Saaransh (1984)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 17 mins

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Saaransh is a story of an old Maharashtrian couple living in Shivaji Park, Mumbai, coming to terms with the death of their only son who is killed in a mugging incident in New York. Devastated to learn that their child has been killed, former headmaster B.V. Pradhan and his wife, Parvati, grieve. With their son dead, there is no income coming in, so they rent out a room in their Shivaji Park apartment to a budding Bollywood actress, Sujata Suman, who has been having an illicit affair with Vilas, the only son of a politician named Gajanan Chitre. Vilas lacks the guts to tell his father that he is in love and would like to marry Sujata and puts off any marriage plans. They get intimate and as a result, Sujata gets pregnant. When Pradhan finds out, he offers to take Sujata to meet Gajanan with the hope that he will permit her to become his daughter-in-law. Gajanan not only refuses, he also threatens them: He warns them of dire consequences if Sujata does not abort the child and moves away to another town. Pradhan refuses to let Sujata out of his house, and then begins the stalking and harassment by Gajanen's men. Pradhan goes to file a police complaint but is told that the police cannot even touch Gajanan's men. Sujata has no choice but to continue to seek shelter with Pradhan and Parvati. Sujata does not know that they have a secret agenda of their own in keeping her within their sight.

Cast: Anupam Kher, Rohini Hattangadi

Crew: Mahesh Bhatt (Director), Adeep Tandon (Director of Photography), Ajit Verman (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 25 May 1984 (India)

Hindi Name: सारांश

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as B.V. Pradhan
as Parvati Pradhan
as Chief Minister Shashikant
as Pandit / Astrologer
as Interviewer
as Hyder Ali
as Phillips
as Gajanan Chitre
as Gajanan Chitre's Goon
as Sujata Suman
as Vishwanath
as Police Inspector
as Dr. Bhatt




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This film marks Anupam Kher's screen debut.

Anupam Kher was just 28 years old when he played his role of an elderly person.

In the pivotal scene where Anupam Kher haggles with the customs officials to recover his son's ashes, since Anupam Kher had no reference of such a situation, he tapped into all his hardships as struggling actor in Mumbai to reach the emotional point. The scene was shot at an office space in Film City, Mumbai, and was completed in a single take, without rehearsals or use of glycerin.