Classed as one of the biggest actresses of her time, Jaya Bachchan
celebrated her birthday this month on the 9th of April, thus BollyCurry
brings to you a Retro Review of one of her evergreen films, Kora Kagaz
starring herself and Vijay Anand
, a movie about life after marriage and the clash of sasuraal
released in 1974, produced by Sanath Kothari whilst being directed by
Anil Ganguly. Other actors included in the cast are A K Hangal
Sachdev and Deven Verma
. The music was coined by Kalyanji Anandji
including the evergreen song "Mera Jeevan Kora Kaghaaz" sung by late
legend Kishore Kumar
and living legend Lata Mangeshkar
The plot revolves around a young girl named Archana Gupta (Jaya
Bachchan), who hails from a rich upper-middle class family. She meets a
less fortunate Literature professor, Sukesh Dutt (Vijay Anand
), on a bus
ride in Mumbai and finds him to be an honest man with high principals
in life, which he takes great pride in. They meet and get attracted to
one another with love finally blossoming. Their encounter further leads
to their marriage, where everyone is content except the bride's mother
), who is not too pleased with her son-in-law's low
The real story starts after marriage when Archana faces problems
from both sides - her husband and her maternal home, especially her
mother who antagonizes against her son-in-law. Instead of living their
dreamed happy life, everyday there are problem in the newlywed couple's
lives. The mother of the bride constantly sends packages to her daughter
as "tokens of love". This is received by Sukesh as insults on his
lifestyle and principals. He believes that his mother-in-law enacts such
task with the sole purpose of shaming him. Trapped between her
husband's honesty and her mother's love, Archana does not know what to
do. Eventually bitterness squirms between the couple and they finally
decide to part ways. However, the film ends on an optimistic note where
the couple reunite years later and decide to live their initial happy
was received well at the box office and was much
liked by the audience. The film had a total of three songs where the
song "Mera Jeevan Kora Kaghaaz" topped the Binaca Geetmala annual list
in 1974. Kora Kagaz
also garnered critical accolades and received
many national and Filmfare nominations. It went on to win two Filmfare
awards - Jaya Bachchan
with the Best Actress award and Kalyanji Anandji
winning Best Music Director.
Did You Know?
Author: Fatima W.
Editors: Parm K. and Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Virina R.
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