Mera Saaya

Mera Saaya, India, 21 October 1966

Thakur Rakesh Singh (Sunil Dutt) is married to a beautiful woman named Geeta (Sadhana). Geeta falls ill when Rakesh is abroad, prompting him to return. But he returns only to see Geeta dying in his arms, resulting in him going in a state of depression. Some time later, a criminal named Raina/Nisha (Sadhana in double role), who is the wife of dacoit Ranjit Singh (Prem Chopra), gets arrested along with her gang. But to everybody's astonishment, she claims that she is the dead Geeta.

Rakesh goes to see her and finds that Raina indeed looks like Geeta, but he is unable to believe her, as he had cremated Geeta with his own hands.But Nisha insists that she is the Thakur's wife, Geeta. But after some time a courtroom drama ensues. Thakur Rakesh Singh cross-investigates her as a lawyer, and Raina tells him all the things only Geeta could have known. She even divulges some intimate details about him that only a wife could know. Thakur Rakesh Singh is astonished and perplexed but he does not give in. Raina's claims seem to be genuine, until Rakesh asks her about a diary of Geeta, which is missing. Raina is unable to disclose the location of the diary, which was known only to Geeta and Rakesh. Fully convinced that Geeta is indeed dead and Raina is an impostor, Rakesh has her convicted. As a result of this trauma, she loses her mental balance and ends up in a mental asylum. That same night, somebody breaks into Rakesh's household. Rakesh is ready, as he has assumed that Ranjit will come to his home to kill him. Police are already in the hiding to arrest Ranjit. At the same time Raina/Nisha comes to Rakesh's house.What is the reason behind her arrival and what will be Ranjit's next step?

Climax - The one in police custody is his his actual wedded wife and the one that died was her sister separated in childhood (how else in a Hindi movie?). Husband was not aware of his wife's look-alike twin sister as she didn't tell him. The dead one (his sister-in-law) is living with a dacoit gang leader. When in medical trouble she seeks help, stays incognito with her happily married sister, dies and cremated by her brother-in-law. At the end the dacoit comes and grieves at his dead girl friend's (or wife?) grave whereas the original pair is reunited as before. It's a good movie, a copy of original Telugu movie predating it by five years.

  • Genre: Romantic
  • Runtime: 140 Minutes
  • Director: Raj Khosla

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Mera Saaya (Hindi: मेरा साया; Urdu: میرا سایا‎; translation: My Shadow) is a 1966 Indian Hindi film directed by Raj Khosla. The film was a remake of Marathi film called Pathlaag (Chase). The film's music is by Madan Mohan and lyrics by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan. The film stars Sunil Dutt and Sadhana. This is director Raj Khosla's third film with Sadhana after Ek Musafir Ek Hasina(1963) and Woh Kaun Thi? (1964). The film became a "superhit" at the box office, taking the third spot on the highest grossing film of 1966 in India.

It won the Filmfare Best Sound Award for Manohar Amberkar. The songs "Jhumka Gira Re", "Naino Mein Badara Chhaye", "Tu Jahan Jahan Chalega" became superhit.