Kati Patang

Kati Patang, India, 29 January 1971

Madhavi (Asha Parekh) is an orphan living with her maternal uncle, who arranges her marriage with someone she does not know. Blinded in love with Kailash (Prem Chopra), she runs away from the marriage procession. She discovers Kailash in the arms of Shabnam (Bindu). Heartbroken and dejected, she returns to her uncle, who committed suicide from the setback. Madhavi realizes that she has no one in life. So she decides to leave town and head somewhere. She meets her childhood friend Poonam (uncredited) who tells her about her husband's untimely demise in an accident and she is on her way, along with her baby boy Munna, to stay with her in-laws whom she's never met before. Poonam manages to compel Madhavi to accompany her as her plight is pitiful.

En route Poonam and Madhavi chit-chat until the train derails. Madhu and Poonam end up in a Government hospital. Poonam has lost her limbs. She knows that time is up, so takes an oath from Madhu that she will assume Poonam's identity, bring Munna up and continue for her in-law's house. Madhu had no choice but to obey. On the way, the cabbie attempts to rob her until Kamal (Rajesh Khanna), the forest ranger rescues her and gives her shelter until the skies are clear the next day. She soon learns that Kamal is the very man she was about to marry.

  • Genre: Romantic
  • Runtime: 161 Minutes
  • Director: Shakti Samanta
  • Awards: Filmfare Best Actress Award: Asha Parekh


Kati Patang is an 1970 Indian Hindi movie produced and directed by Shakti Samanta. It was a box office success. The Hindi title of the film translates as "Cut Kite", a kite whose cord has been cut and is therefore drifting. The film stars Asha Parekh as a woman pretending to be a widow, and her ensuing trials and tribulations. The story, written by Gulshan Nanda, is based on the novel I Married a Dead Man, by Cornell Woolrich and had been previously made into a picture titled No Man of Her Own (1950) starring Barbara Stanwyck. The novel was also later filmed in French as J'ai épousé une ombre (I Married a Shadow) (1983), and by Hollywood as Mrs. Winterbourne (1996).

The movie also stars Nasir Hussain, Bindu, Prem Chopra and Rajesh Khanna. The film was the second in a string of nine movies in which Samanta and Khanna collaborated.

The film was remade in Telugu as Punnami Chandrudu with Sobhan Babu.