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Ek Duuje Ke Liye (transl. (We Are Made) For Each Other) is a 1981 Hindi romantic tragedy film directed by K. Balachander, starring Kamal Haasan and Rati Agnihotri. It was a remake of the director's own Telugu film 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.[1][2] 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. Got No. 6 on Box-Office collection list.[3]

Ek Duuje Ke Liye
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Directed byK. Balachander
Produced byL. V. Prasad
Written byK. Balachander
Music byLaxmikant-Pyarelal
CinematographyB. S. Lokanath
Edited byN. R. Kittu
Release date
  • 5 June 1981 (1981-06-05)
Running time
163 minutes
Budget10 million
Box office100 million (US$1.4 million)[1]


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 when Vasu and Sapna commit suicide by jumping off a cliff.


Character's name Played by
S. Vasudevan 'Vasu' Kamal Haasan
Sapna Rati Agnihotri
Sandhya Madhavi
Chakram Rakesh Bedi
Vasu's father (V. Sivaramakrishnan) Poornam Vishwanathan
Jagannath Satyen Kappu
Sapna's mother (Mrs. Kundanlal) Shubha Khote
Danny Raza Murad
G. Haribabu Asrani
Sapna's father (Kundanlal) Arvind Deshpande
Vasu's mother (Vandana) Athili Lakshmi
Librarian Sunil Thapa

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
Soundtrack album by
Released1981 (1981)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
External media
  Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube
  Video Song Jukebox on YouTube

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."[4]

Two portions of "Tere Mere Beech Mein" were later sampled in the hit 2004 Britney Spears song "Toxic" as part of its hook.[5]

Original Tracklist
1."Tere Mere Beech Mein"Anand BakshiLata Mangeshkar,
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
2."Hum Tum Dono Jab Mil Jayen"Anand BakshiLata Mangeshkar,
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
3."Mere Jeevan Saathi"Anand BakshiS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Anuradha Paudwal4:57
4."Hum Bane Tum Bane"Anand BakshiLata Mangeshkar,
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
5."Tere Mere Beech Mein (Sad)"Anand BakshiS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:34
6."Solah Baras Ki Bali Umar"Anand BakshiLata Mangeshkar, Anup Jalota6:48
Total length:30:03

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Box Office 1981". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 3 September 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
  2. ^ "'Vishwaroop' gets good response in Hindi belts". Times of India. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  3. ^ List of Bollywood films of 1981
  4. ^ K, Bhumika (10 August 2014). "'I know what I don't know'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Does Britney Spears 'Toxic' Owe Its Catchy Melody To A Bollywood Song?". UPROXX. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2018.

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