Silsila is a 1981 Indian Hindi romantic drama film directed by Yash Chopra. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha, Shashi Kapoor and Sanjeev Kumar. On his last birthday, Yash Chopra revealed that he had originally signed Smita Patil and Parveen Babi opposite Bachchan, but after consulting with him, he cast Jaya Bachchan and Rekha in their respective roles. Padmini Kolhapure revealed in an interview that she had also been considered for the role of Chandni, but Amitabh had considered her too young to star opposite him, she was only fifteen then.
This was the last film to feature Rekha with Amitabh Bachchan. This was also the last film to feature Amitabh Bachchan with Jaya Bachchan until they appeared together on screen 20 years later in Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001). After this film, Jaya Bachchan did not feature in any new releases until Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998), 18 years later.
The film was a commercial failure at the box office. However, over the years, the film has acquired a cult following, and is widely acclaimed to be a classic film. To this day, the film is considered to be one of Chopra’s best works. He also said that this film and Lamhe were his favourites. The movie’s soundtrack became a “super-hit” upon the release of the film and continues to be popular.