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Theatrical release poster
Directed byPramod Chakravarty
Screenplay bySachin Bhaumick
Based onSwayamsiddha
by Manilal Banerjee
Produced byPramod Chakravarty
Hema Malini
CinematographyS.R.K. Murthy
Edited byNarendra Arora
Music byBappi Lahiri
Pramod Films
Release date
  • 6 May 1981 (1981-05-06)
Running time
144 minutes

Jyoti (transl. Light) is a 1981 Indian Hindi-language drama film, produced and directed by Pramod Chakravarty, and written by Sachin Bhaumick. It stars Jeetendra and Hema Malini, with music composed by Bappi Lahiri. The film is based on the Bengali novel Swayamsiddha by Manilal Banerjee.[1]


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Niranjan Pratap Singh is the stepson of a Zamindar and the real son of Ranimaa Sunanda. He is also the sole heir to the property of the Zamindar, as his elder stepbrother, Govind is drug-induced to the point of senility. When Gauri opposes Niranjan's ruthlessness against fellow-villagers, the Zamindar, angered by her intrusion, complains to her father, Vedji. The Zamindar's anger is subdued when he actually speaks to Gauri and ends up admiring her and asking her hand in marriage for his son, Niranjan. But Sunanda will not hear of her son marrying a poor villager's daughter, and she convinces him that Gauri should marry Govind. Although her father is opposed to his daughter marrying a senile man, Gauri accepts Govind and marries him. She finds out that she and Govind have no status in the household, which is run on the whims and fancies of Sunanda, her maid, Chintamani, and Niranjan. Niranjan is misguided by a dancer, Mallika, and Amirchand, who are after his wealth. Gauri must now decide whether to have her own life, or be chained to a senile half-child half-man.



The music was composed by Bappi Lahiri.[2] The song "Chidiya Chon Chon" is based on "Marianne" by Roaring Lion.[3] The song "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai" had fallen into obscurity for over two decades,[4] but gained national attention in 2002 when it was sampled by American producer DJ Quik for the Truth Hurts song "Addictive" which led to a legal dispute that was ultimately resolved. Shortly thereafter, the original song was remixed by Indian composer Harry Anand as "Kaliyon Ka Chaman",[5] sung by Assamese singer Shaswati Phukan.[6]

Title Singer(s)
"Angrai Leke Prem" Lata Mangeshkar
"Chidiya Chon Chon" Kishore Kumar
"Sooni Sej Saja Doon" Lata Mangeshkar
"Sun Ri Yashoda Maiya" Lata Mangeshkar
"Thoda Resham Lagta Hai" Lata Mangeshkar


  1. ^ Arunachalam 2020, p. 40.
  2. ^ "Jyoti (1981)". Hungama. Archived from the original on 9 March 2022. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  3. ^ "JLo copies Bappi Lahiri?". The Times of India. 5 April 2011. Archived from the original on 12 May 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  4. ^ Jha, Subhash K (2 November 2002). "Lata Mangeshkar didn't remember Thoda resham". Archived from the original on 22 January 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  5. ^ Roberts 2016, pp. 168–169.
  6. ^ Borgohain, Ananya (7 August 2016). "Brahmaputris: daughters of Assam". The Pioneer. Archived from the original on 7 December 2021. Retrieved 7 December 2021.