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Dial D for Darjeeling

Aradhana [1969]

Mere Sapnon Ki Rani Kab Aayegi Tu, sang Rajesh Khanna to Sharmila Tagore, even as his friend, Sujit Kumar, doubled up as a driver and a mouth organ player -- keeping pace with the toy train, on one hand while adding music to Khanna's love song on the other.

Thus began Aradhana, director Shakti Samanta's take of the Oscar-winning classic To Each His Own [1946].

The idyllic hilly terrain of Darjeeling provided a perfect beginning for this story of love, passion and penance.

The train had been used earlier in Nasir Hussain's Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai (1961).

Aradhana shot Khanna to super stardom and also began his successful onscreen pairing with Tagore -- the duo went on to star in films like Safar, Amar Prem and Daag.

D Tour: The film won Sharmila Tagore her first and only Filmfare Best Actress Award. In 1947, Olivia de Havilland had won her first Academy Award for Best Actress for playing the same role in To Each His Own. However, unlike Tagore, Havilland won another Best Actress Oscar (The Heiress in 1950).

Kishore Kumar won his first Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award for the sensuous ditty Roop Tera Mastana.

Also Read: Sharmila, sex symbol and acclaimed actress

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