Talash (1969 film)

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Talaash '69.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byO. P. Ralhan
Produced byO. P. Ralhan
Written byEhsan Rizvi (dialogues)
Screenplay byO. P. Ralhan
Story byO. P. Ralhan
StarringRajendra Kumar
Sharmila Tagore
O. P. Ralhan
Balraj Sahni
Music byS. D. Burman Lyrics : Majrooh
Running time
175 minutes[1]

Talash is a 1969 Hindi film by O. P. Ralhan starring Rajendra Kumar and Sharmila Tagore. This movie was the first movie in Bollywood which was publicized as having a budget of Rs 1 Crore (i.e. INR 10 Millions).


Raj Kumar (Rajendra Kumar) dreams of a life of prosperity. When he learns that his mother (Sulochana Latkar) has struggled for years to give him the best, he takes a job at Ranjit Rai (Balraj Sahni)'s company. His hard work pays off and he is able to earn the trust of his boss and get promoted to a good post. On a vacation with his friend Lachchu (O. P. Ralhan), he falls in love with the village beauty Gauri (Sharmila Tagore) and promises her father (D.K. Sapru) that he will return in a month's time to marry her. But things get complicated when he returns to the city and Raj's boss wants Raj to marry his daughter or perhaps lose his job. After many twists and turns, the lovers are reunited and all's well that ends well.


Rajendra Kumar as Raj Kumar 'Raju'

Sharmila Tagore as Madhu / Gauri

O. P. Ralhan as Lachchu

Balraj Sahni as Ranjit Rai

Helen as Rita

Sulochana Latkaras Raj Kumar's Mother (as Sulochana)

• Sajjan as Dice / Albert (Rita's Father)

Jeevan as John

Hari Shivdasani as Babulal (Lachchu's Father)

Madan Puri as Peter

D.K. Sapru as Gauri's Father (as Sapru)

Tun Tun as Kamini


The album of this film was composed by S. D. Burman and penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. This album has various kinds of hits starting from the very romantic 'Palkon Ke Peechhe Se' to the sentimental 'Meri Duniya Hai Maa Tere Aanchal Mein'. It even covers the Indian Classical based number 'Tere Naina Talash Karen' to the sensational cabaret dance by Helen called 'Kar Le Pyar'.

Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
S. D. Burman chronology
Jewel Thief


The song "Aaj Ko Junli Raat Maa" samples the Romance theme from the Lieutenant Kijé Suite by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.[2]

All lyrics written by Majrooh Sultanpuri; all music composed by S. D. Burman.

1."Palkon Ke Peechhe Se" (Romantic duet)Mohd. Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar4:43
2."Kar Le Pyar" (Sensational cabaret)Asha Bhosle5:24
3."Tere Naina Talash Karen" (Raga Asavari)Manna Dey4:51
4."Khayi Hai Re Humne Kasam" (Love song)Lata Mangeshkar4:11
5."Meri Duniya Hai Maa Tere Aanchal Mein"S. D. Burman3:38
6."Kitni Akeli"Lata Mangeshkar3:32
7."Aaj Ko Junli Raat Maa"Mohd. Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar6:59
8."Mera Kya Sanam"Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle4:53


  1. ^ Malhotra, Aps (26 January 2012). "Blast From The Past: Talash (1969)". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  2. ^ Srinivasan, Karthik (11 December 2018). "How S.D. Burman Interlude And An R.D. Burman Bhajan Both Originated From A Russian Song". Film Companion. Retrieved 11 December 2018.

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