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Sargam (1979 film)

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Directed byK. Viswanath
Written byK. Viswanath
Jainendra Jain
Based onSiri Siri Muvva (1976)
Produced byN. N. Sippy
StarringRishi Kapoor
Jaya Prada
CinematographyK. H. Kapadia
Edited byWaman Bhonsle
Gurudutt Shirali
Music byLaxmikant-Pyarelal
Release date
  • 8 January 1979 (1979-01-08)
Running time
155 minutes

Sargam is a 1979 Hindi-language drama film written and directed by K. Viswanath. It was the Hindi version of his earlier Telugu film Siri Siri Muvva (1976), which also starred Jaya Prada and made her a star in South India. She made her Hindi film debut with this film, repeating her role of a mute dancer.[1]

The film stars Rishi Kapoor as her partner, Shashikala as her stepmother, Shreeram Lagoo as her father, with Shakti Kapoor, Aruna Irani, Asrani, Vijay Arora and Om Shivpuri. Laxmikant-Pyarelal composed the memorable songs, which won the only Filmfare Award for the film. Anand Bakshi wrote the lyrics. Mohammed Rafi has sung all seven songs, three of them were duets with Lata Mangeshkar, including the famous song, "Dafliwale Dafli Baja", "Koyal Boli", "Duniya Doli" and "Parbat Ke Us Paar". The song "Koyal Boli" was shot on the banks of the Godavari River in Rajahmundry, "Parbat Ke Us Par" in Ooty and "Dafliwale" in Kashmir.[1]

The film became a huge success at the box office and took the top spot at the box office in 1979.[2] It made Jaya Prada a sensation and a star overnight in Hindi Cinema,[3] and she also earned her first Filmfare nomination as Best Actress in Hindi cinema.


Hema is a mute young girl who lives with her father, Chintamani Pradhan, step mother Savitri and step sister Champa. Savitri dreams for her daughter to become a star and arranges for her classical dance lessons. Hema also joins her and quickly shows her superior talent. Intolerant Savitri forbids Hema from learning dance anymore. Her father, who is a school teacher, was visited by his old student Raju who plays Dafli. Raju tries to cheer Hema up from time to time. One night, Raju finds a woman struggling to get rid of a man and Raju helps her. Later, the woman, Kusum tells him that her husband, Prakash forced her to spend the night with another man. Hema’s father passes away, and she is thrown out of the house by Savitri. She is supported by Raju and they leave the village. Savitri and Champa go to the city to find the work but they realize that they have been conned and they come back. Prakash, still holds grudge against Raju and attacks him in the end when he is rescued by police. Raju and Hema reunite and Savitri finds the goodness in her heart and accepts Hema as her daughter too.



All the songs were composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi. With voice of Mohammed Rafi in all 7 songs. Among them 3 were duet with Lata Mangeshkar. The song “Dafli Wale Dafli Baja” was recreated by Vishal-Shekhar, in Student of the Year, in the song, Radha.

Song Singer
"Ram Ji Ki Nikli Sawaari" Mohammed Rafi
"Mujhe Mat Roko, Mujhe Gaane Do" Mohammed Rafi
"Kahan Tera Insaaf Hai, Kahan Tera Dastoor Hai" Mohammed Rafi
"Hum To Chale Pardes, Hum Pardesi Ho Gaye" Mohammed Rafi
"Parbat Ke Us Paar, Parbat Ke Is Paar" Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi
"Koyal Boli, Duniya Doli, Samjho Dil Ki Boli" Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi
"Dafliwale Dafli Baja" Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi


27th Filmfare Awards:[4]


  1. ^ a b Ziya Us Salam (13 November 2014). "Sargam (1979)". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Worth Their Weight in Gold! (70′s) | Box Office India : India's premier film trade magazine". Archived from the original on 18 November 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. ^ BoxOffice India.com Archived 17 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953

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