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Directed by Asit Sen
Produced by Geetanjali
Written by Gulzar (dialogue)
Ashutosh Mukherjee (story)
Starring Rajesh Khanna
Waheeda Rehman
Music by Hemant Kumar
Gulzar (lyrics)
Cinematography Kamal Bose
Release date(s) 1969
Running time 127 min
Country India
Language Hindi

Khamoshi (Hindi: ख़ामोशी, Urdu: خاموشی, translation: "Silence") is a 1969 black-and-white Hindi film directed by Asit Sen, starring Rajesh Khanna and Waheeda Rehman. It especially remembered for its songs with music by Hemant Kumar and some haunting lyrics by Gulzar, who also wrote films equally effective dialogues. Though what really made this film stand out was the B &W cinematography by Kamal Bose, who won the Filmfare Award for its work. The film is considered Waheeda Rehman's finest acting feat, as she carries the entire film through her powerful yet understated acting, she received a Filmfare nomination for it [1].

The film was shot in Calcutta. The film is based on story titled, 'Nurse Mitra' by noted Bengali writer, Ashutosh Mukherjee, director Asit Sen had earlier filmed the story for the Bengali film Deep Jwele Jaai (1959) starring Suchitra Sen.

A Hollywood remake of the film, Silence, has been planned. It will be directed by Sanjay Patel and is rumoured to star Jennifer Aniston in the lead role.[2]



Director Asit Sen was different from the actor-comedian Asit Sen. Director Asit Sen acted in the original Bengali film Deep Jwélé Jaai (1959) in a role, which was essayed by Dharmendra in Khamoshi, where the movie-goers actually could not recognise him because it was a dark scene marked with the baritone voice of Hemant Kumar. Later he revealed himself in an interview in the 1990s.[1]

In the movie there is a scene from Sino-Indian War of 1962 where Waheeda Rehman is a nurse helping the injured Indian soldiers and telling Rajesh Khanna about her war experiences when the war was over and the brave were fighting and dying for their motherland.


Colonel Saab is a doctor in a psychiatry ward, and Nurse Radha (Waheeda Rahman) is heart-broken after a patient, Dev Kumar (Dharmendra), whom she cared for, pouring out her love and affection, leaves the hospital, as she had been unable to keep her heart separate from her professional work and had fallen in love with her patient. Next Arun Choudury (Rajesh Khanna), a writer and poet enters as a patient, suffering acute mania after being rejected by his lover, Sulekha. After refusing to take his care, Radha relents and starts nursing him.

Gradually Arun gets cured by the love of Nurse Radha, who yet again falls in love with her patient; on recovery Arun goes back to his old lover and moves out, but Radha be able to handle heartbreak this time? [3]



The music was composed by Hemant Kumar and some of the popular songs (written by Gulzar) of the movie are :

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