Talash (1969 film)

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Talaash '69.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by O. P. Ralhan
Produced by O. P. Ralhan
Written by Ehsan Rizvi (dialogues)
Screenplay by O. P. Ralhan
Story by O. P. Ralhan
Starring Rajendra Kumar
Sharmila Tagore
O. P. Ralhan
Balraj Sahni
Music by S. D. Burman Lyrics : Majrooh
Running time
185 minutes [1]
Country India
Language Hindi

Talash is a 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 create that solid standard of living it, he walks into action and takes a job at Ranjit Rai's (Balraj Sahni). There he earns the trust of the Chief rapidly and rises. 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 marry. He promises to return in a month to marry Gauri - but before Lachcu should be brought Rita's (Helen) Raj Kumar married and mother to the wedding. However, complications arise: Lachchu to be married to a chubby woman (Tun Tun), while Raj Kumar of the rich Madhu (Sharmila Tagore) is ensnared. Not only does she look like Gauri, but is also the daughter of Boss Rai. How can he turn away a marriage with her without losing his job? [2]


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 S. D. Burman
Released 1969
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label HMV
S. D. Burman chronology
Jewel Thief


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

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Palkon Ke Peechhe Se" (Romantic duet) Mohd. Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar 4:43
2. "Kar Le Pyar" (Sensational cabaret) Asha Bhosle 5:24
3. "Tere Naina Talash Karen" (Raga Asavari) Manna Dey 4:51
4. "Khayi Hai Re Humne Kasam" (Love song) Lata Mangeshkar 4:11
5. "Meri Duniya Hai Maa Tere Aanchal Mein" S. D. Burman 3:38
6. "Kitni Akeli" Lata Mangeshkar 3:32
7. "Aaj Ko Junli Raat Maa" Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi 6:59


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