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Awaara (1951)

 -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  7 April 1956 (USA)
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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)
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Rita
...
Raj Raghunath
K.N. Singh ...
Jagga
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
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Leela Raghunath
Honey O'Brien
Om Prakash Mehra ...
(as Om Parkash)
Raju ...
(as Rajoo)
Mansaram
Rajan
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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 (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 (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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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 »

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Music composed by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal (as Shankar-Jaikishan)
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Masterpiece
3 August 2004 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

A promising and ambitious lawyer wrongfully suspects his wife, who had been kidnapped by a gang of robbers, of being pregnant with an illegitimate child and disowns her. Years later, the son (Raj Kapoor), now a petty thief, and the father, now a high ranking judge, will cross paths again.

Raj Kapoor, one of the most popular Bollywood stars ever, is likened to Chaplin because he would often play a penniless underdog determined to get ahead in society, because he had a knack for mixing comedy and pathos and because he would smuggle social commentary into his highly entertaining movies.

Unlike Chaplin, Kapoor was also a highly talented director. There is superior filmmaking in the scene where the lawyer kicks out his pregnant wife, with its references to Orson Welles and German expressionism or in the mischievous way Kapoor circumvents the Indian censorship board. Back in 1951, showing a kiss was not allowed, let alone direct references to sex. Now consider this scene: Raj and his girlfriend (Nargis) are singing a love duet at night on a boat, the refrain of which goes something like "I wish the moon would turn away her gaze so I could make love to him". The song ends with a shot of the water reflecting the two lovers with the moon in between them. As Raj moves towards Nargis, he blocks the moon from sight and when he bends towards her, ripples appear on the water, merging their two reflections into one. Nuff said.

Kapoor uses his great visual sense to tell a great story, raising questions of class, upbringing, nature vs. nurture and therefore - implicitly - caste, culminating in a resolution that avoids an all too obvious happy end, but opts instead for something more truthful and real.

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