Chitchor (transl. Heart Stealer) is a 1976 Indian Hindi romantic musical film, written and directed by Basu Chatterjee. The film is a Rajshri Productions film produced by Tarachand Barjatya. It is based on a Bengali story, Chittachakor by Subodh Ghosh.[1] K. J. Yesudas and Master Raju won the National Film Awards 1976 for Best Male Playback Singer and Best Child Artist respectively. The film was remade in Telugu as Ammayi Manasu , in Malayalam as Minda Poochakku Kalyanam and in Tamil as Ullam Kavarntha Kalvan.[2] It was also an inspiration for the 1997 Bengali movie Sedin Chaitramas and 2 other Hindi movies - the 1997 movie Pardes and the 2003 movie Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon.

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Directed byBasu Chatterjee
Produced byTarachand Barjatya
Written byBasu Chatterjee
Story bySubodh Ghosh
Based onBengali story Chittachakor
by Subodh Ghosh
StarringAmol Palekar
Zarina Wahab
Music byRavindra Jain
CinematographyK. K. Mahajan
Edited byMukhtar Ahmed
Rajshri Productions
Distributed byUltra Distributors
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)


Pitamber Chaudhri, headmaster of a school in Madhupur, India, has a daughter named Geeta (Zarina Wahab). Geeta is a typical village belle — naive, childish, and always in the company of a little boy who is her neighbour.

Pitamber's older daughter, Meera, who lives in Mumbai, informs Pitamber of the arrival of a young engineer who could be a possible match for Geeta. Pitamber is asked to welcome him and treat him well. Without further question, Pitamber and family do just that when the visitor arrives by train.

Vinod (Amol Palekar), the newcomer, takes an instant liking to the family and to Geeta in particular, even teaching her to sing. The family begins to talk about the possibility of Vinod and Geeta marrying. Life is good until another letter from Meera arrives. Pitamber is shocked to read that the engineer whom Meera was sending to meet the family has not yet arrived but will be coming soon. Vinod is an overseer who happened to come early, as his boss was delayed and could not make it as planned.

The family is disappointed. They ask Geeta to stop seeing Vinod and turn her attention to Sunil (Vijayendra Ghatge), the engineer, but Geeta cannot forget Vinod. Sunil is fond of Geeta and agrees to the engagement, which is quickly arranged. When Vinod hears of the engagement, he prepares to leave the village before the ceremony. Upon hearing this, Geeta insists that she will marry Vinod, against the wishes of her family. She rushes to the train station but not before the train leaves. Disheartened, she turns back and is received and driven back to her house by Sunil. To her surprise, Vinod is at the house. All misconceptions have been cleared up: Geeta and Vinod are to be engaged.

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The principal shooting of film was spread over 25 days at neighbouring hill stations of Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra. A bungalow in Panchgani was the setting on Zarina Wahab's home, where many keys scenes, including the songs, like Gori tera gaon bada pyaara were shot.[3][4]


All tracks are written by Ravindra Jain[5].

1."Aaj Se Pehle Aaj Se Zyada"K. J. Yesudas05:07
2."Jab Deep Jale Aana, Jab Shaam Dhale Aana"K. J. Yesudas, Hemlata05:35
3."Gori Tera Gaon Bada Pyara"K. J. Yesudas05:11
4."Tu Jo Mere Sur Me, Sur Milale"K. J. Yesudas, Hemlata04:57


The film became a box office hit[6] and received several nominations with also winning a couple of awards. This also completed the 'Debut Silver Jubilee Hatrick' for actor Amol Palekar, who had given hits with his debut film, Rajnigandha (1974), followed by Chhoti Si Baat (1975). All three films were directed by Basu Chatterjee, and were all Silver Jubilee hits in Mumbai.


Year Category Cast/Crew member Status Notes
1976 Best Male Playback Singer K. J. Yesudas Won for "Gori Tera Gaon Bada Pyara"[7]
Best Child Artist Raju Shrestha Won
1977 Best Female Playback Singer Hemlata Won for "Tu Jo Mere Sur Me, Sur Milale"
Best Film Tarachand Barjatya
(Rajshri Productions)
Best Director Basu Chatterjee Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer K. J. Yesudas Nominated for "Gori Tera Gaon Bada Pyara"[8]


The 2003 Hindi movie Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon starring Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan had a similar storyline. The core plot of the movie was an inspiration for the 1990 Kannada movie Panchama Veda starring Ramesh Aravind and Sudha Rani which went on to be remade in Telugu in 1997 as Rukmini. Another uncredited remake was Minda Poochakku Kalyanam which released in 1990 in Malayalam starring Suresh Gopi, Lizi Priyadarshan and Mukesh. The movie was unofficially adapted in Telugu as Ammayi Manasu which starred Jayasudha, Chandra Mohan, Kanta Rao. A Bengali remake by the name Sedin Choitro Mas was made by director Prabhat Roy. The 1997 Hindi movie Pardes by Subhash Ghai, starring Shahrukh Khan & Mahima Chaudhry was loosely based on this movie. In 1987, it also has had an uncredited remake in Tamil as Ullam Kavarntha Kalvan starring Pandiyarajan and Rekha.


  1. ^ Gulzar; Govind Nihalani; Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema. Popular Prakashan. p. 337. ISBN 81-7991-066-0.
  2. ^ Bollywood films remade in South Indian film industry
  3. ^ Roshmila Bhattacharya (25 November 2014). "Love in the time of letters". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Going back in time with Master Raju". movies. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  5. ^ "चितचोर - Chitchor (1976) - Lyrics". Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Chitchor Box office". Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Chitchor". Rajshri Productions. 9 April 2008. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008.
  8. ^ "Download Attachment" (PDF). Retrieved 20 September 2011.

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