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Lekin... (1990)

Samir Niyogi lives in India and is assigned by the Government to travel to Rajasthan, evaluate a princely castle that once belonged to Raja Param Singh, take stock of all items, the ... See full summary »

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Gulzar

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Gulzar (screenplay and dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vinod Khanna ... Samir Yogi
Dimple Kapadia ... Reva
Amjad Khan ... Shafi Ahmed Sidiqqui
Alok Nath ... Ustad Meraj Ali
Hema Malini ... Tara (Guest Appearance)
Moon Moon Sen ... Pammi
Vijayendra Ghatge ... Raja Param Singh
Beena Banerjee ... Sharda Ahmed Siddiqui (as Beena)
Ajit Vachani
Manohar Singh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sapna Awasthi Sapna Awasthi ... Rewa - Tara's daughter
Ram Mohan
Rashmi
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Samir Niyogi lives in India and is assigned by the Government to travel to Rajasthan, evaluate a princely castle that once belonged to Raja Param Singh, take stock of all items, the condition of the building, and report back to the Government. Enroute to his destination by train, he permits a woman to enter his compartment, goes to sleep, and when he awakens finds her gone. A few days later, when he goes to the castle, he finds the very same woman cooking within the premises. When both enter the castle, he finds himself back in time and witnesses a scene that happened eons ago. When he recovers, he finds himself alone, and locked in. He breaks out and narrates this incident to his friend and local Collector, Shafi and his wife, Sharda. He does meet the woman again in the dead of night, and after showing him the way, she disappears. Then Sharda asks Samir to wear a amulet at all times as it will protect from evil spirits. He does meet the woman again, this time in the middle of the ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Musical

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

11 October 1991 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

But... See more »

Filming Locations:

Bikaner, Rajasthan, India See more »

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Production Co:

Dinanath Kala Mandir See more »
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Color
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The film was first offered to Sri Devi. See more »

Soundtracks

Ja Ja Re
Performed by Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Lata Mangeshkar
Music by Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar
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Haunting film but would love to have been able to understand the lyrics.
2 July 2004 | by abbott32See all my reviews

I was completely mesmerized by Lekin and especially by the castle and Dimple's haunting character who took over the screen whenever she materialized. It brought back memories of Ugetsu, one of my favorite Japanese films. The photography, the music, story, acting was all top notch and I am definitely going to have to see what else Gulzar did. The desert, itself, was as much a character as any of the actors.

I would have given Lekin a 10 but, since I do not know Hindi, I have to rely on subtitles and, periodically, the subtitles were a little hard to follow unless you are a speed reader. Also, my biggest gripe with a lot of great Hindi films is that they do not include the subtitles to the songs which was the case on my DVD. I was unable to see for myself why Gulzar won two awards for best lyrics that year. It was also frustrating because, when Dimple's character sang, I am almost certain that knowing the lyrics would have only added to the enjoyment of the film. I still gave Lekin a 9 but if anyone can tell me where I can easily find the lyrics, I would be very grateful.


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