Milan (1967 film)
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Milan is a 1967 Hindi film directed by Adurthi Subba Rao. It was a remake of his hit Telugu film Mooga Manasulu (1963) and was produced by L. V. Prasad. The film stars Sunil Dutt, Nutan, Jamuna (reprising her role from the original Telugu version), Pran and Deven Varma. The award-winning and very popular music was given by Laxmikant Pyarelal. It is among the earliest films to deal with the theme of reincarnation.
|Directed by||Adurthi Subba Rao|
|Produced by||L.V. Prasad|
|Written by||A Mullapudi|
|Music by||Laxmikant Pyarelal|
|Edited by||Tirunagari. Krishna|
|Distributed by||Rajshree Pictures|
The movie starts with the marriage of Radha Devi and Gopinath (Nutan and Sunil Dutt). They start on their honeymoon and have to pass across a river on a ferry boat. While they are in the middle of the river, Gopinath suddenly begins to hallucinate about a whirlpool and shouts that they are going to die. Despite of the reassurances from Radha and the boatman, Gopinath couldn't be calmed, so Radha orders the boatman to take them to the nearby shore. Once they reach there, Gopinath starts to say things about Bibiji and a palace that should be there. Radha gets confused and follows him.
They meet with an old man who tells them that Bibiji and Gopi are long dead and their palace was now in ruins. Gopinath asks about Gowri, the shepherd girl. The old man tells them that she is still alive and would come daily to the graves of Gopi and Radha. While they are talking, an old lady comes there and Gopi recognizes her as Gowri. They go to her and she too recognizes them and tells them that they took rebirth to live together in this life. She starts to narrate their story.
Gopi was a poor orphan living with his grandmother in a village on the banks of Ganges. He carries passengers on his boat across the river for a living. Radha was a daughter of a zamindar and studies in the city college. Gopi carries her across the river and gives her a rose everyday. Radha finds his innocence lively and maintains a platonic relation with him. He teaches her a song which makes her the winner of singing competition in the college. Gowri (Jamuna), a shepherd girl has feelings for Gopi and always thinks that they are going to marry one day despite of Gopi's disinterest for her. Meanwhile, Rambabu (Deven Varma), Radha's classmate gets attracted to her and starts pursuing. He writes a letter to Radha expressing his love. Radha gets angry for that and sends Gopi to teach him a lesson. But her step mother finds that letter and thinks that Radha is also interested in Rambabu. She sends her brother and Radha's uncle (Pran) to settle this matter.
He meets with Rambabu and finds out that he is the heir of a very rich and respectable Roy family and he sincerely wants to marry Radha. He settles their marriage and Radha's parents feel happy about it. Meanwhile, Radha starts to acknowledge her feelings for Gopi and gets shocked to know that her parents settled her marriage with Rambabu. She tries to explain, but her father thinks that she was already in love with Rambabu and there is nothing to discuss. She goes to Gopi and tells him about her betrothal and he receives it passively. He indirectly indicates that whatever their feelings for each other are, class difference wouldn't allow any sort of relation between them. Radha accepts her fate and marries Rambabu and leaves her village.
As fate has different plans, she comes back to her father's house two months later as a widow. Everybody including her parents, uncle, Gopi and Gowri are shocked and feel bad to see her like that. Her father who was already ill, can't bear to see her in that condition and has a massive heart attack and loses his voice. Radha's uncle tries to molest Gowri, but Gopi comes between and saves her. This leads to acrimony between Gopi and him. Gopi continues to meet Radha to console her and to give her courage to live. But Gowri becomes irritated with their relation and fights loudly with Gopi regarding that. This leads to rumors in the village of Radha's affair with Gopi and Radha's mother gets disturbed. Even Radha's in-laws reject to give her share in their property as she was unfaithful to her husband.
At last these rumors reach Radha's ears and she goes to Gopi to talk about them. She gets surprised to see how Gopi made his little hut a temple for her. She realizes that he loved her dearly and asks him to elope with her. Gopi hesitates, but she tells him that she no longer cares about the society who has no sympathy for her. They start crossing the river and her uncle follows them with villagers. Gowri, feeling repentant for spreading rumors, offers her body to Radha's uncle, who asks in return to stop the hunt. He agrees and stops the villagers, but a whirlpool comes and takes Radha and Gopi in.
In the present day, Gowri feels happy to see them as a couple and dies in the hands of Gopinath.
The lyrics of the film were career-defining for Anand Bakshi and helped take him to the "top", with songs like "Sawan Ka Mahina Pawan Kare Sor", "Ram Kare Aisa Ho Jaaye" and "Bol Gori Bol". The music was given by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal who won their second Filmfare award for best music director for this movie. The playback singers used were Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh.
|1||"Sawan Ka Mahina"||Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar|
|2||"Hum Tum Yug Yug Se (Part 1)"||Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar|
|3||"Bol Gori Bol Tera Kaun Piya"||Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar|
|4||"Aaj Dil Pe Koi"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|5||"Hum Tum Yug Yug Se (Part 2)"||Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar|
|6||"Main To Diwana"||Mukesh|
|7||"Ram Kare Aisa Ho Jaye"||Mukesh|
|8||"Ye Geet Milan Ke"||Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar|
|9||"Bol Gori Bol Tera Kaun Piya"||Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar|
|10||"Aaj Dil Pe Koi Zor Chalta Nahin"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|11||"Tohe Sanwariya"||Lata Mangeshkar|
Awards & NominationsEdit
- Peter Cowie (1977). World Filmography: 1967. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. pp. 264–. ISBN 978-0-498-01565-6. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- Sankar, K. N. Murali (23 July 2015). "'Mooga Manasulu' fame river bank hogs limelight". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
- Tilak Rishi (2012). Bless You Bollywood!: A Tribute to Hindi Cinema on Completing 100 Years. Trafford Publishing. pp. 146–. ISBN 978-1-4669-3963-9. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- "Milan (1967)". hindigeetmala.net. Hindi Geetmala. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
-  Archived 13 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- 31st Annual BFJA Awards. Awards For The Year 1967. bfjaawards.com (1968)