HOMAGE AND TRIBUTES SHAKTI SAMANTA (January 13, 1926-April 9, 2009 The Indian film director and producer was born in Burdwan, West Bengal. He joined the film industry in 1948 as an assistant director to filmmakers like Gyan Mukherjee, Satish Nigam and Phani Majumdar at Bombay Talkies. Samanta directed his first feature film, Bahu in 1954. After the success for his next few films, Inspector (1956), Sheroo (1956), Detective (1957) and Hill Station (1957), he started his own production company, Shakti Films, in 1957. Samanta went on to direct 43 feature films, including 37 Hindi, and six Bengali films. His best known films include Howrah Bridge, China Town, Kashmir Ki Kali and An Evening in Paris. He is credited for starting the trend of making double version films, in Hindi and Bengali, with Amanush in 1974.
ARADHANA Hindi/169 min/Colour/1969 The film opens against the backdrop of idyllic hilly terrain of Darjeeling with airforce officer Arun (Rajesh Khanna) crooning “Mere sapno ki rani” atop an open jeep, while Vandana (Sharmila Tagore) demurely sneaks glances at him from a mini train. After a brief romance, they have a secret wedding. Soon afterwards, Arun dies in an air crash leaving behind a heartbroken and pregnant Vandana. His family refuses to accept the unwed mother-to-be since her marriage with Arun had not been never formalised. Vandana is finally forced to let a childless couple adopt her newborn son, Suraj. But determined to be a part of his life, she accepts the responsibility of becoming his nanny. Producer and Director : Shakti Samanta Story : Sachin Bhowmick Cast : Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Farida Jalal