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When the makers fell in love with two classic stories of Rabindranath Tagore, made two great films, one of them won five national awards

Bollywood Movies Lekin and Kabuliwala Stories: If you like reading novels and stories besides watching movies, then you will definitely like two classic films based on the stories and novels of the great poet Rabindranath Tagore. One of them is a mysterious musical film that won five National Awards, while the other film continues to attract cinema lovers 60 years after its release.

New Delhi: Many films have been made on the classic stories and novels of Rabindranath Tagore, of which two Hindi films are very special. The first is Kabuliwala, released in 1961 and the second is Lekin, directed by lyricist Gulzar and produced by Lata Mangeshkar.

Adorned with the beautiful acting of Balraj Sahni, ‘Kabuliwala’ is based on Rabindranath Tagore’s short story Kabuliwala. In the film, Balraj Sahni plays the role of an Afghan businessman who sells cashew almonds, who sees the image of his daughter in a little girl and spontaneously develops a beautiful relationship with her.

Director Hemen Gupta has beautifully brought to screen the story of ‘Kabuliwala’, who travels thousands of kilometers away from his family and daughter to earn a living. This film has touched viewers’ hearts for decades because of its emotional story. Usha Kiran also plays an important role in the film.

The 1991 film Lekin, directed by Gulzar, is inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s story Khudhit Pashan. The film is about a man named Sameer who is attracted to a girl named Reva whose existence is in question. It is said that Rabindranath Tagore was inspired to write this story after a stay at the Moti Shahi Palace in Shahibagh, Gujarat.

Vinod Khanna played the role of Sameer in Lekin and Dimple Kapadia played the role of the mysterious girl Reva. Amaj Khan, Alok Nath and Bina Banerjee also appeared in the film. Hema Malini plays a special role in the film. Due to its excellent songs, music, art and story, the film won five national awards at the 38th National Film Awards.

‘Lekin’ was produced by legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and took four years to produce. There are a total of 9 unique songs in this musical film, of which “Yaara Seely Seely” became very popular and still has millions of fans today. Gulzar had won the National Award for Best Lyricist. Hridaynath Mangeshkar won the National Award for Best Music Director and Lata Mangeshkar won the National Award for Best Playback Singer. The best actress award went to Dimple Kapadia.

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