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Aakhri Khat
Directed by Chetan Anand
Produced by Himalaya Films
Written by Chetan Anand
Starring Rajesh Khanna
Indrani Mukherjee
Music by Khayyam
Kaifi Azmi (lyrics)
Cinematography Jal Mistry
Editing by Jadav Rao
Distributed by Prabha Pictures
Release date(s) 1966
Running time 153 min
Country India
Language Hindi
Preceded by Haqeeqat (1964)
Followed by Heer Raanjha (1970)

Aakhri Khat (English: The Last Letter) is a 1966 Hindi film written and directed by Chetan Anand. This is Rajesh Khanna's first film released, but actually his debut film is Raaz, which was released a year later. The music of the film is by Khayyam and lyrics by Kaifi Azmi, and the team gave noted songs like, Baharon Mera Jeevan Bhi Sanwaro, sung by Lata Mangeshkar.

Chetan Anand, started the film with a bare outline of a script and a 15-month-old infant who he let loose in the city, following him with his camera, mostly a hand-held camera, taking in all the city sounds, under the cinematic direction of Jal Mistry [1]

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Plot

Govind (Rajesh Khanna) is a young sculptor, while vacationing near Kullu, sees Lajjo (Indrani Mukherjee) and falls in love. Subsequently, they get married secretly in a village temple. He then has to leave for the city to pursue further education. Meanwhile, the girl finds that she is pregnant. On finding this her step mother sells her off for Rs. 500, where she is beaten, some time later she gives birth to a little boy, Buntu. Later Lajjo comes to Mumbai to meet Govind, carrying her one year old son. She leaves a letter for him at his doorsteps, and want to leaves the child as well, is unable to go through it, and takes him along. They keep wandering, and feed off whatever comes their way, soon she dies leaving her son alone.

The rest of the film is a story of the little child, wandering around the city. He goes out of the house, eating whatever he finds, including a pill, which makes him doze off. On waking up, he wanders even more and more into the city. Meanwhile Govind, comes know all through a letter she has left behind, Aakhri Khat (Last Letter), he soon realizes his mistake and with the help of police tries to find his wife and son, though only finds his wife's body. Later, he shows the Police inspector Naik, (Manvendra Chitnis), the statue of Lajjo he has kept in his studio.

The child is then rescued by a man who is a staff member of an orphanage nearby. He escapes from that place at night. And after a long time of wandering here and there, and after the help of some people, he ultimately reaches home to find a statue of his lost mother, and a new lady, who is now his new mother.[2]

Cast

  • Rajesh Khanna - Govind
  • Indrani Mukherjee - Lajjo
  • Master Bunty - Buntu
  • Nana Palsikar
  • Manvendra Chitnis - Inspector Naik
  • Mohan Choti - Moti (Servant)
  • Tun Tun
  • Maruti Rao
  • Naqi Jehan - Wealthy young woman

Soundtrack

The soundtrack includes the following tracks, composed by Khayyam, and with lyrics by Kaifi Azmi, also marked the debut of Bhupinder Singh as a solo playback singer.[3]

Aakhri Khat
Soundtrack by Khayyam
Released 1966 (India)
Genre Film soundtrack
Label EMI
Producer Khayyam
Khayyam chronology
Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain
(1965)
Aakhri Khat
(1966)
Shagun
(1964)
Song Singer (s)
Aur Kuchh Der Thahar Mohd. Rafi
Baharon Mera Jeevan Bhi Sanwaro Lata Mangeshkar
Mere Chanda Mere Nanhe Lata Mangeshkar
O My Darling Manna Dey
Rut Jawan Jawan Raat Mehrbaan Bhupinder Singh

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