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Aakhri Khat

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Aakhri Khat English: The Last Letter is a 1966 Bollywood film written and directed by Chetan Anand This film marked the debut of Rajesh Khanna, who became the first superstar of Indian Cinema from 1969 The music of the film is by Khayyam and lyrics by Kaifi Azmi; it includes the song "Baharon Mera Jeevan Bhi Sanwaro", sung by Lata Mangeshkar The film was given 5 stars in Bollywood Guide Collections

Chetan Anand, started the film with a bare outline of a script and a 15-month-old infant who he let loose in the city, following him with his camera, mostly a hand-held camera, taking in all the city sounds, under the cinematic direction of Jal Mistry The film was selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 40th Academy Awards in 1967, but was not accepted as a nominee

The film was remade in Tamil as Poonthalir starring Sivakumar and Sujatha actress in 1979 and in Telugu as Chinnari Chitti Babu in 1981

Contents

  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Quotes on the film
  • 4 Soundtrack
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Plot

Govind Rajesh Khanna is a young sculptor While vacationing near Kullu, he sees Lajjo Indrani Mukherjee and falls in love Subsequently, they get married secretly in a village temple He then has to leave for the city to further his education Meanwhile, the girl learns that she is pregnant On finding this, her stepmother sells her off for Rs 500, where she is beaten Some time later, she gives birth to a little boy named Buntu Later, Lajjo comes to Mumbai to meet Govind, carrying her one-year-old son She leaves a letter for him at his doorsteps, and wants to leave the child with him as well However, she is unable to go through with it, so she takes Buntu with her They keep wandering and feed off whatever comes their way, but soon she dies leaving her son alone

The rest of the film is a story of the little child, wandering around the city He goes out of the house, eating whatever he finds, including a pill, which makes him doze off On waking up, he wanders even more and more into the city Meanwhile, Govind, comes know all through a letter she has left behind, Aakhri Khat Last Letter, he soon realizes his mistake and with the help of police tries to find his wife and son, though only finds his wife's body Later, he shows the Police inspector Naik, Manvendra Chitnis, the statue of Lajjo he has kept in his studio

The child is then rescued by a man who is a staff member of an orphanage nearby He escapes from that place at night And after a long time of wandering here and there, and after the help of some people, he ultimately reaches home to find a statue of his lost mother, and a new lady, who is now his new mother

Cast

  • Rajesh Khanna - Govind
  • Indrani Mukherjee - Lajjo
  • Master Bunty - Buntu
  • Nana Palsikar
  • Manvendra Chitnis - Inspector Naik
  • Mohan Choti - Moti Servant
  • Tun Tun
  • Maruti Rao
  • Naqi Jehan - Wealthy young woman

Quotes on the film

Rajesh Khanna disclosed in an interview,"I consider “Aakhri Khat” a memorable film of my initial days It was out and out a director's project and Chetan Anand, highly imaginative and sensitive director handled the film with expertise I still clearly remember how cinematographer Jal Mistry shot the song sequence, “Ab Na Ja” on me and Indrani Mukherjee in five to six close ups also picturising the natural panorama of the Himalayas with rare aesthetics and perfection My most challenging scene in “Aakhri Khat” was the last one where I am in a pensive mood in silence till I recognise my son, Bunty Chetan Anand used to wake me up with late night phone calls so that my face had the ideal pathos oriented look"

Soundtrack

The soundtrack includes the following tracks, composed by Khayyam, and with lyrics by Kaifi Azmi, also marked the debut of Bhupinder Singh as a solo playback singer

Aakhri Khat
Soundtrack album by Khayyam
Released 1966 India
Genre Film soundtrack
Label EMI
Producer Khayyam
Khayyam chronology
Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain
1965Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain1965
Aakhri Khat
1966
Shagun
1964Shagun1964
Song Singer s
Aur Kuchh Der Thahar Mohd Rafi
Baharon Mera Jeevan Bhi Sanwaro Lata Mangeshkar
Mere Chanda Mere Nanhe Lata Mangeshkar
O My Darling Manna Dey
Rut Jawan Jawan Raat Mehrbaan Bhupinder Singh

See also

  • List of submissions to the 40th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
  • List of Indian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

References

  1. ^ http://wwwrediffcom/movies/report/slide-show-1-excerpts-rajesh-khanna-few-people-paid-attention-to-is-debut-film/20120723htm
  2. ^ Chetan Anand, My Father Archived 30 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine The Indian Express, Premankur Biswas, 16 November 2007
  3. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  4. ^ http://wwwbollywoodmantracom/news/rajesh-khanna-and-his-films/9256/
  5. ^ ""Yevo Gusagusalu Paade – Chinnari Chitti Babu" 1981 – Telugu Feature Film" The Southern Nightingale 2017-01-19 Retrieved 2017-12-06 
  6. ^ Aakhri Khat 1966
  7. ^ "My First Break - Rajesh Khanna" The Hindu 19 May 2011 Retrieved 7 May 2013 
  8. ^ Aakhri Khat 1966 songs

External links

  • Aakhri Khat on IMDb

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