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Ek Nai Paheli (1984)

Bhairavi, a renowned singer, sees a revolutionary Sandeep badly injured and takes him home for treatment. Sandeep had left his father Upendra as Sandeep had taken to terrorism. He hated ... See full summary »


K. Balachander


Inder Raj Anand (dialogue), K. Balachander (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Raaj Kumar ... Upendranath
Hema Malini ... M.K. Bhairavi
Kamal Haasan ... Sandeep
Padmini Kolhapure ... Kajri
Suresh Oberoi ... Avinash (as Suresh Uberoi)
Mehmood ... Dr. Suri
C.S. Dubey ... Upendranath's friend (as Dubey)
Rajkishore Rana Rajkishore Rana ... Upendranath's friend (as Rajkishore)
N.S. Bedi N.S. Bedi
Asha Sachdev ... Jeet Kumari
Rajee Rajee
Rakesh Bedi ... Himself
Johnny Lever ... Himself (as Johny Lever)


Bhairavi, a renowned singer, sees a revolutionary Sandeep badly injured and takes him home for treatment. Sandeep had left his father Upendra as Sandeep had taken to terrorism. He hated women and music, but Bhairavi's company mellowed him and he fell in love with her. She was, however, a mother of Kajvi by a spouse Avinash who had ditched her. Kajri started living with Upendra and their affection turned into love. Avinash, who had been suffering from blood cancer, suddenly returned before Bhairavi was to marry Sandeep. These unusual marriages were now averted. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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29 June 1984 (India) See more »

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A New Puzzle See more »

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P.S.R. Pictures See more »
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Kamal Hassan stated the film was a disaster while filming. Things went haywire from the word go. There was no team work, it was everyone for himself. Raaj Kumar would constantly interfere with the script and scenes. See more »


Remake of Apoorva Raagangal (1975) See more »


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Beautiful if not fully realised
17 April 2017 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

K. Balachander's Ek Nai Paheli is a beautiful film, both visually and story-wise. As you would expect from a Balachander film, it is visually a great picture to look at - the cinematography, the sets, the costume design, all demonstrate the high production values employed in the making of this film. The script, however, and the later development of the story, are not fully realised. The film narrates the love story of a young man with a woman who is a decade or two his senior, and sadly, the story is never really brave enough to dig into the complexity of this relationship, and everything stays quite on the surface. There is some nice dialogue and there's depth as well in the portrayal of the human relationship, but never to the extent of daring to be less polished and a little more real and matter-of-fact.

Hema Malini is beautiful, very retrained and impressively so, and Kamaal Hasaan is competent as an idealistic and stubborn young man, though at times over-expressive. The two seem to have a good working chemistry, but something is missing there as there is very little intimacy between the two; it's like a very good friendship which lacks, and perhaps is even mistaken as, real romance. Good support is provided by Raaj Kumar and the stunning Padmini Kolhapure. Ek Nai Paheli is a beautiful film in many ways, it is reminiscent of the old classics in its general feel and energy, in its music and culturally rich, elegant setting, but it could have been better if more effort had been made to depict the love story itself. An aesthetic delight, indeed, and well directed by K. Balachander, who could and should have pushed the envelope a little more.

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