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Amrapali Full Movie In Hindi

Amrapali full movie in hindi

Amrapali full movie in hindi

Amrapali is a 1966 Indian historical drama film directed by Lekh Tandon and starring Vyjayanthimala and Sunil Dutt as the main leads. The film is based on the life of Amrapali, a courtesan and the royal consort of the Magadha emperor Ajatashatru in the 6th century BCE. The film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 16th Berlin International Film Festival and was selected as India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 39th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. The film is considered a classic of Hindi cinema and is praised for its direction, cinematography, music, costumes, and performances.

Plot summary

The film begins with a battle between the armies of Magadha and Vaishali. The Magadha king Ajatashatru (Sunil Dutt) is wounded and captured by the Vaishali soldiers. He is taken to the city and treated by a beautiful woman named Amrapali (Vyjayanthimala), who is the chief courtesan of Vaishali. Ajatashatru does not reveal his identity and pretends to be a common soldier. He falls in love with Amrapali and she reciprocates his feelings. However, he soon learns that she is also the beloved of the Vaishali king (Bipin Gupta) and that he has to compete with him for her attention.

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Ajatashatru decides to escape from Vaishali and return to Magadha. He promises Amrapali that he will come back for her. He also meets Gautama Buddha (Narendra Nath), who preaches him the message of peace and nonviolence. Ajatashatru is impressed by Buddha's teachings, but he is still obsessed with conquering Vaishali. He launches a massive attack on the city with his army and elephants. He breaches the walls of Vaishali and sets fire to the buildings. He orders his soldiers to capture Amrapali and bring her to him.

Meanwhile, Amrapali is declared as the nagarvadhu (bride of the city) by the Vaishali council, which means that she has to renounce her personal life and serve all the men of Vaishali. She is unhappy with this decision and longs for Ajatashatru. She does not know that he is the enemy king who is destroying her city. She tries to escape from Vaishali, but is caught by Ajatashatru's soldiers. She is brought before him and he reveals his true identity. He tells her that he loves her and wants to make her his queen. He asks her to come with him to Magadha.

Amrapali is shocked and angry at Ajatashatru's betrayal. She rejects his offer and curses him for his cruelty. She tells him that she has chosen to follow Buddha's path of renunciation and compassion. She leaves him and joins Buddha's disciples. Ajatashatru is filled with remorse and realizes his mistake. He decides to end the war and make peace with Vaishali. He also renounces his throne and becomes a follower of Buddha.


  • Vyjayanthimala as Amrapali

  • Sunil Dutt as Ajatashatru

  • Prem Nath as Veer, Ajatashatru's general

  • Bipin Gupta as the Vaishali king

  • Gajanan Jagirdar as Mahanam, the chief priest of Vaishali

  • K.N. Singh as Balbhadra Singh, Ajatashatru's minister

  • Zul Vellani as Manudeva, a Vaishali nobleman

  • Narendra Nath as Gautama Buddha

  • Baburao Pendharkar as a singer in the song "Neel Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein"

  • Mridula Rani as Raj Mata, Ajatashatru's mother


The film was produced by F.C. Mehra under the banner of Eagle Films. The screenplay was written by Sachin Bhowmick, based on a story by Vinod Kumar. The dialogues were penned by Arjun Dev Rashk. The cinematography was done by Dwarka Divecha and the editing by Pran Mehra. The art direction was handled by Sudhendu Roy and the costumes were designed by Bhanu Athaiya. The music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were written by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. The film was shot in colour using the Gevacolor process. The film had a budget of Rs. 40 lakh and was one of the most expensive films of its time.


The film had a total of nine songs, sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Mahendra Kapoor, and Manna Dey. The songs were choreographed by Hiralal and P.L. Raj. The song "Tumhen Yaad Karte Karte" was picturised on Vyjayanthimala in a single shot of six minutes, which was considered a remarkable feat at that time. The song "Neel Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein" featured a cameo appearance by Baburao Pendharkar, a veteran actor and singer of Marathi cinema. The song "Jao Re Jogi Tum Jao Re" was inspired by a Bengali folk song "Jao Re Phire Jao". The song "Nach Re Man Badkamma" was based on a Rajasthani folk song "Nache Mor Man Badkamma". The songs of the film are as follows:






"Tumhen Yaad Karte Karte"

Lata Mangeshkar



"Neel Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein"

Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor



"Jao Re Jogi Tum Jao Re"

Lata Mangeshkar



"Nach Re Man Badkamma"

Lata Mangeshkar



"Tadap Yeh Din Raat Ki"

Lata Mangeshkar



"Bhor Hote Kaga"

Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi



"Rootha Na Karo"

Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar



"Neel Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein (Sad)"

Lata Mangeshkar



"Suno Suno Re Kahani Ek Bahadur Rani Ki"

Manna Dey



The film was released on 14 July 1966 and received critical acclaim. The film was praised for its historical accuracy, artistic vision, technical excellence, and musical score. The film was also appreciated for its portrayal of the ancient Indian culture and values. The film was a moderate success at the box office, earning Rs. 1.75 crore in India and Rs. 35 lakh overseas. The film won four Filmfare Awards out of nine nominations, including Best Actress for Vyjayanthimala, Best Art Direction for Sudhendu Roy, Best Cinematographer for Dwarka Divecha, and Best Sound for Allauddin Khan Qureshi. The film also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.



Here are some interesting facts about the film Amrapali:

  • The film was originally planned to be made in English by director Frank Capra, who wanted to cast Audrey Hepburn as Amrapali and Marlon Brando as Ajatashatru. However, the project was shelved due to various reasons.

  • The film was shot in Jaipur, Udaipur, and Chittorgarh in Rajasthan, where the sets of Vaishali and Magadha were constructed. The film also used some real locations, such as the Amber Fort, the Jagdish Temple, and the Lake Palace.

  • The film featured a large number of extras, animals, and props. The film used 2000 horses, 1000 elephants, 500 camels, and 10,000 soldiers for the war scenes. The film also used 6000 costumes, 4000 weapons, and 300 chariots for the film.

  • The film was a musical masterpiece, with songs composed by the legendary duo of Shankar-Jaikishan. The songs were based on various classical ragas, such as Bhairavi, Khamaj, Pilu, and Yaman. The songs were also influenced by various folk and regional music styles, such as Rajasthani, Bengali, and Bhojpuri.

  • The film was a showcase of Vyjayanthimala's talent and versatility as an actress and a dancer. She played the role of Amrapali with grace and dignity, portraying her emotions and expressions with subtlety and depth. She also performed various dance forms in the film, such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Manipuri, and folk dances.


The film received rave reviews from the critics and the audiences alike. Here are some of the excerpts from the reviews:

"Amrapali is a film of rare beauty and charm, a film that transports the viewer to a bygone era of grace and glory. The film is a tribute to the art and culture of ancient India, as well as a love story that transcends time and space. The film is a masterpiece of direction, cinematography, music, and performance, especially by Vyjayanthimala, who gives a memorable portrayal of the legendary courtesan and queen." - Filmfare

"Amrapali is a film that combines history, romance, drama, and music in a harmonious blend. The film is a visual feast, with stunning sets, costumes, and locations. The film is also a musical treat, with songs that are melodious and meaningful. The film is also a human story, with characters that are complex and compelling. The film is led by Vyjayanthimala, who delivers a brilliant performance as Amrapali, capturing her beauty, intelligence, courage, and devotion." - The Times of India



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