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Haathi Mere Saathi (हाथी मेरे साथी) 1971

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BannerDevar Films
DirectorM. A. Thirumugham
WriterJaved Akhtar
ProducerM. M. A. Sandow, Chinnappa Thevar
Production executiveChellaiam
Music DirectorLaxmikant - Pyarelal
CinematographyK.S. Prasad
Film EditingP. Babu, M.G. Balu Rao, M.A. Thirumugham, R. Thyagaraajan
Art DirectorS. Krishna Rao
Camera OperatorA. Shankar Rao
Assistant CameramenN. Kanakaraj
Playback Singers Mohammad Rafi , Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
CharacterActor / Actress
Raj Kumar 'Raju' Rajesh Khanna
Tanuja Tanuja
Johnny Chacha David Abraham
GanguSujit Kumar
Sarwan KumarK.N. Singh
RatanlalMadan Puri
Mr. Kumar - Raju's fatherAbhi Bhattacharya
S. H. Bihari
Gurnam Singh
Chhote / JhamureyMehmood Jr.
ParoKumari Naaz
Jaya Kumari
Udaya Kumari
J.N. Anand
Raja Rao
O.P. Sharma
V.D. Puranik
Master Ravi Kumar
Baby Tinku
Sitaram Krishnakant
Orphaned Raju, in the company of four elephants, has to perform with them at street corners, in order to keep alive. The back-story is that as an orphan, they have saved his life from a leopard. In time, he makes it big, and starts Pyar Ki Duniya (The World Of Love), a zoo in which various wild animals reside along with his elephants, among whom Ramu is closest to him. Slowly he amasses a fortune, and is able to build his own private zoo, housing tigers, lions, bears, and of course the four elephants. He treats all the animals as his friends. He meets with Tanu, and both fall in love. Tanu's dad, Ratanlal, is opposed to this alliance, but subsequently relents, and permits the young couple to get married.He falls in love with Tanu (Tanuja), but her rich dad (Madan Puri) agrees to their marriage only after some persuasion. However trouble looms soon after as Tanu feels neglected. Things worsen when their child is born, and Tanu, fearing physical harm to her child from the elephants, tells Raju to choose between the elephants and his family. Tanu is unhappy with the amount of time Raju spends with his animal friends, and this causes some bitterness between them. Things do not improve when a child is born, as Tanu fears that one day the child will be harmed by one of the animals, and hence Raju is told to make a choice between his animal friends or his wife and son.When Raju chooses his lifelong friends over wife and son, Ramu decides to bring the estranged couple together, but thanks to the villainous Sarwan Kumar (K.N.Singh), he has to sacrifice his life.
The original name of "Haathi Mere Saathi" was "Pyaar Ki Duniya ".
Release date5-May-71
Earlier titled Pyar Ki Duniya, the film also won a special award from the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for lyricist Anand Bakshi.
The rest of the team (including producer Devar, termed then as India’s answer to Walt Disney) of the song Nafrat ki duniya ko chhod.
Its music on HMV (as Saregama was known then) won a Silver Disc for its sales, making it the first-ever Indian gramophone record to do so.


Lyrics: Anand Bakshi | Music: Laxmikant – Pyarelal

1. Chal Chal Chal Mere Saathi | चल चल चल मेरे साथी     
Voice: Kishore Kumar

2. Dhak Dhak Kaise Chalti | धक् धक् कैसे चलती     
Voice: Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar

3. Dilbar Jani Chali Hawa | दिलबर जनि चली हवा     
Voice: Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar

4. Dilbar Jani (Revival) | दिलबर जनि     
Voice: Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar

5. Meherbanon Kadardanon | मेहेर्बनों कदरदानों     
Voice: Kishore Kumar

6. Nafrat Ki Duniya Chhod | नफरत की दुनिया छोड़     
Voice: Mohammad Rafi

7. Sun Ja O Thandi Hawa | सुन जा ओ ठंडी हवा     
Voice: Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar

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