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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In the end Nargis comes in one scene, this was her last appereance. in. an. R.K.Films. See more »

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ae wai duniya deve duhaayi
Sung by Mohammad Rafi, Balbir and chorus
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Magnificent film
5 June 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The film "Jaagte Raho" starts with Raj Kapoor, a poor person looking to quench his thirst. Thirsty, he enters an apartment building where he is branded as a thief and is constantly on the run. Ironically, where ever he hides, he meets other so called "reputable" citizens who all are equal to thieves. The film captures the corruption rampant in the society and rips apart the moral fabric that shields the upper echelons of society. The protagonist isn't a criminal, but he is treated like one, which is quite comparable to the real world. The film exposes a range of vices while at the same time remaining funny. The theme which the film showcases could have happened anywhere. The protagonist is the generic poor man to whom society has bestowed little. Raj Kapoor gave a fine performance as the peasant, even though he hardly has a few dialogues in the film, but his face speaks for itself. The film is brilliantly done. The supporting cast of Motilal and Pradeep are also good. The film is both a comedy and a tragedy. It makes you laugh and then makes you cry at the pitiable state of society.


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