
- Producer: Mohammad Riaz
- Director: Asit Sen
- Story: Ashutosh Mukherjee
- Screenplay: Asit Sen
- Dialogues: Inder Raj Anand
- Lyrics: Indeevar
- Music: Kalyanji Anandji
- Choreography: Kamal Bose
- Editing: Tarun Dutta
- Art direction: Sudhendu Roy
- Costume Design: Shalini Shah
Reception and awards
Safar became the tenth highest grossing film of the year in India. In a retrospective review, Rediff.com wrote, "Safar is a story of ordinary people grappling with staggering challenges and compromises. But in this refreshingly non-melodramatic fare, a murmur of protest, an escaped sob and a half-concealed smirk are the only emotional luxuries its characters afford themselves in the inexplicable journey of life, the eponymous safar of the title."
Safar received two nominations at the annual Filmfare Awards and won one award. Asit Sen received his first Best Director award (he was previously nominated in this category for Mamta in 1967), though the film was not nominated for the Best Film award. Sharmila Tagore received her second Best Actress nomination (she won the previous year for Aradhana). Awards and nominations are listed below:
- Won, Filmfare Best Director Award - Asit Sen
- Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award - Sharmila Tagore
- BFJA Awards, Best Screenplay (Hindi) - Asit Sen
- BFJA Awards, Best Dialogue (Hindi) - Inder Raj Anand
- BFJA Awards, Best Editing (Hindi) - Tarun Dutta
|Studio album by Kalyanji Anandji|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Kalyanji Anandji chronology|
|1.||"Hum The Jinke Sahare"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|2.||"Jeevan Se Bhari"||Kishore Kumar|
|3.||"Jo Tumko Ho Pasand"||Mukesh|
|4.||"Nadiya Chale"||Manna Dey, Rajesh Khanna|
|5.||"Zindagi Ka Safar"||Kishore Kumar|
- Rajesh Khanna beautifully conveys his character's desperation and his conviction that surviving by a slender thread is not really living.
- Box Office India. "Top Earners 1970". boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 10 July 2008.
- "Safar: A memorable journey". Rediff.com. 9 May 2003. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- Filmfare Nominees and Winners
- "34th Annual BFJA Awards". BFJA. Archived from the original on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-29.