Raj Kapoor (1951)

U Certificate


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Indian cinema's greatest romantic team, Raj Kapoor and Nargis, light up the screen in this powerful study of class, kinship and criminality. Raised on the street because his judge father (Prithviraj Kapoor) believes he was conceived after his mother (Leela Chitnis) was raped by a vengeful bandit (KN Singh), Kapoor seeks to rekindle a childhood romance with Nargis. But her guardian is none other than his disapproving father, who stubbornly insists that, as the son of a thief, Kapoor can never escape his heredity. The influence of neorealism is readily evident in this trenchant exposé of slum life. But Kapoor invests his character with a Chaplin-like pathos, and there's a palpable sensuality to his scenes with Nargis (particularly after her swim in the sea). Shanker-Jaikishan's score is exceptional, with Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi (sung by the legendary Lata Mangeshkar) making masala history as the first musical dream sequence.


A woman abandoned to the slums by her wealthy husband for alleged infidelity gives birth to a baby son, Raj. In time Raj is forced into a life of crime to support his mother and falls in with a notorious bandit, whom he discovers was responsible for driving his parents apart. In a fit of rage, Raj kills him and ends up on trial, where his childhood sweetheart is his defence counsel and his own father the judge. Musical drama, directed by and starring Raj Kapoor, with Nargis, Pritviraj Kapoor and KN Singh.

Cast & Crew

Justice Raghunath Prithviraj Kapoor
Rita Nargis
Raj Raghunath Raj Kapoor
Jagga K N Singh
Young Raj Shashi Kapoor
Bar dancer Cuckoo
Dubey (Rita's father) B M Vyas
Mr Raghunath's sister-in-law Leela Mishra
Director Raj Kapoor
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Other Information

Language: Hindi +subtitlesBlack and whiteAvailable on: video
Music Drama