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Andaz (1971)

  • Release Date1971
  • GenreDrama, Romance
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time151 min
  • Length4561.94 meters
  • Number of Reels17
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number96653 (Re-certification)
  • Certificate Date23/04/1971
  • Shooting LocationNatraj Studios Pvt. Ltd., Mehboob Studios, R.K. Studios

The story of ANDAZ is the story of two mature hearts groping in the dark, reaching out for each other - for Sheetal and Ravi love each other very dearly. Sheetal is a widow and Ravi a widower, each tormented by excruciating memories! And as fate would have it, it is their children who bring them together for the first time. Deepu, Sheetal's four-year-old son, is tremendously fond of Munni, the five-year-old daughter of Ravi. They are co-students at a Missionary School in the hills.

But the tradition of Eastern love affairs is not so smooth as those of the West. A widow is a taboo; a widow with a child is still worse, but a widow with an illegitimate child is an absolute out-caste! It is left to Ravi's younger brother Badal, a rake and a renegade, to bring this terrible piece of news to his mother: that Sheetal and her late husband had not been formally married! Badal hates Ravi who is only his foster brother and not a real one.

The tragedies of love are endless, but the greatest tragedy is love denied! Separated from her lover, Sheetal is recalled to her late husband's home, beckoned there by her repenting father-in-law who had once scorned her. But the flame in Ravi's heart drives him to madness! His family affairs are enough to drive any man crazy. His brother Badal has been arrested for raping a village girl who commits suicide. And now, his own dream of happiness has collapsed. Oh, this world of promised love, this mirage of worldly happiness! Will man's woes never end?

This is the mighty canvas of ANDAZ, a motion picture matchless for its expose of the naked facts of the human hearts in its many-splendid dimensions.

[from the official press booklet]



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