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Anari (1959)

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Raj Kumar is an honest, handsome and intelligent young man to boot. He works as a sole Trader therefore a painter by trade, but unable to earn a living, and unable to pay rent to his ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Raj Kumar
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Aarti Sohanlal
Lalita Pawar ...
Mrs. L. D'Sa
Shubha Khote ...
Asha
Motilal ...
Seth. Ramnath Sohanlal
Mukri ...
Kamdhar (Raj Kapoor's co-worker)
Ashim Kumar
Nana Palsikar ...
Evil Priest (as Nana Palshikar)
Paul Mahendra ...
(as Pal Mahendra)
Brahm Bhardwaj ...
(as Brahm Bharadwaj)
Vishwa Mehra
Ruby Mayer ...
Girl's College Facilitator (as Sulochana Sr.)
Meena T. ...
(as Meena)
Aruna
Viren
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Raj Kumar is an honest, handsome and intelligent young man to boot. He works as a sole Trader therefore a painter by trade, but unable to earn a living, and unable to pay rent to his kind-hearted but talkative landlady, Mrs. D'sa. One day Raj finds a wallet containing money, and he returns it to the owner, Ramnath. Ramnath admires Raj and pleased with his honesty employs him to work in his office as a Receptionist. Raj meets with Ramnath's maidservant, Asha, and soon both fall in love. This all ends when Raj finds out that Asha is really Aarti, the daughter of his employer. He then alienates himself from his employer and his daughter, and looks after his ailing landlady by cooking and serving her daily meals. Unfortunately, she passes away suddenly. The police conduct a post-mortem, and as a result find out that Mrs. D'sa was poisoned. Raj became the prime suspect and is subsequently taken for questioning, and is arrested and held in a cell. Later on Raj planned a narrow escape which ... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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"All the worlds music is unique" ...
15 July 2007 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

… sings Mukesh in the lively and entrancing "1959" cabaret scene, but you'd never guess it if you only listen to Western pop music! This was not only Raj Kapoor and Nutan at their peaks but also singers Lata and Mukesh too, in a typically moralising tale from RK with plenty of social instructions expertly delivered as pills in the jam.

Whilst happily cycling and singing the catchy Ban Ke Panchhi lovely Nutan literally bumps into simple guy Raj - after many tribulations they eventually fall in love. Along the way he forms a son/mother relationship with his loud landlady Mrs D'Sa which is pivotal to the plot – he's utterly traumatised when she dies, but still has more trouble to come. Great songs: the jaunty Kisi Ke Muskurahaton, the poetic duet Dil Ke Nazar Se and the astoundingly simple Woh Chand Khila in the "radiantly moonlit" garden – Lata surpassed her usual high standard with that one!

Overall, enjoyable as usual and with the usual RK messages that love is better than money and ingenuousness is better than being a man of the world it's always worth watching.


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