Silsilais a 1981 Hindi romantic drama film directed by Yash Chopra. The film
stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha and Sanjeev Kumar. Kulbhushan
Kharbanda and Shashi Kapoor make a special appearance in the film.
Orphaned at very
young age, brothers Shekhar Malhotra (Shashi Kapoor) and Amit Malhotra
(Amitabh Bachchan) lead independent lives. Shekhar is a Squadron Leader with
the Indian Air Force, and Amit is an emerging writer. Shekhar has fallen in
love with the lovely Shobha (Jaya Bachchan), while Amit seeks to woo the
attractive Chandni (Rekha). Amit finds professional success as a playwright
in Delhi, enjoying a successful launch into the circles of Delhi's
intellectual elite. Amit's passion and dedication to his craft wins Chandni's
affections for Amit, and they share a brief, blissful period of courtship.
prepare to arrange her wedding to Amit. Both Shekhar and Amit plan to marry
at the same time, but Shekhar is killed in air combat against PAF, leaving a
pregnant Shobha behind. Taking pity on Shobha, Amit marries her and writes to
Chandni to forget him. This news breaks Chandni's heart. She goes on to marry
Dr. V.K. Anand (Sanjeev Kumar), who is in love with her.
once more, and Shobha loses her child in a car accident. With no child to
bind them together, Amit and Shobha drift apart. Amit runs into Chandni and
they secretly rekindle their romance. They meet on the sly until a fateful
night when Chandni accidentally hits a passerby on the way home from a tryst
with Amit. The police get involved but Amit manages to hush the matter up.
But the secrecy of the affair is endangered by the fact that the police
inspector in charge of investigating the accident is Shobha's cousin (played
by Kulbhushan Kharbanda), who is determined to expose Amit's affair with
Chandni. Soon Amit decides that he can no longer continue his loveless
marriage to Shobha and wishes to reconcile with Chandni. This news shatters
Shobha - who had long known of Amit's affair - but she does not lose hope.
She believes that if her love is true he will return to her. Similarly,
Chandni's husband Dr. Anand is aware of and devastated by Chandni's
infidelity. Dr. Anand leaves on a business trip, assuring Chandni he will be
back soon, hopeful that she will be there when he returns. Amit and Chandni
leave town to start a new life elsewhere, but tragedy strikes. Chandni's
husband Dr. Anand's plane crashes, causing the lovers to rush to the wreckage
site visible to them from the overhead helicopter they are making their
escape in. Rushing into the fray to save Dr. Anand, Amit is confronted by
Shobha, who in a moment of turmoil reveals that she is expecting his child.
When Dr. Anand is rescued from the wreckage Chandni realises her love for her
husband. The film ends with a song depicting Amit and Shobha living happily
in marriage and an end title saying, "Love is faith and faith is