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Sparsh (1980)

  • Release Date1980
  • GenreRomance, Drama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time134 min
  • Length3988.71 meters
  • Number of Reels14
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number91970
  • Certificate Date30/01/1980

A simple story on how two people—one physically and the other emotionally handicapped, discover each other and in the process, the meaning of life.

The backdrop of the action is a blind school. Anirudh Parmar, himself blind, is the principal of the School. Far from being helpless and dependent, he is dynamic and somewhat aggressive. His desperate desire to be self-sufficient is almost an obsession. Kavita is a young widow who has been bereaved three years ago. She has become a recluse and nurses her grief single-mindedly.

Unwittingly, Kavita gets drawn into the fold of the School and its activities. Being with the blind children and doing things for them unwinds her. She begins to lead a useful life once again. Inevitably she and Anirudh get drawn to each other. They fall hesitantly in love and find a great solace in each other’s company. They get engaged. But their bliss is short-lived. While trying to understand each other, they generate misunderstanding. There are numerous complexes on either side.

Sparsh however is not a story of defeat and dejection. In spite of dealing with the handicapped and their problems, the film tries to project a message of hope and optimism. Kavita and Anirudh do not find any magic wand to ward off their problems. They do however, learn to surmount them with patience and faith. Wiser from experience, they rediscover each other—this time for keeps.


(From the official press booklet)