Saathi (Hindi: साथी ) is a 1968 Hindi Romantic drama film written and directed by C. V. Sridhar. The film starred Vyjayanthimala and Rajendra Kumar in the lead with Simi Garewal, Pahari Sanyal, David Abraham Cheulkar, Veena and Ram Mohan as the ensemble cast while prominent actors such as Shashi Kapoor, Nanda, Sanjeev Kumar, Shabnam, D.K. Sapru and Pratima Devi made guest appearances. The film was produced by S. Krishnamurthy and T. Govindarajan of Venus Pictures. The film's score was composed by Naushad with lyrics provided by Majrooh Sultanpuri. It was edited by N. M. Shankar and filmed by Marcus Bartley.
Saathi is a triangular love story among Ravi, Shanti and Rajni. The film was a remake of the 1961 Tamil film Palum Pazhamum, which was directed by A. Bhimsingh and starred Sivaji Ganesan, B. Saroja Devi and Sowcar Janaki.
Dr. Ravi returns from abroad and takes up a position as chief surgeon in a hospital. He meets with Nurse Shanti, who lives an impoverished lifestyle with her ailing mother, on whom he decides to perform surgery, but she passes away. A guilt-ridden Ravi marries Shanti much to the chagrin of his mentor, Kaka, who had hoped that he would marry his daughter, Rajni.
The couple travel to Kashmir for their honeymoon, and settle down to a harmonious relationship. Hoping to travel more, their plans are interrupted by the hospital's head doctor, who wants Ravi to focus on cancer research. The couple drop their travel plans and immerse themselves in research so much so that Shanti becomes ill, and not wanting to become a burden, leaves. A frantic Ravi searches high and low in vain, and is subsequently devastated to learn that she has perished in a train accident. Kaka then becomes very ill and Kaki tells Ravi that the cause of his illness is Rajni's insistence that she not marry anyone except Ravi. As a result, Ravi marries her but is unable to get Shanti out of his mind. An embittered Rajni feels neglected and decides to confront him, resulting in his losing his vision, perhaps never to see again, and unable to do any further cancer research.Vyjayanthimala as Shanti
Rajendra Kumar as Ravi
Simi Garewal as Rajni
Pahari Sanyal as Rajni's Father
David Abraham Cheulkar as Head Doctor
Veena as Rajni's Mother
Ram Mohan as Ravi's Colleague
Guest appearances include:Shashi Kapoor as actor during the filming of Raja Saab
Nanda as actor during the filming of Raja Saab
Sanjeev Kumar as Ashok
D.K. Sapru as Mr. Philips
Radhakrishan as Sadhuram
Pratima Devi as Shanti's Mother
The film's soundtrack was composed by Naushad while the lyrics were provided by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
At the end of its theatrical run, the film had grossed around ₹1,76,00,000 and nett grossed of ₹88,00,000, thus becoming the eleventh highest grossing film of 1968 with verdict average.Won
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Simi Garewal
Filmfare Award for Best Editing - N. M. Shankar