Andaz is a 1971 Hindi romantic movie starring
Shammi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Rajesh Khanna and Simi Garewal. The film was
directed by Ramesh Sippy. The film was a considerable success and important
in the career of Malini as an actress. The film features "Zindagi Ek
Safar Hai Suhana", one of the best known Bollywood yodels which also
featured on the soundtrack of Mira Nair's Mississippi Masala.The song fetched
singer Kishore Kumar a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Male
Playback Singer. When this film released, films of Shammi Kapoor were not
doing well at the box office. The 10-minute cameo including made by Rajesh
Khanna is credited for turning Andaz (1971) into a hit film.This film is
counted among the 17 consecutive hit films Rajesh Khanna between 1969 and
1971, by adding the two hero films Marayada and Andaz to the 15 consecutive
solo hits he gave from 1969 to 1971.Further this film is the first of the
successful script writing that Salim-Javed started.
This film tells the story of a widow Sheetal
(Hema Malini) who is left devastated after the death of her husband Raj,
(Rajesh Khanna). She is left with a son to take care of for life. By
profession she is a teacher in a school. One of her student is the daughter
of widower Ravi (Shammi Kapoor). The children become instrumental in getting
the single parents to meet and fall in love with each other.
Andaz was one of the last movies for which the
great music directors duo, Shankar- Jaikishan composed music together.
Jaikishan died of liver cirrhosis on 12 September 1971 at the young age of
42. "Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana" (Life is a beautiful journey)
turned out to be the last song that Jaikishan recorded before his death.
Andaz also proved to be the last hit for
Shammi Kapoor as a lead. The success of this movie is credited to the Rajesh
Khanna Mania of the 70s, as Rajesh Khanna only appeared for 15 minutes in the
movie, and still created a stir. However, Shammi's performance was well
received and it is considered to have been one of the most uncharacteristic
roles in his acting career. So also, Ajit played a sympathetic man who
repents for his mistake not to accept Hema Malini as his daughter in law
after the death of his son Rajesh Khanna.
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Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini,
Simi Garewal, Ajit, Aruna Irani, Achala Sachdev, David Abraham, Roopesh
Kumar, Sonia Sahni, Alankar Joshi & Saul George