Kati Patang (lit. The Severed Kite) is a 1971 Indian Hindi-language film produced and directed by Shakti Samanta. It was a box office success. The film stars Asha Parekh as a woman pretending to be a widow, and her ensuing trials and tribulations opposite her charming neighbour played by Rajesh Khanna. The film is among the 17 consecutive hits of Khanna between 1969 and 1971 and is the second of four films in which he was paired with Parekh. According to newspaper The Hindu: “on screen, Rajesh Khanna never appeared to be lip-syncing. So convincing were his expressions. His presence, backed by the music, remained the main source of strength for a movie’s success”.
The movie also stars Nazir Hussain, Bindu, Prem Chopra, Daisy Irani and Sulochana Latkar. The film was the second in a string of nine movies in which Samanta and Khanna collaborated. The music was composed by R.D. Burman and was a huge hit. “Ye Shaam Masthani” and “Pyar Deewana Hota Hein”, sung by Kishore Kumar were particularly famous. The performance of Asha Parekh and Rajesh Khanna were praised by the audience and critics alike. The film was remade in Telugu as Punnami Chandrudu (1987).
Asha Parekh as Madhuri “Madhu” / Fake Poonam
Rajesh Khanna as Kamal Sinha
Prem Chopra as Kailash
Bindu as Shabnam “Shaboo”
Nazir Hussain as Diwan Dinanath
Madan Puri as Kamal’s Father
Kumari Naaz as Real Poonam (uncredited)
Sulochana Latkar as Mrs. Dinanath
Satyen Kappu as Dr. Kashinath
Daisy Irani as Ramaiah
Track Song Singer(s) Picturized on Duration
1 “Yeh Shaam Mastani” Kishore Kumar Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh
2 “Pyar Deewana Hota Hai” Kishore Kumar Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh
3 “Mera Naam Hai Shabnam” Asha Bhosle, R. D. Burman Bindu
4 “Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai” Kishore Kumar Rajesh Khanna 3:36
5 “Jis Gali Mein Tera Ghar” Mukesh Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh
6 “Na Koi Umang Hai” Lata Mangeshkar Asha Parekh
7 “Aaj Na Chodenge” Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh.
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The music was composed by Rahul Dev Burman and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi. The songs sung by Kishore Kumar for Rajesh Khanna were the reason of film success, while Mukesh got to sing a number for the latter – a rare combination. Asha Bhosle performed “Mera Naam Hai Shabnam” in the talk-sung style of Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady (and thus often incorrectly dubbed “the first Hindi rap number”).
Kati Patang was adapted from the novel of the same name by Gulshan Nanda. The film’s story, also written by Nanda, was also based on the novel I Married a Dead Man, by Cornell Woolrich and had been previously made into a picture titled No Man of Her Own (1950) starring Barbara Stanwyck. The novel was also later filmed in Japanese as Shisha to no Kekkon (1960), in Brazilian as the TV miniseries A Intrusa (1962), in French as J’ai épousé une ombre (I Married a Shadow) (1983) and by Hollywood as Mrs. Winterbourne (1996). Shakti Samanta has stated that he cast Asha Parekh, because he was “confident” that he could extract a “convincing performance from her.” He had cast her in his earlier film, the under-rated Pagla Kahin Ka.