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Tohfa (English: Gift) is a 1984 Indian masala film produced by D. Ramanaidu under the Suresh Productions banner and directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. It stars Jeetendra, Jaya Prada and Sridevi in the lead roles and music composed by Bappi Lahiri[1] The film is a remake of the Telugu film Devata (1982). The film upon its release was a massive box office success, grossing ₹9 crore, becoming the highest-grossing Indian film of 1984.[2]

Tohfa
Tohfa (1984 film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. Raghavendra Rao
Produced byD. Rama Naidu
Written by
Screenplay byK. Raghavendra Rao
Based onDevata (1982 film)
by K. Raghavendra Rao
Starring
Music byBappi Lahiri
CinematographyK. S. Prakash
Edited byK. A. Marthand
Production
company
Release date
  • 3 February 1984 (1984-02-03)
Running time
160 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Box office9 crore (equivalent to 105 crore or US$15 million in 2018)

The film's narrative follows siblings Janki and Lalita who both fall for Ram, their good friend. When Lalita learns that Janki loves Ram, she steps back and allows her sister to marry him. It was a direct remake of Raghavendra Rao's Telugu blockbuster Devatha (1982), with Sridevi and Jaya Prada reprising their roles. [3] At the 32nd Filmfare Awards, Tohfa received three nominations: Best Comic Actor (Kapoor), Best Music and Best Lyrics "Pyaar Ka Tohfa Tera."[4].

The story was drew inspiration from the 1959 Tamil film Kalyana Parisu, directed by C. V. Sridhar, who also directed its Hindi remake, Nazrana, (1961) starring Raj Kapoor and Vyjayanthimala and the 1960 Telugu movie Pelli Kanuka.

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PlotEdit

Janaki (Jayaprada) and Lalita (Sridevi) are sisters who love each other dearly. Lalita and Ram (Jeetendra) fall passionately in love with each other. Unknown to them, Janaki is also in love with Ram. When Lalita finds out, she decides to sacrifice her relationship with Ram. In haste, she marries a good-for-nothing man (Shakti Kapoor), who is arrested by the police immediately afterward. Unaware of Lalita's true motive, Ram and Janaki are furious with her.

Lalita moves away and is not seen for several years. Ram and Janaki get married and live happily; their only sorrow is their inability to have children. Many years later, Ram meets Lalita again. She is working in an office and singlehandedly bringing up her son. To his shock, Ram realizes that he is the father of Lalita's son. The child had been conceived in a moment of passion between Ram and Lalita before they separated. Ram is torn between his loyalty to his wife Janaki and the pull of affection towards his son. Janaki, now expecting a child, finds out about her sister's reappearance but misunderstands the whole situation. She begins to suspect Ram and Lalita of cheating on her. However, at last, all the misunderstandings are cleared up. The true extent of Lalita's sacrifice becomes known to Janaki, who feel very guilty. Janaki gives birth to a daughter and passes away, leaving the baby and Ram in Lalita's care.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

All songs[5] are composed by Bappi Lahiri and lyrics are penned by Indeevar.

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Pyar Ka Tohfa Tera"Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle5:45
2."Gori Tere Ang Ang Main"Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle7:16
3."Ek Aankh Marun Toh"Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle5:25
4."O Milan Maunjo Se Maunjo Ka"Asha Bhosle, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:39
5."Albela Mausam Kehta Hai Swagtam"Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar5:29

Marketing and receptionEdit

Producer D. Rama Naidu employed huge billboards and cut outs for film's publicity before its release and managed to create considerable public interest. Upon its release, Tohfa was immediately noticed for its item number "Pyar Ka Tohfa Tera" picturised on Jaya Prada and the risque "Ek Ankh Marun To", picturised on Sridevi sung by Asha Bhonsle, both of which became chartbusters.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Pulse of the people". The Hindu. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 January 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Remake Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ List of Filmfare Award Winners and Nominations, 1953-2005
  5. ^ http://www.hindigeetmala.net/movie/tohfa_1984.htm

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