Chitralekha

Chitralekha , India, 14 February 1964

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime: 110 Minutes
  • Director: Kidar Sharma

Story

Chitralekha is a 1964 historical-philosophical Hindi film, directed by Kidar Sharma, starring Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari and Pradeep Kumar. It was based on 1934 Hindi novel by the same name by Bhagwati Charan Verma about Bijgupta serving under the Maurya Empire and the king Chandragupta Maurya (340 BCE – 298 BCE) and his love for courtesan Chitralekha. Films music and lyrics were by Roshan and Sahir Ludhianvi and noted for his songs like, "Sansaar Se Bhaage Phirte Ho" and "Man Re Tu Kaahe".

It was remake of Chitralekha (1941) also directed by Kidar Sharma, which was the second grossing Indian film of 1941. Though unlike its previous version, this one didn't do well at the box office, critics have suggested bad script and incorrect casting as reasons.