- 2 hr 21 min
Sangdil is a romantic drama film from 1952, directed by R.C. Talwar and starring two of Bollywood's biggest stars of the time, Madhubala and Dilip Kumar. The film is based on the novel "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen and tells the story of two sisters, Mala and Kamla, who are forced to choose between love and duty. Mala (Madhubala) and Kamla (Shammi) are two sisters who live with their father and their stepmother. Mala is beautiful, intelligent and practical, while Kamla is emotional and naive. Mala is in love with her childhood friend, Ramesh (Dilip Kumar), but her father doesn't approve of him because he is not wealthy enough. When Ramesh's father dies, they lose everything and Ramesh goes away to try to make something of himself. Meanwhile, Kamla falls in love with a wealthy young man, Rajan (Kanhaiyalal), who is also Ramesh's friend. Rajan proposes to Kamla and she accepts, but Mala knows that Rajan is only interested in her sister's beauty and money. She tries to warn Kamla, but she doesn't listen. Ramesh returns after several years and has become quite successful. He still loves Mala and proposes to her, but she turns him down because she feels that she has a duty to her family and her sister. Kamla and Rajan get married, but Kamla soon realizes that Rajan only cares about her money and she is miserable. Mala struggles with her feelings for Ramesh and her loyalty to her sister. She eventually decides to sacrifice her own happiness and arranges for Ramesh to marry Kamla instead. Kamla realizes her mistake and begs Mala to forgive her, but Mala tells her that she has done the right thing and wishes them both happiness. The film features some excellent performances from its lead actors, particularly Madhubala, who was known for her beauty and grace on screen. Dilip Kumar also delivers a strong performance as the lovestruck Ramesh, while Dara Singh Randhawa, one of Bollywood's most famous wrestlers, makes a brief appearance as a strongman. The film's music, composed by Sajjad Hussain, is another highlight, with several memorable songs that are still popular today. Lata Mangeshkar's beautiful rendition of "Yeh Hawa Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni" is particularly noteworthy. Overall, Sangdil is a well-crafted and emotionally powerful film that explores the themes of love, duty, and sacrifice. Its timeless storyline and memorable performances have made it a classic of Bollywood cinema.