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Maryada (film)

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Director  Aravind Sen
Country  India
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Family, Romance
Language  Hindi
Maryada (film) movie poster
Release date  1971
Writer  Satish Bhatnagar (dialogue), Suhrid Kar (screenplay), Suhrid Kar (story)
Music director  Anandji Virji Shah, Kalyanji Virji Shah
Songs  O Sajna Dhol Jani
Similar movies  Mala Sinha and Rajendra Nath appear in Maryada and Holi Ayee Re

Maryada (meaning decorum, conduct) is a 1971 Bollywood tragedy film directed by Arabind Sen. The film stars Rajesh Khanna, Raaj Kumar and Mala Sinha.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.



The story of the film revolves around twin girls born in a poor household in a remote village hamlet. Scared with the prospect of raising two girls, the beleaguered parents hand over one girl to their close confidante and friend with a promise that he would rear her as her own. One of the girls, Laxmi, who grows up with her foster father falls in love with Raja Babu (Raaj Kumar), a wealthy estate owner with properties in Bombay and Coorg. However, the match is not approved by Raja Babu’s father, Bade Thakur, leading to a prolonged estrangement between the two. Meanwhile, Raja Babu and Laxmi tie the knot in the village temple and are living a happy life when Bade Thakur solicits the service of his nephew, Pran Bahadur (Pran). Pran successfully uses his devious machinations to wean away Raja Bahadur and Laxmi, making them believe that the other is dead.

Meanwhile, Lalitha (Mala Sinha) is spurned by her would be husband and his family as they are unable to meet their dowry demand due to the ruthless attitude of Bade Bahadur who refuses to lend a measly amount to his faithful employee. Matters are made worse when a conman and convict, Diwan (Abhi Bhattacharya, in a rare negative appearance) dupes Lalitha. Her father is not able to bear the trauma and succumbs. An enraged Lalitha decides to overcome her poverty by becoming a dancer. Lalitha meets Rajan (Rajesh Khanna), an unemployed youth who has found favour with Raja Bahadur. Raja Bahadur makes Rajan take his place embarking in a search for Laxmi.

From here on the mistaken identities lead to the usual misunderstanding resulting in kidnappings and action. However, the denouement is quite predictable for a film with a happy ending.


  • Mala Sinha as Laxmi / Lalita
  • Raaj Kumar as Raja Babu
  • Rajesh Khanna as Raja Babu / Rajan Ram Bahadur
  • Pran as Pran Bahadur
  • Helen as Singer / Dancer (Dil ka lena dena humne..)
  • Rajendra Nath
  • Bipin Gupta
  • Asit Sen Dhondumalas
  • Jankidas
  • Abhi Bhattacharya as Diwan (Lalita's husband)
  • Dulari as Lalita's mom
  • Songs

    The film score is composed by the musical duo Kalyanji–Anandji. The lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi.


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