Daag: A Poem of Love

Daag: A Poem of Love
Daag: A Poem of Love
Directed by Yash Chopra
Produced by Yash Chopra
Written by Gulshan Nanda (story)
Akhtar-Ul-Iman (dialogue)
Starring Sharmila Tagore
Rajesh Khanna
Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal
Cinematography Kay Gee
Editing by Pran Mehra
Release date(s) April 27, 1973 (1973-04-27)
Running time 146 min
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office INR 6.5 crores [1]

Daag: A Poem of Love is a 1973 Bollywood film produced and directed by Yash Chopra in his debut as a producer, which laid the foundation of Yash Raj Films. It is an adaptation of the novel The Mayor of Casterbridge.

The film stars Sharmila Tagore, Rajesh Khanna, Rakhee(who won her first Filmfare award), Madan Puri, Kader Khan, Prem Chopra and A.K. Hangal.

The film was made at the height of the Rajesh Khanna craze and became a "super hit" at the box office.[1] The music by Laxmikant Pyarelal dominated the charts for the year. Film was later remade into the Telugu film Vichitra Jeevitham (1978) starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Vanisri, and Jayasudha.


Plot summary

A young guy, Sunil Kohli (Rajesh Khanna), falls for beautiful Sonia (Sharmila Tagore). Soon they get married and leave for their honeymoon, but on the way due to bad weather decide to spend a night at Sunil’s Boss bungalow. There Sunil’s boss’s son, Dheeraj Kapoor (Prem Chopra) attempts to rape Sonia, when she was alone. But Sunil’s arrives in time and a fight ensues resulting in the death of Dheeraj.

Sunil gets arrested and sent to jail, and later sentenced to death by the court. But on the way to prison, the police van meets with an accident and all persons are killed. Years after, Sonia, who is now living as Sunil’s widow and working as a school teacher, finds out that Sunil is still alive, living with a new identity of Sudhir and is married to a rich women named Chandani (Rakhee). Sunil at his end in his attempt to establish a new identity had earlier met Chandni, though he ends up marrying her to give her illegitimate child his name. But soon the law is at his door steps once again after so many years, this time however there is an added crime - bigamy!


  • Sharmila Tagore - Sonia Kohli
  • Rajesh Khanna - Sunil Kohli
  • Rakhee Gulzar - Chandni (as Raakhee)
  • Prem Chopra - Dheeraj Kapoor
  • Baby Pinky - Pinky
  • Raju Shrestha - Rinku (as Master Raju)
  • Manmohan Krishna - Deewan
  • Madan Puri - K. C. Khanna
  • Achala Sachdev - Mrs. Malti Khanna
  • Iftekhar - Inspector Singh (as Iftikhar)
  • Hari Shivdasani - Jagdish Kapoor
  • Yashodra Katju - School Principal (as Yashodhara Katju)
  • Kader Khan - Prosecuting attorney (as Kadar Khan)
  • A. K. Hangal - Prosecuting Attorney / Judge
  • S. N. Banerjee - Judge (as S.N. Bannerjee)
  • Karan Dewan - Doctor Kapoor
  • Surendra Nath - Sunil's uncle
  • Jagdish Raj - Ram Singh (driver)
  • Manmohan - Prisoner in van
  • Aruna - Dancer
  • Padma Khanna - Dancer
  • Habib - Smith removing Sunil's handcuffs (as Habeeb)



The soundtrack includes the following tracks, composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal, and with lyrics by Sahir Ludhiyanvi [2]

Daag: A Poem of Love
Soundtrack album by Laxmikant Pyarelal
Released 1973 (India)
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Sa Re Ga Ma
Producer Laxmikant Pyarelal
Laxmikant Pyarelal chronology
Gaai Aur Gori
Daag: A Poem of Love
Barkha Bahar
Song Singer (s)
"Mere Dil Mein Aaj Kya Hai" Kishore Kumar
"Ab Chahe Ma Roothe Yaa Baba" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
"Hum Aur Tum Tum Aur Hum" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
"Jab Bhi Jee Chahe" Lata Mangeshkar
"Main To Kuchh Bhi Nahin" Rajesh Khanna
"Ni Mein Yaar Manana Ni" Lata Mangeshkar
"Hawa Chale Kaise" Lata Mangeshkar

Awards and nominations


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