Kanyadaan , Haiti, 01 January 1968

Kanyadaan (Daughter’s Marriage) is a 1968 Hindi social romantic drama film directed by Mohan Sehgal. The film was produced by Rajendra Bhatia for Kiron Productions. The story and screenplay was written by Bhakri with dialogue by Sarshar Sailani and director of photography was K. H. Kapadia. The music direction was by Shankar Jaikishan and lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri and Neeraj. The film starred Asha Parekh, Shashi Kapoor, Om Prakash, Achala Sachdev, Dilip Raj and Sayeeda Khan.

The plot revolved around the social issue of child marriage. Rekha and Amar are married off as children, they grow up to fall in love with different people and are ultimately unacceptable of the marriage performed in childhood.

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime: 149 Minutes
  • Director: Mohan Segal


The film starts with a hockey match between the girls' team Bulbuls, and the boys' team Heroes. The girls win by 2 goals to one. Amar (Dileep Raj) from the boys' team and Lata (Sayeeda Khan) from the Bulbul team are attracted to each other and get married. Kumar (Shashi Kapoor) a poet, and Amar are good friends. Kumar decides to go to a village and his car has a break-down where he meets Rekha (Asha Parekh), a village girl. They both fall in love and decide to get married. But when Rekha's mother (Achala Sachdev) is approached with the proposal she refuses the marriage stating that Rekha was already married in childhood to a boy called Amar. When Kumar returns to the city he realises that Amar, who is now married to Lata, is the childhood groom involved in Rekha's life. Rekha comes to the city and finds out about Amar when she unwittingly falls in front of his car. But seeing he’s married, she keeps silent about their childhood marriage, and starts working in their house as a maid. Kumar tries to convince Rekha that a marriage taking place when they were children does not legally constitute as one. Rekha disagrees, but over time and several tense scenes later, things are sorted out when Rekha's mother declares that a marriage performed in childhood is illegal and not binding. Rekha and Kumar get married.