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Kati Patang (lit. The Severed Kite) is a 1971 Indian Hindi-language film produced and directed by Shakti Samanta. It was a box office success.[3] The film stars Asha Parekh as a woman pretending to be a widow, and her ensuing trials and tribulations opposite her charming neighbour played by Rajesh Khanna. The film is among the 17 consecutive hits of Khanna between 1969 and 1971[4] and is the second of four films in which he was paired with Parekh.[5] According to newspaper The Hindu: "on screen, Rajesh Khanna never appeared to be lip-syncing. So convincing were his expressions. His presence, backed by the music, remained the main source of strength for a movie's success".[6]

Kati Patang
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Theatrical poster
Directed byShakti Samanta
Produced byShakti Samanta
Written byVrajendra Gaur
Gulshan Nanda
StarringRajesh Khanna
Asha Parekh
Prem Chopra
Nazir Hussain
Music byRahul Dev Burman
CinematographyV. Gopi Krishna
Edited byGovind Dalwadi
Naini Lake
Nainital Club
Natraj Studios
Distributed byShakti Films
United Producers
Asian Television Network
Release date
  • 29 January 1971 (1971-01-29)[1]
Box office3.80 crore (equivalent to 136 crore or US$20 million in 2018)[2]

The movie also stars Nazir Hussain, Bindu, Prem Chopra, Daisy Irani and Sulochana Latkar. The film was the second in a string of nine movies in which Samanta and Khanna collaborated. The music was composed by R.D. Burman and was a huge hit. "Ye Shaam Masthani" and "Pyar Deewana Hota Hein", sung by Kishore Kumar were particularly famous. The performance of Asha Parekh and Rajesh Khanna were praised by the audience and critics alike.[5] The film was remade in Tamil as Nenjil Oru Mul (1981) and in Telugu as Punnami Chandrudu (1987).[7][8] The core plot of the movie is based on the 1950 movie No Man of Her Own.


Madhavi "Madhu" (Asha Parekh) is an orphan living with her maternal uncle, who arranges her marriage with someone she does not know. Blinded in love with Kailash (Prem Chopra), she runs away on the day of the marriage. She discovers Kailash in the arms of Shabnam (Bindu). Heartbroken and dejected, she returns to her uncle, who had committed suicide from the humiliation. Realising that she has no one in life, Madhavi decides to leave town and head somewhere. She meets her childhood friend Poonam, who tells her about her husband's untimely demise in an accident and that she is on her way, along with her baby boy Munna, to stay with her in-laws whom she has never met before. Poonam manages to compel Madhu to accompany her as her plight is pitiful.

En route, Poonam and Madhu catch up until the train derails and end up in a government hospital. Poonam has lost her limbs. She knows that her end is near, so she makes Madhu promise that she will assume Poonam's identity, bring Munna up and continue life in Poonam's in-law's house. Madhu has no choice but to give in to a dying mother's wish. In the downpour on the way, the cabbie attempts to rob her but Kamal (Rajesh Khanna), a forest ranger, rescues her and gives her shelter until the sky is clear the next day. She learns that Kamal is the very man with whom her marriage was arranged.

Madhu leaves Kamal's home in shame and reaches Poonam's in-laws. Her father-in-law, Dinanath (Nazir Hussain) and mother-in-law (Sulochana) accept her and let her stay there. Kamal keeps visiting the house as he was the son of Dinanath's best friend. Soon, he realises that he is in love with Poonam.

Madhu's ill fate brings Kailash to Dinanath's house. He is after their money and is very close to revealing Madhu's identity. To be successful, he impresses all the members of the house, but Poonam takes a resentment to him. Dinanath soon realises Poonam's true identity and asks for the truth. When he realises what the matter really is, he accepts Madhavi and makes her the guardian of the Dinanath property which will be inherited by Munna. That night, Dinanath is poisoned by Kailash. Mrs. Dinanath accuses Poonam for what has happened and she is imprisoned.

Now Shabnam enters the life of the Dinanaths claiming that she is the real Poonam. Mrs. Dinanath, in rage, sends her away and is ready for no story. Kamal takes a dislike towards Madhu, learning the truth. However, he eventually realises the truth and gets Shabnam and Kailash arrested for their evil intentions and Madhavi is freed. When Kamal searches for Madhu, he realises that she has left without any notice and left a letter for Kamal, stating that she is going out of his life and so, he should not try to find her out. Kamal starts searching for her and finds her trying to jump from a cliff and stops her by singing a song. They hug.



Kati Patang was adapted from the novel of the same name by Gulshan Nanda. The film's story, also written by Nanda, was also based on the novel I Married a Dead Man, by Cornell Woolrich and had been previously made into a picture titled No Man of Her Own (1950) starring Barbara Stanwyck. The novel was also later filmed in Japanese as Shisha to no Kekkon (1960), in Brazilian as the TV miniseries A Intrusa (1962), in French as J'ai épousé une ombre (I Married a Shadow) (1983) and by Hollywood as Mrs. Winterbourne (1996).[1][9][10] Shakti Samanta has stated that he cast Asha Parekh, because he was "confident" that he could extract a "convincing performance from her." He had cast her in his earlier film, the under-rated Pagla Kahin Ka.[11]


Kati Patang
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedDecember 01, 1970
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
DirectorShakti Samanta
ProducerShakti Samanta
R. D. Burman chronology
Kati Patang
The Train

The music was composed by Rahul Dev Burman and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi. The songs sung by Kishore Kumar for Rajesh Khanna were the reason of film success, while Mukesh got to sing a number for the latter – a rare combination. Asha Bhosle performed "Mera Naam Hai Shabnam" in the talk-sung style of Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady (and thus often incorrectly dubbed "the first Hindi rap number").


Track Song Singer(s) Picturized on Duration
1 "Yeh Shaam Mastani" Kishore Kumar Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh 4:07
2 "Pyar Deewana Hota Hai" Kishore Kumar Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh 4:30
3 "Mera Naam Hai Shabnam" Asha Bhosle, R. D. Burman Bindu 3:05
4 "Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai" Kishore Kumar Rajesh Khanna 3:36
5 "Jis Gali Mein Tera Ghar" Mukesh Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh 3:40
6 "Na Koi Umang Hai" Lata Mangeshkar Asha Parekh 3:07
7 "Aaj Na Chodenge" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh 4:55

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The film was successful,[12] and it became the sixth highest earning Bollywood film of 1971.[13]

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  2. ^ BoxOffice Archived 2 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
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  8. ^ Kar, Arindam (3 December 2014). "Bollywood Films Remade in South Indian Film Industry | 2nd Edition – Koimoi". Koimoi. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  9. ^ Thomas S. Hishak, American Literature on Stage and Screen: 525 Works and their Adaptations. McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers (2012). p. 99
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  11. ^ Great Gambler
  12. ^ "Noted filmmaker Shakti Samanta passes away". The Times of India. 10 April 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  13. ^ Box Office India 1970 Archived 2 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953

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