Mere Apne (1971)


Mere Apne (1971)

Anandi Devi is an old widow living in her village she is bought to the city by her distant relative Arun. Anandi Devi realizes that Arun and his wife wanted to keep her as a maid following which she leaves the house and befriends a child beggar and start living in a dilapidated house. Due to her kind and good nature she is then called as Naani Maa by youth groups which are led by Shyam and Chhenu. Shyam and Chhenu are rivals of each other and can't see eye to eye, Anandi Devi tries to be peacemaker between them.
IMDb   7.4 /10
TheMovieDb    5.6 /10
Director Gulzar
Writer Gulzar
Writer Indra Mitra
Release Date
Runtime2h 44mins
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
CompanyUttam Chitra
Anandi Devi / Auaji (Aunt)
Shatrughan Sinha
Shatrughan Sinha
Sumita Sanyal
Sumita Sanyal
Deven Verma
Deven Verma
Arun Gupta
Freedom Fighter (A Revolutionary)
Biloki Prasad (as Asit Sen)
Leela Mishra
Leela Mishra
Gupta's maidservant
Bansi (as K. Paintal)
Sudhir Thakkar
Sudhir Thakkar
Ranbir (as Sudhir Thakar)
Yogesh Chhabra
Yogesh Chhabra

Mere Apne

Mere Apne is a 1971 Indian Hindi-language film written and directed by Gulzar produced by Romu, Raj and N. C. Sippy. It was Gulzar's first directorial venture and was almost a frame by frame remake of the National Award-winning Bengali film Apanjan, which was directed by Tapan Sinha. This was first movie of Vinod Khanna as Hero. This was also debut movie of Danny. The film stars Meena Kumari, Vinod Khanna and Shatrughan Sinha in lead roles along with Deven Verma, Paintal, Asit Sen, Asrani, Danny Denzongpa, Keshto Mukherjee, A. K. Hangal, Dinesh Thakur, Mehmood and Yogeeta Bali. The music is composed by Salil Choudhury.

Mere Apne was declared as "Above Average" at the box office.


Anandi Devi (Meena Kumari) is an old widow who lives in a village. One day, she is visited by a distant relative, Arun Gupta (Ramesh Deo), who persuades her to live in town with him, his wife Lata (Sumita Sanyal), and a small child. She later realizes that they were looking for a maid, which results in her expulsion from the house and befriending a child beggar who takes her to his dilapidated home. Being good-natured and caring, she slowly earns the title of "Nani Ma" (maternal grandmother) among groups of youths led by Shyam (Vinod Khanna) and Chhenu (Shatrughan Sinha), who were in a constant fight with each other. The movie ends with her death from accidental gunfire in one such response.


  • Meena Kumari as Anandi Devi
  • Vinod Khanna as Shyam
  • Shatrughan Sinha as Chhenu
  • Deven Verma as Niranjan
  • Asrani as Raghunath
  • Danny Denzongpa as Sanju
  • Paintal as Bansi
  • Dinesh Thakur as Billoo
  • Sudhir Thakkar as Ranbir
  • Ramesh Deo as Arun Gupta
  • Sumita Sanyal as Lata
  • Mehmood as Sri Anokhelal
  • Asit Sen as Biloki Prasad
  • Abhi Bhattacharya as Freedom Fighter
  • Leela Mishra as Gupta's maidservant
  • Shashi Kiran as Neelu
  • Keshto Mukherjee as Jattu
  • Dev Kishan as Shyam's father
  • A. K. Hangal as College Principal
  • Yogeeta Bali as Urmila
  • Kamaldeep as Urmila's father (as Kamal Deep)
  • Fatima as Julie
  • Amina Karim as Young Anandi


After Apanjan, directed by Tapan Sinha, based on a story of Inder Mitra, was both a commercial and critical success, screenwriter Gulzar was called to Kolkata to translate the script for a Hindi remake. However, subsequently Sinha insisted on using the same cast, and dropped out of the film. Then, producer N. C. Sippy, who till then was assisting Bimal Roy and Hrishikesh Mukherjee and penned screenplays of Khamoshi (1969) and Anand (1971), made his directorial debut with the film. Gulzar bought the rights of the story, and rewrote the screenplay removing the portions he felt were too formulaic and commercial.

Meena Kumari was roped in for the lead role of grandmother, she was ailing at the time, and worked through her bad health in the film. The shooting was completed in 40 days, and she died within a few months of its release.


All lyrics are written by Gulzar; all music is composed by Salil Choudhary.

1."Haal Chal Theek Thak Hai"Kishore Kumar, Mukesh3:26
2."Koi Hota Jisko Apna"Kishore Kumar3:27
3."Roz Akeli Aayi"Lata Mangeshkar3:20
4."Ganga,Ganga Ki Bhari God Mein"Manna Dey3:08