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Kanyadaan (1968 film)

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Mohan Segal

Release date
1968 (India)



Drama, Romance


Asha Parekh smiling while Shashi Kapoor looking at her in a movie poster of Kanyadaan (1968 film)

Release date

Bhakri (story), Sarshar Sailani (dialogue)

Music director
Shankar Jaikishan, Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal, Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi

Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe

(Amar #1), (Rekha), (Bansi), (Bansis mother-in-law),
Bela Bose

Kanyadaan (Daughter’s Marriage) is a 1968 Hindi social romantic drama film directed by Mohan Sehgal. The film was produced by Rajendra Bhatia for Kiron Productions. The story and screenplay was written by Bhakri with dialogue by Sarshar Sailani and director of photography was K. H. Kapadia. The music direction was by Shankar Jaikishan and lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri and Gopaldas Neeraj. The film starred Asha Parekh, Shashi Kapoor, Om Prakash, Achala Sachdev, Dilip Raj and Sayeeda Khan.


Asha Parekh and Shashi Kapoor in a movie poster of Kanyadaan (1968 film)

The plot revolved around the social issue of child marriage. Rekha and Amar are married off as children, they grow up to fall in love with different people and are ultimately unacceptable of the marriage performed in childhood.

Asha Parekh smiling while Shashi Kapoor looking at her in a movie poster of Kanyadaan (1968 film)

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Asha Parekh smiling while Shashi Kapoor looking at her in a movie poster of Kanyadaan (1968 film)

Film starts with a hockey match between the girls' team Bulbuls, and the boys' team Heroes. The girls win by 2 goals to one. Amar (Dileep Raj) from the boys' team and Lata (Sayeeda Khan) from the Bulbul team are attracted to each other. Amar Kumar (Shashi Kapoor) a poet, and friends with Amar. People often get confused with their names as their names are same. When Kumar knows about his friend's love, he takes initiative to marry them and promises Lata's father that he would take care of her as she has no in-laws to do so. Kumar, on the way to a town on business has a car break down and meets Rekha (Asha Parekh), a village girl. She invites him to stay at their house as he has no other place to go and Kumar accepts it. Tender emotions grow between them and next morning he leaves for business.

Asha Parekh smiling with Shashi Kapoor in a music video of Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe

When he started back, he purposefully stops at her village. Convinced about Rekha's feelings for him, he approaches her mother to ask her hand in marriage. But when Rekha's mother (Achala Sachdev) reveals that Rekha was already married to a guy named Amar in her childhood and even Rekha was oblivious to that till now, he gets shocked. She gives him a photo of wedding and asks him to help her to find Amar, as she couldn't find where he lives now. Kumar silently goes away and Rekha, being a girl who respects traditions to core, accepts her fate and tries to forget Kumar. But When Kumar returns later with a photo of his childhood with his parents and his driving licence stating that his full name is Amar Kumar, she feels so happy and comes to his home as his wife.

Asha Parekh smiling with Shashi Kapoor in a movie poster of Kanyadaan (1968 film)

However, Kumar later reveals the truth that original Amar was already married to Lata and she shouldn't disturb their peaceful marital life. He tells her that he loves her very much and asks her to accept the truth and marry him. But Rekha, sad and enraged leaves his house to kill herself but lands in the house of Amar and Lata. They treat her sympathetically, thinking that her husband might caused her trouble and thrown her out of house. Rekha understands that this is real Amar's house and seeing that he already settled peacefully in his life, doesn't reveal the truth. Kumar feels sad and depressed and turns to drinking. Meanwhile, tensions start to build in Amar's house due to overindulgence of innocent Rekha in household matters. Later, when Lata becomes enraged after learning about her husbands marriage, Rekha again decides to end her life. But her mother comes to them and tells Rekha that marriage that has happened in their childhood, without their consent was not a marriage at all, and real kanyadan( giving away bride in marriage by her parents or guardians) would happen when parents give away their adult daughter with her consent. Rekha at last accepts Kumar as a husband and everyone lives happily then.


  • Shashi Kapoor as AmarKumar
  • Asha Parekh as Rekha
  • Om Prakash as Bansi
  • Dilip Raj as Amar
  • Sayeeda Khan as Lata
  • Achala Sachdev as Rekha’s mother
  • Madhumati
  • Sabita Chatterjee
  • Laxmi Chhaya
  • Sarita Joshi as Rekha's friend Sarita_Joshi
  • Tun Tun as Bansi’s mother-in-law
  • Nazir Kashmiri
  • Indira Bansal
  • Box-office

    The film was a box-office success, doing a business of 1.5 crore, making it the fourth highest earner of 1968. However, according to IBOS the film made 2.34 crores (1968) which adjusted to present day gross would be 244.58 crores.


    The film’s music was composed by Shankar Jaikishan with lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri and Neeraj. The singers providing playback were Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle and Mahendra Kapoor. The film turned out to be a success with Shankar Jaikishan's music and songs like "Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe" and "Meri Zindagi Mein Aate". In particular, "Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe" is an evergreen song which has attracted more than 26 million views on YouTube (as on 2 September 2017), which is a lot more than the views received by many popular Bollywood songs.


    Kanyadaan (1968 film) Wikipedia
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