Ek Duuje Ke Liye
Ek Duuje Ke Liye (lit. (We Are Made) For Each Other) is a 1981 Hindi romantic tragedy movie directed by K. Balachander, starring Kamal Haasan and Rati Agnihotri. It was a remake of the director's own Telugu movie Maro Charitra (1978), which had Kamal Haasan playing the lead role. The film was labelled a "blockbuster" at the box office in 1981, earning a total of ₹100 million (US$1.4 million) in receipts. The film featured lyrics penned by Anand Bakshi and music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. It received critical acclaim upon release, winning a National Film Award and 13 Filmfare nominations, eventually winning three.
|Ek Duuje Ke Liye|
|Directed by||K. Balachander|
|Produced by||L. V. Prasad|
|Written by||K. Balachander|
|Cinematography||B. S. Lokanath|
|Edited by||N. R. Kittu|
|Box office||₹100 million (US$1.4 million)|
The movie is about the love between a Tamil man, Vasu (Kamal Haasan), and a North Indian woman, Sapna (Rati Agnihotri), who are neighbours in Goa. They come from totally different backgrounds and can hardly speak the other's language. Their parents despise each other and they have regular skirmishes. When Vasu and Sapna admit their love, there is chaos in their homes, and their parents reject the idea.
As a ploy to separate the lovers, their parents impose a condition that Vasu and Sapna should stay away from each other for a year. After such a period, if they still want to be together, they can get married. During the year there should be no contact between them whatsoever. Vasu and Sapna reluctantly agree to the condition and decide to separate.
Vasu moves to Hyderabad, and they both initially suffer due to the separation. Vasu then meets Sandhya (Madhavi), a widow who teaches him Hindi. Meanwhile, Sapna's mother brings a family friend's son, Chakram (Rakesh Bedi), to Goa to distract Sapna from to Vasu, but she is not impressed. At a chance meeting in Mangalore, Chakram lies to Vasu that Sapna has agreed to marry him. Vasu is upset and decides to marry Sandhya on the rebound. However, Sandhya comes to know of Vasu's real love and goes to Goa to know the exact situation and to clear the misunderstanding between the lovers.
Vasu then returns to Goa and impresses Sapna's parents with his Hindi. When Vasu goes to meet Sapna he is attacked by a group of goons hired by Sandhya's brother (Raza Murad). Meanwhile, Sapna is raped by a librarian (Sunil Thapa) in a dilapidated building and is left to die. The movie ends tragically when Vasu and Sapna commit suicide by jumping off a cliff.
|Character's name||Played by|
|S. Vasudevan 'Vasu'||Kamal Haasan|
|Vasu's father (V. Sivaramakrishnan)||Poornam Vishwanathan|
|Sapna's mother (Mrs. Kundanlal)||Shubha Khote|
|Sapna's father (Kundanlal)||Arvind Deshpande|
|Vasu's mother (Vandana)||Athili Lakshmi|
Ek Duuje Ke Liye marked the debut of three actors from South India in Hindi films: leading lad Kamal Haasan, leading lady Rati Agnihotri and supporting heroine Madhavi. Three of them received Filmfare nominations.
The only person who was missing in the Hindi remake who was in the original Telugu film Maro Charitra (1978) was leading lady Sarita, as her role was now played by Rati Agnihotri. Director K. Balachander, Kamal Haasan, Madhavi, and S.P. Balasubrahmanyam all repeated their artistry in the Hindi version.
|Ek Duuje Ke Liye|
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The music was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi. It was the first Hindi film for South Indian singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam; the music directors were initially against including him, feeling that the "Madrasi" would not do justice to a Hindi composition, but Balachander cited that if the lead character played by Haasan could not speak Hindi well, then even if Balasubrahmanyam blemished the song, it would "capture the character."
- "Tere Mere Beech Mein" – Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
- "Hum Tum Dono Jab Mil Jayen" – Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
- "Mere Jeevan Saathi" – S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Anuradha Paudwal
- "Hum Bane Tum Bane" – Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
- "Tere Mere Beech Mein" (Sad) – S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
- "Solah Baras Ki Bali Umar" – by Lata Mangeshkar, Anup Jalota
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Best Editing – N.R. Kitoo
- Best Lyricist – Anand Bakshi for the song "Tere Mere Beech"
- Best Screenplay – K. Balachander
- Best Film
- Best Director – K. Balachander
- Best Actor – Kamal Haasan
- Best Actress – Rati Agnihotri
- Best Supporting Actress – Madhavi
- Best Performance in a Comic Role – Asrani
- Best Story – K. Balachander
- Best Music Director – Laxmikant-Pyarelal
- Best Lyricist – Anand Bakshi for the song "Solah Baras Ki Bali Umar"
- Best Male Playback Singer – S. P. Balasubrahmanyam for the song "Tere Mere Beech"
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