Saathi (lit.'Partner') is a 1968 Hindi romance film written and directed by C. V. Sridhar. The film starred Rajendra Kumar and Vyjayanthimala in the lead with Simi Garewal, Pahari Sanyal, David Abraham Cheulkar, Veena and Ram Mohan as the ensemble cast while prominent actors such as Shashi Kapoor, Nanda, Sanjeev Kumar, Shabnam, D.K. Sapru and Pratima Devi made guest appearances. The film was produced by S. Krishnamurthy and T. Govindarajan of Venus Pictures. The film's score was composed by Naushad with lyrics provided by Majrooh Sultanpuri. It was edited by N. M. Shankar and filmed by Marcus Bartley.

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Directed byC. V. Sridhar
Written byRaj Baldev Raj
Story byC. V. Sridhar
Based onPalum Pazhamum
(1961 film)
Produced byS. Krishnamurthy
T. Govindarajan
StarringRajendra Kumar
Simi Garewal
Pahari Sanyal
CinematographyMarcus Bartley
Edited byN. M. Shankar
Music byNaushad
Distributed byVenus Pictures
Release date
19 January 1968
Box office1,76,00,000

Saathi is a triangular love story among Ravi, Shanti and Rajni. The film was a remake of the 1961 Tamil film Palum Pazhamum, which was directed by A. Bhimsingh.[1][2]


Dr. Ravi returns from abroad and takes up a position as chief surgeon in a hospital. He meets with Nurse Shanti, who lives an impoverished lifestyle with her ailing mother, on whom he decides to perform surgery, but she passes away. A guilt-ridden Ravi marries Shanti much to the chagrin of his mentor, Kaka, who had hoped that he would marry his daughter, Rajni.

The couple travel to Kashmir for their honeymoon, and settle down to a harmonious relationship. Hoping to travel more, their plans are interrupted by the hospital's head doctor, who wants Ravi to focus on cancer research. The couple drop their travel plans and immerse themselves in research so much so that Shanti becomes ill, and not wanting to become a burden, leaves. A frantic Ravi searches high and low in vain, and is subsequently devastated to learn that she has perished in a train accident. Kaka then becomes very ill and Kaki tells Ravi that the cause of his illness is Rajni's insistence that she not marry anyone except Ravi. As a result, Ravi marries her but is unable to get Shanti out of his mind. An embittered Rajni feels neglected and decides to confront him, resulting in his losing his vision, perhaps never to see again, and unable to do any further cancer research.


Guest appearances include:


When C.V.Sridhar approached Naushad for composing, he listened to the songs of the original film Paalum Pazhamum which was composed by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy in Tamil. After listening to the songs, Naushad wrote a letter to M.S.Viswanathan saying that he cannot replace the wonderful music which he has composed and he's declining the project. Later, Naushad accepted to compose for the film only on Viswanathan's request. The film's soundtrack was composed by Naushad while the lyrics were provided by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

# Song Singer Lyricist Duration
1 "Aankhen Khuli Thi" Mukesh Majrooh Sultanpuri
2 "Bhool Ja" Mukesh Majrooh Sultanpuri
3 "Husne-e-Jaana" Mukesh Majrooh Sultanpuri
4 "Main To Pyar Se" Lata Mangeshkar Majrooh Sultanpuri
5 "Mera Pyar Bhi Tu Hai" Mukesh and Suman Kalyanpur Majrooh Sultanpuri
6 "Mere Jeevan Saathi" Lata Mangeshkar Majrooh Sultanpuri
7 "Yeh Kaun Aaya" Lata Mangeshkar Majrooh Sultanpuri

Box officeEdit

At the end of its theatrical run, the film had grossed around 1,76,00,000 and netted 88,00,000, thus becoming the eleventh highest grossing film of 1968 with a verdict of average.[3]




  1. ^ "RMIM Archive Article Number: "41"".
  2. ^ Marja Evelyn Mogk, ed. (2013). Different Bodies: Essays on Disability in Film and Television. McFarland. p. 122.
  3. ^ "Box Office 1968". Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  4. ^ "The Winners – 1968". Indiatimes. Archived from the original on 9 March 2004. Retrieved 6 May 2011.

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