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Director  Lekh Tandon
Language  Hindi
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Musical, Fantasy
Country  India
Amrapali (film) movie poster
Release date  1966
Writer  Arjun Dev Rashk (dialogue), Omkar Sahib (screenplay), Omkar Sahib (story), Balbir Singh (additional dialogue)
Music director  Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal, Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi
Songs  Jao Re Jogi
Cast  Vyjayanthimala (Amrapali), Sunil Dutt (Magadh Samrat Ajaatha Shatru), Prem Nath (Senpati Veer), Bipin Gupta (Vaishalis Samrat), K N Singh (Badbadhra Singh)

Amrapali is a 1966 historical Hindi film, directed by Lekh Tandon, starring Vyjayanthimala and Sunil Dutt as leads. The rights to this film are owned by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment.


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It was based on the life of Amrapali (Ambapali), the nagarvadhu (royal courtesan) of Vaishali in present-day Bihar, the capital of the Licchavi republic in ancient India around 500 BC and Ajatashatru, the Haryanka dynasty king of the Magadha empire, who falls in love with her. Though he destroys Vaishali to get her, she in the meantime has been transformed by her encounter with Gautama Buddha, of whom she becomes a disciple and an Arahant herself. Her story finds mention in old Pali texts and Buddhist traditions.

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The film was selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 39th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. Though the film wasn't a commercial success, in time it started being seen as classic and is remembered not just for its dramatic cinematography of war scenes by Dwarka Divecha, and Bhanu Athaiya's costumes for which she travelled to the Ajanta Caves, to seek references in Buddhist frescoes of the era, to create period costumes that subsequently became a template for costumes of that era, but also for the strong Anti-war sentiment, the film reveals in the end.

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Love and renunciation in Amrapali Picture Perfect
  • Vyjayanthimala – Amrapali
  • Sunil Dutt – Magadh Samrat Ajatashatru
  • Prem Nath – Senpati Veer of Magadh
  • Bipin Gupta – Vaishali's Samrat
  • Gajanan Jagirdar – Kulpati Mahanam
  • K.N. Singh – Balbadra SIngh
  • Madhavi – Raj Nartaki
  • Mridula Rani – Raj Mata (Ajaat Shatru's Mother)
  • Ruby Mayer – Magadh's Empress
  • Narendra Nath – Lord Buddha
  • Baburao Pendharkar – In the song Neel Gagan Ki
  • Crew

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  • Art Direction: M.R. Acharekar
  • Dance director: Gopi Krishna
  • Costume Design: Bhanu Athaiya
  • Music

    Love and renunciation in Amrapali Picture Perfect

    Another highlight of the film was its music by the duo Shankar Jaikishan, then at the peak of their career, who gave a highly restrained yet fully Indian classical music-based score in the four songs, another rarity in the period film of the era to have so few songs. All the song were sung by Lata Mangeshkar who also has some of her career's finest among them, including, "Tumhen Yaad Karte Karte", "Neel Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein" and "Jao Re Jogi".

    In popular culture

    A scene clipping from the film, was used in the Dhoom tana song dance sequence in film Om Shanti Om (2007), wherein Deepika Padukone dances as Vyjayantimala, who was digitally removed from the frames, as Deepika was playing the role of an actor of the 1970s.


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