Baseraa, India, 25 September 1981

Sharda (Raakhee) and Nima (Rekha) are sisters living with their widowed father. Sharda gets married to Balraj Kohli (Shashi Kapoor), a businessman, and they have a son, Sagar. Nima also marries a wealthy young man. But Nima's husband dies in an accident immediately after the marriage. Sharda, unable to see her sister as a widow, becomes mentally ill and is admitted to Pune Mental Hospital. After 14 years, an inmate strikes Sharda on her head, and she loses consciousness for several days. When she regains her senses, she remembers everything that happened 14 years ago, but is unable to recollect her life in the mental hospital. Her psychiatrist discharges her to the care of her husband and family. Sharda comes home and finds that everything is about the same, except that her son has grown up and is about to be engaged. She sees Nima still wearing a widow's garb. A few months later, Sharda sees Nima clad in a married woman's attire, and starts suspecting that everything is not what it seems. She then finds out that Balraj had married Nima and also had a son with her. Sharda, then pretends to have lapsed back into the mentally unstable state she was earlier in. The only two people who are in on her secret are the doctor and her daughter-in-law. Its a very open movie with no hidden intrigues or unnecessary side plots which take away from the main theme. There is no melodrama anywhere, just good actors trying to portray a family in emotional turmoil.

  • Genre: Romantic
  • Runtime: 134 Minutes
  • Director: Ramesh Talwar


Baseraa is a 1981 Indian Bollywood film. The film was produced by Ramesh Behl, and directed by Ramesh Talwar. The film stars Shashi Kapoor, Raakhee, Rekha, Poonam Dhillon, Raj Kiran, A.K. Hangal and Iftekar. The music of the film is by R.D. Burman.

The film was remade in Telugu as Thodu Needa (1983) and in Tamil as Kanmaniye Pesu (1986).