(aka ' My Shadow')


directed by Raj Khosla
India (Hindi) 1966


My first Bollywood film experience was a successful one. I enjoyed 'Mera Saaya" for its simplistic charm and cultural exposure (accurate or not) of upper-class East Indian life. I get the feeling that films like this are standard fare in India, but this may be a shining example... I really don't know. It had a few musical numbers interspersed with expressive exaggerated acting and a suspenseful, engaging plot. I found even the obviousness of the humor portion brought a smile to my face. I was quite taken with it and will seek out more of the same hopefully trying to recreate the enjoyment experience. If you aren't overly sensitive about many cinematic details and omissions I can't really see how you wouldn't get something out of 'Mera Saaya'. It had a few interesting directorial techniques, and hey, I didn't have over-the-moon expectations either. This was, in a word, 'fun'.

  out of     

Gary W. Tooze

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DVD Review: Sky Entertainment  Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Sky Entertainment  Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 2:11:04  
Video 1.33:1.00 Presumed to be the 'Original Aspect Ratio'
Average Bitrate: 5.24 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Sky Entertainment

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Audio Hindi (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles White removable English

Release Information:
Studio: Sky Entertainment
Award: 1967 Won Filmfare Award Best Sound Recordist -Manohar Amberkar

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Color, animated main menu screen

7 Song selections

     • Tu jahaan jahaan chalega, mera saaya saath hoga"
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar

     • "Jhumka gira re, bareli ke bazaar mein"
Sung by Asha Bhosle

     • "Nainon mein badra chhaye"
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar

     • "Aap ke pehloo mein aake ro diye"
Sung by Mohammad Rafi

     • "Nainonwaali ne haye mera dil looTa"
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Music by Madan Mohan
Lyrics by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan


• Listing of 4 similar Sky titles with covers

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Chapters: 16

Full Cast and Crew for
Mera Saaya (1966)

Directed by
Raj Khosla

Writing credits (in alphabetical order)

Cast (in alphabetical order)
Sunil Dutt

Original Music by
Madan Mohan

Sound Department
Manohar Amberkar .... sound recordist

Other crew
Asha Bhosle .... playback singer
Lata Mangeshkar .... playback singer
Mohammad Rafi .... playback singer


Although the print does show occasional, but infrequent, damage (see sample below), I don't think it impinged on the entertainment value of this DVD. The colors were not overly dull, but I would say it was the print again not the transfer. I didn't see any examples of contrast boosting or edge enhancement so it looks like it was taken cleanly from the not-so-wonderful print. The removable English subtitles are clear, grammatically correct and seem accurate to the events onscreen. A nice addition to this DVD are the songs from the film accessible to be played separately and continuously. You can't really do a lot of complaining about this DVD as it is so inexpensive ($5.99 US). If you have never seen a Bollywood film/DVD then I would recommend it.   I give this DVD a strong out of .        Gary W. Tooze

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Censor board certificate (left) - Print damage sample (right)









Subtitle sample




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