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Allahabad-based Raj Raibahadur lives a wealthy lifestyle with his widowed businessman dad. His mom had passed away, a victim to tuberculosis, compelling his anxious dad to keep him away ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Neelu / Chandra / Reshma Rai
Raj Raibahadur
Vijayalaxmi ...
Chandra Rai (as Vijay Laxmi)
Dr. Kailash
Ramesh Sinha
Bhupendra Kapoor ...
(as Bhupendrakapur)
Leela Mishra ...
Mrs. Rai (as Leela Misra)
Rashid Khan ...
Dr. Yusuf
Mukesh ...
Carriage Driver


Allahabad-based Raj Raibahadur lives a wealthy lifestyle with his widowed businessman dad. His mom had passed away, a victim to tuberculosis, compelling his anxious dad to keep him away from the hustle, bustle and pollution associated with cities. As a result Raj ends up in the countryside, involved in the construction of a dam. His dad asks him to commence correspondence with a Riva-based young woman by the name of Chandra Rai, with a view to get him married, to which Raj agrees. The correspondence starts, and even without meeting each other, Chandra and Raj fall in love. They cement they love when they finally meet with each other. When Raj tells him dad, the marriage proposal is put forth, but to Raj's shock and dismay, Chandra rejects him. It is only later that Raj finds out that the woman he had corresponded with was not Chandra, but her younger sister, Neelu. Then the Raibahadur family physician, Dr. Kailash, gives them devastating news that Raj has tuberculosis and is not ... Written by rAjOo (

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Release Date:

22 March 1953 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Aah!  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) See more »


Raja Ki Aayegi Baaraat
Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi & Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal
Lyrics by Shailendra
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
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Good love-story film!
30 March 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

If Raj (Raj Kapoor) had his way, he would have been a poet, not the engineer that circumstances made him into. The perfection of nature fascinated him more than the nature of mechanical things. One day Raj is sent to work at the Saraswati Dam, the exquisitely beautiful location. As Raj reveled in his new found paradise, his father visits him and tells him about his deceased mother's wish that Raj should marry Chandra (Vijay Laxmi), the sophisticated daughter of a rich family friend. On his father's insistence, Raj agrees to write to Chandra. The letter is sheer poetry, but it's beauty completely wasted on Chandra who wants to ignore it. Neelu (Nargis), her teenage sister, moved by the writer's eloquence and sincerity, acknowledges the letter on her behalf. Neelu's reply sparks off a correspondence and then circumstances that lead Neelu and Raj falling deeply in love. Just when it seems that they will live happily ever after, Raj is diagnosed suffering from TB, a disease that killed his mother. A shocked Raj decides that he loves Neelu too much to commit her to an uncertain future and deceives her into believing that he actually loves Chandra. Does Neelu ever find out Raj's selfless love for her? Will the two lovers be united again? Aah is an early Raj Kapoor classic, a poignant love story which includes one of Mukesh/s finest renditions "Chhoti Si Zindagani" pictured on Mukesh himself as a "tongawallah", carting an ailing Raj Kapoor.

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