Anurodh (English : Request) is a 1977 Hindi musical drama film, based on the 1963 Bengali film Deya Neya, produced by Girija Samanta and directed by Shakti Samanta. The film stars Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Mehra, Simple Kapadia, Rita Bhaduri, Ashok Kumar, Asrani, Asit Sen Utpal Dutt and Nirupa Roy. The music of the film is by Laxmikant Pyarelal.The movie revolves around a rich city boy (played by Khanna), who aspires to be a musician against his father's wishes and assumes a different identity to sing for a radio station, while his songs are written by a poor friend (played by Mehra)
Pyarelal quoted in an interview "Rajesh Khanna had great interest in music and a terrific sense of melody too. His music is dominated by Pancham (R.D.Burman) and us and we accepted Shakti Samanta’s Anurodh only because Rajesh Khanna had had some misunderstanding with Pancham then and did not want to work with him." Director Shakti Samanta said that although the film had an "interesting story", he felt that audiences didn't want to accept the leading man, Rajesh Khanna, doing romantic scenes with his real-life wife Dimple Kapadia's sister Simple Kapadia and this is the reason this film was just a superhit otherwise it would have been a bigger blockbuster.
Arun (Rajesh Khanna) was the only son of a rich businessman Mr. Chaudhury. He was an upcoming singer, sings in local radio, mostly the songs written by his friend Srikant (Vinod Mehra). His father wants him to look after their family business and thinks singing is not the kind of job for people of their status. This always leads to friction between father and son. On the other end, Srikant leads a very poor lifestyle along with his widowed mother. He earns living by writing songs and articles. Arun frequently helps them with money as Srikant becomes chronically ill and couldn't work outside.
While things are like this, one day Arun fights with his father and decides to leave his house for Calcutta (presently Kolkata). He joins as a singer there in local radio and works as a driver in the house of Mr. Mathur (Ashok Kumar). He uses name Sanjay Kumar to hide his identity. Mathur lives along with his grandchild Sunita (Simple Kapadia). He lost his son in a war and can't find the whereabouts of his daughter-in-law and grandson for which he continuously organizes search. Arun grows close with Sunita, headstrong granddaughter of Mathur. Sunita admires Sanjay Kumar without knowing that he and Arun are one and same. Mathur comes to know that Arun was the escaped son of his friend Chaudhury and informs him regarding Arun's whereabouts.
Meanwhile, Srikant's becomes critically ill and doctors diagnose it as end stage tuberculosis. His mother comes to Calcutta along with him. Arun gets shocked to see Srikant like that and swears to save him in anyway. He decides to organize a stage show though he rejects to do it till that minute. He sings on a stage and earns enough money for the operation. Surgeon recognizes Srikant's mother as lost daughter-in-law of Mathur and informs him. Srikant's operation becomes success and he gets reunited with his grandfather. Arun's parents come to Calcutta to see how their son became famous and his father changes his opinions regarding singing. At the end. everyone reconcile and Sunita and Arun marry.Rajesh Khanna .... Arun Choudhury / Sanjay Kumar / Pritam Nath Ghayal
Simple Kapadia as Sunita
Ashok Kumar .... Mr. Mathur
Vinod Mehra .... Shrikanth Mathur
Simple Kapadia.... Sumitha Mathur
Nirupa Roy .... Radha Mathur
Utpal Dutt .... R.K. Choudhary
Dina Pathak .... Sushma Choudhary
Rita Bhaduri .... Anju
Preeti Ganguly .... Manjeet
Asrani .... Bhishan Singh
All lyrics are given by Anand Bakshi and composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal
It received five out of five in the Bollywood guide Collections. The film grossed 6 crores at the box office in 1977. Music became super hit, especially the song 'Aapke anurodh pe' sung by Kishore Kumar.