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Kaamna (1972)

  • Release Date1972
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time124 min
  • Length3909.67 meters
  • Number of Reels15
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number103233
  • Certificate Date14/12/1982 (Re-certification)
  • Shooting LocationFilmalaya Studios

Rekha is a very poor girl living in her small modest ancestral house. She lives with her step-mother, two younger step-sisters and a younger-step-brother. Her father has died a few years ago leaving a meagre amount in her name in a bank, for which her step-mother has never liked her. But her step-sisters and step-brother love their Didi more than their own mother. And this is for the fact that Rekha though only a few years older to them, has brought them up with extreme loving care. Rekha has graduated from the University.

Neeli, Gullu, Ritu are studying. Rekha is earnestly seeking a job to maintain the family. Money is completely exhausted. She isn't getting a job; but instead sometimes she gets indecent proposals from some of her prospective employers. At the point of suffering complete starvation she gets a job in a firm. Overwhelmed with emotion at getting the job she thanks her employer who is a young man with a handsome but serious face. But peculiarly enough this young man (Rajesh) reacts violently at this display of her motion and tells her curtly not ever again to thank him or say things in his praise. Dumbfounded Rekha agrees.

Though luckily Rekha gets the job, some troubles also brew up in her family. With a shock one day she discovers that Gullu, her brother is a dope-addict. Neeli is in love with a Hippie boy (Ashok). Slowly Rekha starts liking Rajesh as she discovers within his hard exterior a really nice and likeable person. But Rajesh maintains an unusually hard cold behaviour towards her. Rajesh has his own reason for it.

Troubles pile up for Rekha. But she faces them with one conviction. She has learnt that life is a continuous struggle. People continuously seek the solutions to the problems that confront them. But she knows that those who seek with a hope, with an aim to find something worth living for in their lives, not only make themselves happy at the end but bring happiness to others around them. This is her conviction.

[From the official press booklet]