Aandhi (1975)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 45 mins

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A combination of marital romance and political intrigue. A woman politician, Aarti Devi (Sen), fights an election against the powerful Chandersen. Her headquarters are in a hotel owned and managed by her estranged husband J.K. (Kumar). Their memories of life together are intercut with the election campaign, the opposition turning her nightly meetings with her ex-husband into a scandal. She eventually wins the election following an impassioned speech from Chandersen’s platform in which she proclaims the man to be her husband and insists on her right to marital privacy. The Bengali musical superstar Suchitra Sen’s last Hindi film role is controversial because of her character’s obvious references, during the Emergency, to Indira Gandhi (e.g. the streak of white hair; the reference to an ambitious father who caused her marriage to break up), producing some mild censorship problems. There were some popular Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar duets such as Is mod se jaate hain, Tere bina zindagi and Tum aa gaye ho noor aa gaya hai.

Cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Suchitra Sen

Crew: Gulzar Kalra (Director), K Vaikunth (Director of Photography), Rahul Dev Burman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Musical

Release Dates: 13 Feb 1975 (India)

Hindi Name: आंधी

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Did you know? "Tere Bina Zindagi Se" was sampled in the song "Mister Niteroi" by Black Alien. Read More
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as Aarti Devi
as Brinda Kaka
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as Gurusaran
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as Lallu Lal
as Chandrasen


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Black & White
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It was alleged that the film was based on the life of the then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her relationship with her estranged husband, but in reality, only the look was inspired by the politician Tarkeshwari Sinha and Indira Gandhi.

The movie was initially banned because of the lead character's similarities with the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. It was later re-released.

"Tere Bina Zindagi Se" was sampled in the song "Mister Niteroi" by Black Alien.