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Kati Patang (1970) – Review

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The girl with good breeding runs away from the marriage pandal to join her lover who, however turns her down. her uncle dies of shock consequent to her behavior. She meets her widowed friend who extracts from her a promise that she would look after her child and impersonate her at her in-law’s place, which is possible because the in-law’s had never seen her. She does everything as instructed by her friend. At the in-law’s place of her widowed friend she is treated with affection because they take her to be their own daughter-in-law.

Here she falls in love with a young forest officer who is none other than the one from whom she ran away previously without getting married. The villain who jilted her comes in and blackmails her threatening to expose her real identity. Ahd her identity is inevitably exposed, as truth has its own way of coming out. The father-in-law who abuses her for impersonation later sympathizes with her and tried to reunite the lovers. And then it goes on with the father-in-law being poisoned and the girl accused of the crime. The lover helps her exoneration with the help of a tape recorder which proves her innocence.

For one thing, this best selling novel of Gulshan Nanda seems to have been written specially for the cinema as it has believable and unbelievable incidents with coincidences and what not. The story is long stretched which is still more stretched with unwanted birthday parties, Holi scenes and songs. Notwithstanding banalties such as stunts and parties, Shakti has turned out a picture with audience interest with a dramatic impact of the original.

Asha Parekh as the impersonating reluctant widow turns out a good performance running through a gamut of emotions but with restraint which only few artistes are capable of. Rajesh Khanna as the lover acts with ease and self confidence. Prem Chopra as the villain has he familiar mannerisms. Bindu as vamp could not have looked prettier. Chandrashekar as Police Inspector is singularly impressive.

Dialogues at places are impressive. Lyrics have richness and music has many lilting tunes.

Year – 1970

Language – Hindi

Country – India

Producer – Shakti Samanta

Director – Shakti Samanta

Music Director – R. D. Burman

Box-Office Status

Cast – Prem Chopra, Kanchan Mattu, Chandrashekhar, Master Pooran, Bindu, Asha Parekh, Mehmood Junior, Rajesh Khanna, Sulochana, Nazir Hussain, Madan Puri, Daisy Irani, Honey Irani, Gurnam, Birbal, Lalita, A. K. Tiwari, Sadhana Patel

Miscellaneous Information

Songs List

Song
Year
Singers
Music Director(s)
Lyricist(s)
Aaj na chhodeinge bas humjoli
1970
Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
R. D. Burman
Aaj na chhodenghe bas
1970
Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
R.D. Burman
Jis gali mein tera ghar na ho
1970
Mukesh
R. D. Burman
Na koi umang hai na koi tarang hai
1970
Lata Mangeshkar
R.D. Burman
Pyar diwana hota hai
1970
Kishore Kumar
R. D. Burman
Yeh jo mohabbat hai
1970
Kishore Kumar
R. D. Burman
Yeh shaam mastani
1970
Kishore Kumar
R. D. Burman
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