|Directed by||Ajoy Kar|
|Written by||Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay|
|Screenplay by||Ajoy Kar|
|Produced by||Uttam Kumar|
|Music by||Hemanta Mukherjee|
|Distributed by||Chayabani Productions Pvt Ltd|
Saptapadi (transl. Seven Steps) is a 1961 Indian Bengali-language romantic drama film by Ajoy Kar, starring Suchitra Sen, Uttam Kumar, Chhabi Biswas and Chhaya Debi. Music direction and playback singing for Kumar voice was by Hemanta Mukherjee and in Sen's voice by Sandhya Mukherjee. The story is based on a 1958 novel by Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay.
The story takes place in pre-independence India (early 1940) when young Indian students were competing equally with Anglo-Indians in all fields, whether it be education or sports. Krishnendu (Uttam Kumar), a young Bengali Hindu medical student falls in love with an equally talented and attractive Anglo-Indian Christian woman named Rina Brown (Suchitra Sen). Both are students at the Calcutta Medical College and become close while meeting at many sports and cultural events. There is an interesting rendition of Othello within the movie; that portion of the movie was directed by Utpal Dutt. However marriage is not on the cards for them due to their differences in religion, (it is particularly opposed by Krishnendu's dad, a staunch, conservative Hindu), and they go their own ways only to unexpectedly meet again later in life.
Most of the movie is presented in flashbacks with Krishnendu pondering over the past after unexpectedly encountering a drunk and passed out Rina in a military hospital in returns.
The film was adapted from Tarashankar's 1958 novel Saptapadi. In the novel's ending Krishendu dies, but in the film ending Krishnendu doesn't die and again joins with Rina Brown.
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Shooting commenced started in late 1960. This was the second film after Harano Sur produced by Uttam Kumar under his banner Alochaya Production along with Ajoy Kar. Suchitra Sen was again cast in the Rina Brown role. For the film Kumar and Sen practiced dance and reading Shakespeare. The Othello play scene in the film had Kumar's voice-over by Utpal Dutta and Sen's voice-over by Jennifer Kapoor.
Kumar was a Mohun Bagan football fan, and in the football match scene he wanted to play in a Mohun Bagan jersey, but there was none available. He played instead in an East Bengal jersey. 
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sa Re Ga Ma|
|Producer||Alochhaya Productions Pvt Ltd|
|Hemant Kumar chronology|
Saptapadi's music was directed by Hemant Kumar, with lyrics by Gauriprasanna Mazumder. The song "Ei Path Jodi Na" was sung by Hemanta for Kumar, and by Sandha for Sen.
|1||Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoy (If This Path Does Not End)||Hemant Kumar and Sandhya Mukherjee||Gauriprasanna Mazumder|
|2||Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoy (If This Path Does Not End)||Sandhya Mukherjee||Gauriprasanna Mazumder||Repeated. Sandhya Mukherjee's solo|
|3||On The Merry Go Round||Suzi Miller||Gauriprasanna Mazumder|
The film was released at Durga Puja on 20 October 1961.