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Raju lives as a derelict as a result of being estranged from his bitter father, a district judge, who threw Raju's mother out of the house years ago. Raju shacks up with a Dacoit (... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prithviraj Kapoor ...
Justice Raghunath (as Prithviraj)
Raj Raghunath
K.N. Singh ...
Shashi Kapoor ...
Young Raj (as Shashiraj)
Cuckoo ...
Bar Dancer
B.M. Vyas ...
Dubey (Rita's Father)
Leela Mishra ...
Mr. Raghunath's Sister-In-Law (as Leela Misra)
Baby Zubeida ...
Young Rita
Leela Raghunath
Honey O'Brien
Om Prakash Mehra ...
(as Om Parkash)
Raju ...
(as Rajoo)


Raju lives as a derelict as a result of being estranged from his bitter father, a district judge, who threw Raju's mother out of the house years ago. Raju shacks up with a Dacoit (pickpocket bandit) as his surrogate father only to realize that the man is actually responsible for the original misunderstanding between his parents. Raju kills him, and then tries killing his father, but fails, is arrested, and is taken to court right before his very own father, who presides there as the Judge. Raju has his childhood girlfriend as his legal representative, and the onus is now on his father, who must pass judgment without showing any personal sentiment. Written by rAjOo (

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Release Date:

7 April 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Tramp  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Raj ('Raj Kapoor') is given prisoner number 308 which is the same as article number of Indian Penal Code for which he was charged and tried. Article 308 of Indian Penal Code is about the charge of 'Attempt to commit culpable homicide'. See more »


Referenced in Monsoon Wedding (2001) See more »


Awara Hoon
Sung by Mukesh
Music composed by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal (as Shankar-Jaikishan)
Lyrics by Shailendra
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A timeless classic
10 March 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Perhaps Raj Kapoor's greatest film. Release in 1951, the film was a huge hit not only in India but also in the then Soviet Union, Turkey and other nations. Raj Kapoor plays his Chaplinsque character in this character. Nargis delivers a great performance as Rita. The film is a commentary on the society that exists. It showcases how a petty thief wants to transform himself but the conditions prevalent around him don't allow him. He has to tread the path of evil. The film also showcases the poor living conditions of the slums. The chemistry between Raj Kapoor and Nargis is perfect. The boat scene between them is perfect. It's a craftily put classic. Performances put by Pritviraj Kapoor and Leela Chitnis are also good. The musical score seems perfect.The title song-"Awaara Hoon" was a huge hit when the film was released. The movie is both entertaining while at the same time conveying a strong social message.

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