Kasauti (1974)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 37 mins

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This social drama follows the fluctuating fortunes in the life of Sapna (Hema Malini), who is a slum dweller of Bombay seeking refuge from a drunken outburst of her foster father (Satyendra Kapoor). Heera (Ramesh Deo), a playboy smuggler, has an eye on Sapna and wants to have her for his pleasure. Amit (Amitabh Bachchan), an educated taxi driver saves Sapna from the clutches of Heera but soon she is accused of attempting to assault her perverse foster-father and is sent to prison for six months. Sapna's mother (Sulochana Latkar) in a fit of anger kills Sapna's foster father. Amit promises to marry Sapna on her acquittal but on the eve of their marriage Amit's father (Murad) refuses to accept it. Not wanting to break up Amit's family, Sapna quietly walks out of his life and leaves the city. Amit and his friend Pyarelal (Pran) search for Sapna but do not succeed. In Calcutta, Sapna becomes an instant hit on the stage through Ashok Babu (Vijay Sharma). One day, Ashok proposes to her. Does Sapna climb down from her ladder of fame and return to her poor past? Or does she marry Ashok and opt for a life of fame?

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini

Crew: Aravind Sen (Director), Aloke Dasgupta (Director of Photography), Anandji Virji Shah (Music Director), Kalyanji Virji Shah (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Family

Release Dates: 05 Aug 1974 (India)

Hindi Name: कसौटी

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Did you know? The title music was later reused in Nai Din Nai Raat (1974), Darling Darling (1977) and Lahu Pukarega (1980). Read More
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as Amitabh Sharma
as Sapna
as Hariram
as Shyam
as Panchu
as Pyarelal
as Heera
as Sapna's foster father
Supporting Actress
as Nita
as Sapna's mother
as Ashok Babu
as Ramu






Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


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Black & White
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24 fps
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The film was lacking a lead actor for a long time. Hema Malini's secretary was impressed by Amitabh and got him the role, despite the producer's disapproval. However, Amitabh had become a popular actor by the time the movie was released.

The title music was later reused in Nai Din Nai Raat (1974), Darling Darling (1977) and Lahu Pukarega (1980).