Sindoor (1987 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. Ravi Shankar
Produced byA. Krishnamurthy
Written byKader Khan (dialogues)
Anand Bakshi (lyrics)
Screenplay byGyandev Agnihotri
StarringShashi Kapoor
Jaya Prada
Rishi Kapoor
Neelam Kothari
Music byLaxmikant-Pyarelal
Edited byWaman Bhonsle
Gurudutt Shrirali
Tinu International Films
Release date
  • 14 August 1987 (1987-08-14)
Running time
165 minutes

Sindoor (English: Vermilion; Hindi: सिन्दूर) is a 1987 Bollywood drama film, produced by A. Krishnamurthy under the Tinu International Films banner, directed by K. Ravi Shankar. It stars Shashi Kapoor, Jaya Prada, Jeetendra, Rishi Kapoor, Govinda, Neelam Kothari in the pivotal roles and music composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The film was a remake of Tamil film Unnai Naan Santhithen (1984). The film was remade as Sumangali (1989) in Telugu, starring Krishnam Raju, Jaya Prada in the lead roles.[1][2]


The film opens with widowed Laxmi (Jaya Prada), a loving and caring mother to Lalita (Neelam Kothari), a young college-going, devoted daughter. Ravi (Govinda) is a fellow collegian and a brilliant student. Gulshan Grover also is a student of the same college. Vijay Choudhury (Shashi Kapoor) joins the college as English Professor. He shares a good rapport with the students. After a few misunderstandings, Lalita and Ravi fall in love. In a college function, Lalita sings the song "Patjhad Saawan Basant Bahaar", where she forgets the lyrics and the song is completed by Professor Vijay Choudhury. Upon asking how he knew the song, he replies that this was a very famous song and his wife's favourite. Lalita tells him she learned the song from her mother.

At his home, he remembers his wife and here the movie goes into a flashback. Vijay and Laxmi are a happily married couple. Vijay is a professor, whereas Laxmi is a singing partner to Kumar (Rishi Kapoor). They make a hit singing pair. This leads to a budding misconception between Vijay and Laxmi. Vijay forces Laxmi to leave the home. That very day, Vijay comes to know that Kumar is getting married and his misconceptions are cleared, but Laxmi is nowhere to be traced.

The movie comes back to the present. Laxmi knew about Lalita and Ravi's love and she meets Advocate Dharamdas (Kader Khan), Ravi's maternal uncle and guardian, fixes their marriage, with a condition to pass the final year exams with good numbers. Lalita asks Vijay for home tuition. On visiting Lalita's home, Vijay sees Laxmi in widow's attire; completely shocked (again having misconceptions) he resigns from the college. Lalita informs Laxmi about this. Laxmi meets Vijay at his residence, and tells him the story about her new avatar.

Again a flashback. After leaving his home, Laxmi came to Pune to meet her friend Sunita (Moushumi Chatterjee, the only photograph is shown in the movie). On the way, she saves a little girl named Lalita from an accident. Prem Kapoor (Jeetendra) is the father of this girl. He thanks Laxmi and wants to drive her home. Here, she tells him about her friend Sunita. Prem informs her that he is Sunita's husband and about her death, shows her Sunita's photograph in his room with a garland over it signifying her death. He requests Laxmi to stay at least for a day as its Lalita's birthday the next day and act like her mother as Lalita is a heart patient and she doesn't know about her mother's death. To which she initially disagrees, but finally acts like her mother. On the very night of her birthday, Lalita is kidnapped by Shera (Shakti Kapoor), Prem's stepbrother. He asks for all of Prem's properties as a ransom. Prem agrees, but is stabbed by Shera while saving Lalita. Shera is imprisoned. While taking his last breaths, he requests that Laxmi take care of and bring up Lalita as her own child. To spare Lalita from any shock and not letting her know that she isn't her mother, Laxmi acquires widow's getup. The story is again back to the present. Vijay apologizes to Laxmi for misunderstanding her twice.

He takes back his resignation and starts giving Lalita and Ravi home tuition at Lalita's place. Shera is back from jail and finds the whereabouts of Prem's family. Vijay and Laxmi started meeting each other, which once Ravi saw and informs Lalita about the affair between her mother and Professor Vijay. Which Lalita disbelieves and they have a breakup. Ravi confronts Vijay and warns him to leave the city. Shera takes advantage of the situation and beats Vijay up telling him Ravi is responsible for this. Laxmi knowing about Vijay's condition meets him. Lalita is shocked after she saw her mother hugging professor Vijay. She tries to commit suicide and is saved by Ravi. She decides to leave her home with her father's photograph. Laxmi tries to stop her, but she leaves. Vijay meets Advocate Dharamdas and tells him all the story so as to reconcile the family. Ravi is furious seeing Vijay at his home and insults him. Dharamdas stops him and tells the story to Ravi. Lalita is again kidnapped by Shera. He again asks the same ransom what he asked 14 years back, to which Laxmi agrees. Laxmi goes to meet Shera with the agreed ransom. Then a good fight scene at the climax. Gulshan Grover (Shera's nephew, also a bad guy) is killed by Shera. Shera shoots at Lalita. To save Lalita, Laxmi takes the bullet, is unconscious and Professor Vijay held her. Her Mangalsutra, which she always hides, is out. Another misunderstanding and Lalita is all tears, ready to leave the scene. Shera succumbs to the stabbing earlier in the climax by Gulshan Grover. Police arrive. Lalita is stopped by Ravi. Advocate Dharamdas tells Laxmi's story to Lalita. Lalita realizes her mistake ask for forgiveness from Laxmi. All reconcile.

The film also has Asrani as Chunilal and Aruna Irani as Ramkatori in a comic role. Lots of misunderstandings.



# Title Singer(s)
1 "Patjhad Saawan Basant Bahaar" Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Aziz
2 "Naam Saare Mujhe Bhool Janey Lagey" Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Aziz
3 "Patjhad Saawan Basant Bahaar" (Sad) Lata Mangeshkar
4 "Chalo Chalo Door Kahin" Mohammed Aziz, Kavita Krishnamurthy
5 "Jhat-Pat Ghunghat Khol" Kishore Kumar, Hariharan
6 "Patjhad Saawan Basat Bahaar" Lata Mangeshkar, Suresh Wadkar


The movie was well received by critics as well as by masses and was a commercial success. Jayaprada was highly appreciated for her performance. Unfortunately no award ceremony took place in the year of 1987 and 1988.


  1. ^ "Movie Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Movie Review". Gomolo. Retrieved 16 December 2012.

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