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Khamoshi (Hindi: ख़ामोशी, Urdu: خاموشی‎, translation: "Silence") is a 1970 black-and-white Hindi drama film directed by Asit Sen, starring Waheeda Rehman and Rajesh Khanna. It is especially remembered for its songs with excellent music by Hemant Kumar and some excellent lyrics by Gulzar in songs such as "Tum Pukar Lo... Tumhara Intezaar Hai" sung by Hemant Kumar, "Woh Shaam Kuch Ajeeb Thi" by Kishore Kumar and "Humne Dekhi Hai In Aankhon Ki Mehekti Khushboo" sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Though what really made this film stand out was the B&W cinematography by Kamal Bose, who won the Filmfare Award for his work in the film and critical acclaim received for Rajesh Khanna's performance.[1] The film is considered Waheeda Rehman's finest acting feat, as she carries the entire film through her powerful yet understated acting; she received a Filmfare nomination for it.[2] This movie is often considered to be most successful film of Waheeda Rehman box-office wise as it ran due to the craze for Rajesh Khanna.[3]

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Directed byAsit Sen
Produced byGeetanjali
Written by Asit Sen (screenplay) Gulzar (dialogue)
Story byAshutosh Mukherjee
Based on'Nurse Mitra', a story
by Ashutosh Mukherjee
StarringRajesh Khanna
Waheeda Rehman Dharmendra
Music byHemant Kumar
Gulzar (lyrics)
CinematographyKamal Bose
Release date
April 25, 1970
Running time
127 min

The film was shot in Calcutta. The film is based on the Bengali short story titled Nurse Mitra by noted Bengali writer, Ashutosh Mukherjee and is a remake of director Asit Sen's own Bengali film, Deep Jwele Jaai (1959), starring Suchitra Sen. The Bengali original proved to be a hit at the box office, especially at the urban centres. Impressed by the story line, producer Vuppunuthula Purushotham Reddy and director G. Ramineedu remade the Bengali film into Chivaraku Migiledi (1960), which was a block buster. [4]This film is counted among the 17 consecutive hit films of Rajesh Khanna between 1969 and 1971, by adding the two-hero films Marayada and Andaz to the 15 consecutive solo hits he gave from 1969 to 1971.[5]



Director Asit Sen (not to be confused with the actor-comedian Asit Sen) acted in the original Bengali film Deep Jwele Jaai (1959) in a role which was essayed by Dharmendra in Khamoshi, where the movie-goers could not recognise Asit Sen, because it was a dark scene marked with the baritone voice of Hemant Kumar. Later, he revealed himself in an interview in the 1990s.[2] After his success in the off-beat films Mamta (1966) and Anokhi Raat (1968), Sen, wanting to make it big in Bombay as well, decided to remake his Bengali hit.

Actress Waheeda Rehman suggested the name of actor Rajesh Khanna, having been impressed by his work in Aakhri Khat (1966). She said that her own performance came "nowhere near Suchitra Sen." She credited the director for helping her a lot during difficult scenes.[6] Waheeda Rehman said in an interview that she could not meet the standards set by Savitri in Chivaraku Migiledi (1960) for the character.[4]


Colonel Sahab (Nazir Hussain), a world war II veteran doctor, is head of psychiatry ward. Nurse Radha (Waheeda Rehman) in the same ward is a heart-broken after a civilian patient, Dev Kumar (Dharmendra), whom she cured by pouring out her love and affection, left the hospital. But she had been unable to keep her heart separate from her professional work and had fallen in love with that patient. Now Arun Choudury (Rajesh Khanna), a writer and poet enters as a patient, suffering acute mania after being rejected by his lover, Sulekha, a singer. After refusing to take his care, Radha relents and starts nursing him. In between while caring for Arun, she reminisces about her past and tells a story of how she took care of injured brave army soldiers when she was posted in Ladakh during the Sino-Indian war of 1962.

Gradually, Arun is cured by the love and care of Nurse Radha, who yet again gets emotionally involved with her patient. Unable to hide from the truth yet unable to face it, Radha herself becomes emotionally deranged. Ironically she is admitted to the same room of the ward. Colonel Sahab regrets that he always saw a devoted nurse in her and omitted to see the woman inside her. Arun promises to wait for her until she recovers, finding no other options that he could choose to make her better again.[7]



The music was composed by Hemant Kumar and some of the popular songs (written by Gulzar) of the movie are :

Awards and nominationsEdit


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  2. ^ a b c Khamoshi 1969 The Hindu, 16 August 2008.
  3. ^ "The best of Rajesh Khanna".
  4. ^ a b Narasimhan, M. L. (28 January 2016). "Chivaraku Migiledi (1960)" – via
  5. ^ "Eight lesser known facts about Rajesh Khanna on his death anniversary". 18 July 2015.
  6. ^ "'Asitda was a rare talent'". The Times of India. 26 August 2001. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  7. ^ Khamoshi Review and synopsis
  8. ^ Khamoshi songs
  9. ^ "1st Filmfare Awards 1953" (PDF).

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