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Jagte Raho (1956)

 -  Comedy | Thriller  -  1956 (India)
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In hopes of improving his lifestyle, a poor peasant re-locates to Bombay virtually penniless. It is late at night and he is thirsty, and he is unable to find water anywhere. A singing drunk... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pradeep Kumar ...
Pradeep (Sati's boyfriend)
Sumitra Devi ...
Singing drunk's wife
Smriti Biswas ...
Sati
Pahadi Sanyal ...
Shashan - Meenu's husband (as Pahari Sanyal)
Sulochana Chatterjee ...
Meenu (as Sulochana Chaterjee)
Daisy Irani ...
Daughter of tenant
Nemo ...
Ramnarayan 'Rambabu' Malik
Motilal ...
Singing drunk
Nana Palsikar ...
Doctor
Iftekhar ...
Chandu (Leader) (as Iftikhar)
Vikram Kapoor
Moni Chatterjee ...
Baral Babu (as Moni Chaterjee)
Parsuram
Bhupendra Kapoor ...
(as Bhupendra Kapur)
Krishnakant ...
(as Krishna Kant)
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In hopes of improving his lifestyle, a poor peasant re-locates to Bombay virtually penniless. It is late at night and he is thirsty, and he is unable to find water anywhere. A singing drunk offers him money to buy some alcohol, but the money is snatched away by a taxi-driver. In desperation, the peasant attempts to drink from a fire hydrant, but is stopped by a Police Constable. Then he sneaks into a multi-storied apartment complex, and is mistaken for a thief. The entire building, which consists of over 200 units, housing nearly a 1000 people, set out to hunt him down. He first stumbles into the house of Kailash - who makes illicit alcohol, while his daughter is secretly romancing another tenant, Pradeep; the peasant then runs into another apartment - just in time to see the husband attempting to steal his wife, Meenu's valuables, so that he can get enough money to gamble on a race-horse; he hides in a drum and makes his way around the huge building and ends up as a corpse at the ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A Classic of the Classics, the best movie of all time
23 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Jagte Raho" a movie of Black & White celluloid era, in-my-humble-opinion, should be added to the International Movie Hall of Fame. Why? Just for one simple reason. OK. There are more than one reasons. This movie entertains, educates, makes you laugh and cry all at the same time. And to top it all, sends a striking message of humanity to the human beings all around.

What a realistic depiction of a common man's life! The movie narrates the naked truth of life's challenges in a tinsel town - the city of Bombay, especially for those unsophisticated, naive, innocent souls, who dreamed of making it big in that La-La land.

Every second of your life is a struggle even if it's for a drop of drinking water. What a great acting by (my idol) Raj Kapoor (R.I.P)! A very simple concept, a great story & a script and the deep message it sent to the society or should I say the world over.

How a thirsty innocent man is deliberately branded a thief by some of the biggest phonies of this world who like to call themselves "Shareef" (reputable) citizens. And these so-called reputable citizens make a scapegoat out of this poor, helpless and vulnerable soul, just so that they can hide the skeletons of their own in the proverbial "closet".

It absolutely disappoints and saddens me to see a man go through what he went through, in one night just for a mere sip of tap water to quench his thirst.

What a great performance by the entire crew (on and off the screen), and especially, Raj Kapoor and Motilal!

One has to watch the movie with a perspective that even today, millions of people back home in India(and many other parts of the world) have daily struggles to put up for a few drops of water…

…And this makes my heart cry and eyes filled with water.

Too bad they don't make movies like this anymore.

Long live Raj Kapoor and "Jagte Raho".


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