Sanyasi (1975)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 3 mins

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Renukadevi is widowed and the mother of a son named Ram. Her husband had indulged in all possible vices, and passed away unexpectedly. Her father-in-law, Rai, does not want Ram to repeat his father's mistakes, and teaches him all the positive values of the Hindu religion, in particular the contents of the Holy Book "Geeta". As a result, Ram refrains from all known vices, is an expert in yogic exercises, decides to live the life of a celibate, and refuses to marry anyone. When Rai passes away, Renuka asks Ram to fulfill his grandfather's last wishes, one of which was to get married. She even arranges his introduction to Aarti, an attractive young woman. But Ram is convinced that marriage is not for him. Renuka is overjoyed when her estranged brother, Gopinath, and his son, Rakesh, return from abroad. With their help she hopes to get Ram marries with Aarti. Then things get complicated when Rakesh falls in love with Aarti. Ram leaves town to attend to business, and circumstances propel Renuka to will her entire estate to Rakesh and change his name to Bharat, with the blessings of a renowned saint named Ishwar Baba. After this ceremony, the people around Renuka start showing their true colors, and after an open-palmed stinging slap from Aarti, Renuka realizes that her place in this house is now worse than that of a lowly servant. Renuka now finds out that Aarti, Gopinath, and Rakesh are not who they claim to be, but will this realization be enough to reverse the order of events, or does fate have something even worse in store for Renuka?
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Did you know? This was the last film in which Mukesh sang for Shankar Jaikishan. Read More
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as Champa
as Ram Rai
as Radhika
as Munimji
as Roop Chand
as Family Advocate
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as Devotee
Supporting Actress
as Champa's Mother
as Mangal Mistry's Man
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Shanti Baba 'Guruji'
as Banwari
as Girdhari
as Ranjeet
as Renuka Devi
as Hakim Rahim Khan




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This is the first film music composer Shankar got after Jaikishan's death. He proved critics wrong by showing his individual capability. All the same, the film's credits read "Shankar Jaikishan".

This was the last film in which Mukesh sang for Shankar Jaikishan.