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Haathi Mere Saathi (1971, Movie Review)

Orphaned Raju ( played by Superstar Rajesh Khanna), in the company of four elephants, has to perform with them at street corners, in order to keep alive. Slowly he amasses a fortune, and is able to build his own private zoo, housing tigers, lions, bears, and of course the four elephants. He treats all the animals as his friends. He meets with Tanu ( played by yesteryear Actress Tanuja .. who is mother to Kajol .. DDLJ Heroine), and both fall in love. Tanu’s dad, Ratanlal, is opposed to this alliance, but subsequently relents, and permits the young couple to get married.

Tanu is unhappy with the amount of time Raju spends with his animal friends, and this causes some bitterness between them. Things do not improve when a child is born, as Tanu fears that one day the child will be harmed by one of the animals, and hence Raju is told to make a choice between his animal friends or his wife and son. Interesting story .. this song .. ‘Duniya Mein Rehna Hai Toh..’ was popular number then.

I was a very small kid when the movie was released and my Dad got me a designer kurta just like Rajesh Khanna wears in the movie. I use to wear that and attempt to arrange my hair .. rajesh khanna style. 🙂

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About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.

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