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Amrapali (film)

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Amrapali is a 1966 historical Hindi film, directed by Lekh Tandon, starring Vyjayanthimala and Sunil Dutt as leads Music of the film was by Shankar-Jaikishan The rights to this film are owned by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment

It was based on the life of Amrapali Ambapali, the nagarvadhu royal courtesan of Vaishali in present-day Bihar, the capital of the Licchavi republic in ancient India around 500 BC and Ajatashatru, the Haryanka dynasty king of the Magadha empire, who falls in love with her Though he destroys Vaishali to get her, she in the meantime has been transformed by her encounter with Gautama Buddha, of whom she becomes a disciple and an Arahant herself Her story finds mention in old Pali texts and Buddhist traditions

The film was selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 39th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee Though the film wasn't a commercial success, in time it started being seen as classic and is remembered not just for its dramatic cinematography of war scenes by Dwarka Divecha, and Bhanu Athaiya's costumes for which she travelled to the Ajanta Caves, to seek references in Buddhist frescoes of the era, to create period costumes that subsequently became a template for costumes of that era, but also for the strong Anti-war sentiment, the film reveals in the end


  • 1 Cast
  • 2 Crew
  • 3 Music
    • 31 Track list
  • 4 In popular culture
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


  • Vyjayanthimala – Amrapali
  • Sunil Dutt – Magadh Samrat Ajatashatru
  • Prem Nath – Senpati Veer of Magadh
  • Bipin Gupta – Vaishali's Samrat
  • Gajanan Jagirdar – Kulpati Mahanam
  • KN Singh – Balbadra SIngh
  • Madhavi – Raj Nartaki
  • Mridula Rani – Raj Mata Ajaat Shatru's Mother
  • Ruby Mayer – Magadh's Empress
  • Narendra Nath – Lord Buddha
  • Baburao Pendharkar – In the song Neel Gagan Ki


  • Art Direction: MR Acharekar
  • Dance director: Gopi Krishna
  • Costume Design: Bhanu Athaiya


Another highlight of the film was its music by the duo Shankar Jaikishan, then at the peak of their career, who gave a highly restrained yet fully Indian classical music-based score in the four songs, another rarity in the period film of the era to have so few songs All the song were sung by Lata Mangeshkar who also has some of her career's finest among them, including, "Tumhen Yaad Karte Karte", "Neel Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein" and "Jao Re Jogi"

Track list

# Title Singers
1 "Jao Re" Lata Mangeshkar
2 "Tumhen Yaad Karte Karte" Lata Mangeshkar
3 "Neel Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein" Lata Mangeshkar
4 "Tadap Yeh Din Raat Ki" Lata Mangeshkar
5 "Nacho Gao Nacho Dhoom Machao" Lata Mangeshkar

In popular culture

A scene clipping from the film, was used in the Dhoom tana song dance sequence in film Om Shanti Om 2007, wherein Deepika Padukone dances as Vyjayantimala, who was digitally removed from the frames, as Deepika was playing the role of an actor of the 1970s

See also

  • List of historical drama films of Asia
  • List of submissions to the 39th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
  • List of Indian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Chitralekha 1964


  1. ^ "Office Office maker passes away" Screen 31 July 2008 Archived from the original on 10 September 2012 
  2. ^ History of Vaishali
  3. ^ Ambapālī Ambapālikā in Buddhist Dictionary of Pali names
  4. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  5. ^ "VKMURTHY: Lens and Sensibility" Screen 3 February 2006 
  6. ^ "Are they calling the shots" Screen 29 March 2002 
  7. ^ "Clothes maketh the film" The Hindu 25 February 2010 
  8. ^ What if Amrapali were remade today Rediffcom Movies, 4 March 2004
  9. ^ "MUSIC DIRECTOR: Down Melody Lane" Screen 22 March 2010 
  10. ^ "Magical music video" Screen 23 November 2007 

External links

  • Amrapali on IMDb
  • Amrapali-1966 full Film

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