Wearing torn Japanese shoes, English trousers, a red Russian cap, and a Hindustani heart, orphaned Ranbir Raj comes to Bombay to make his fortune. He pawns his gold medal, gambles with the ... See full summary »

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Vidya
Nadira ...
Maya
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Ranbir Raj / Raj Kumar of Pipli
Nemo ...
Seth Sonachand Dharmanand
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Ganga Mai
M. Kumar
Hari Shivdasani ...
Philachand
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Gambler with goatee
Bhudo Advani ...
Gambler
Pesi Patel ...
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Ramesh Sinha
Rashid Khan ...
Radiwala
Sheela Vaz ...
(as Sheila Vaaz)
S.P. Berry
Kathana
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Wearing torn Japanese shoes, English trousers, a red Russian cap, and a Hindustani heart, orphaned Ranbir Raj comes to Bombay to make his fortune. He pawns his gold medal, gambles with the money, loses everything, & the balance is pick-pocketed. He ends up on the beach, meets with Vidya Shastri, a teacher who runs a private school, and both fall in love. Ranbir gets a job in a laundry. When he goes to deliver some clothes to Maya, she notices that he has a way with cards, gets him to accompany her to a casino of sorts, where he wins Rs.20000/-, which unfortunately is pocketed by Maya. Then a rich industrialist, Sonanand Dharmachand, approaches Ranbir, hires him to work for him, and soon Ranbir is on his way to a wealthy life. Vidya gets a first hand look at this wealthy life, and decides to break up with him. Sonachand teaches Ranbir that in order to make money one must never discriminate between the rich and poor. So they set out to offer homes to the homeless for Rs.100/-. Watch ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Fish in Zone feat. Ratan song "Ichak Dana Beechak Dana" was a remix of the same song. See more »

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Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi & Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal
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Timeless classic
22 July 2006 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

They rarely make them like this anymore in Bollywood. Meaningful cinema with a message but presented in a highly entertaining and artistically solid way with great song numbers and characters you care for. The cast is first rate, the direction inventive and technically the film is well done. Just two examples: The use of a ghost image to express Vidya's dilemma of having to condemn Raj while still loving him and the use of rain/smoke in the love song. The rain/smoke patterns are subtle but wonderful. The songs are among the most popular in Hindi cinema and not one is weak or a filler. A timeless classic that will never become outdated. Unfortunately there is no good DVD around and the film needs restoration (as practically all older Bollywood films (and most newer ones too)).


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