Aas Ka Panchhi (1961)

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Rajan "Raju" Khanna lives with his elderly father, Nihalchand, mom, and a younger sister. He studies Arts in college, and has a sweetheart in fellow-collegian, Neena Bakshi. When Rajan ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vyjayanthimala ...
Neena Bakshi
Rajendra Kumar ...
Rajan 'Raju' Khanna
Raj Mehra ...
Major Surendra Bakshi
Sunder ...
Nasir Hussain ...
Nihalchand Khanna (as Nazir Hussain)
Shaminder ...
Mumtaz Begum ...
Mrs. Girdhari
Shivraj ...
Mrs. Nihalchand Khanna
Rajendra Dubey ...
(as Rajinder Dubey)


Rajan "Raju" Khanna lives with his elderly father, Nihalchand, mom, and a younger sister. He studies Arts in college, and has a sweetheart in fellow-collegian, Neena Bakshi. When Rajan graduates, his father wants him to work at the very same firm he is employed in, but Rajan wants to join the military. His father opposes this, has a heart attack, and Rajan accepts the job offer, and goes to work in his father's office. He does not do too well, his father passes away, and he joins the military. When he returns, nothing is the same anymore, Neena is engaged to be married to a rich and handsome young doctor, and her dad refuses to even consider Rajan as his son-in-law. Disheartened, he returns back to the military, into the war zone. Then he volunteers to rescue a senior military officer, does get through enemy lines, and finds out to his shock that the senior military officer is none other than Major Bakshi. Both Bakshi and Rajan know that it will only be one of them who can make it ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Family | Drama





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1 January 1961 (India)  »

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(RCA Sound System)
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The producers took care to avoid inflaming nationalist sentiment by adding this caveat to the credits: ".......The enemy shown or referred to in the war scenes is just imaginary and has no relation whatsoever with any country or state". See more »


Referenced in Anpadh (1962) See more »

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a b/w classic from early sixties
12 July 2005 | by (lucknow,India) – See all my reviews

produced by J Om Prakash one of the finest and most successful producer of Hindi films.

Aas Ka Panchchi is a tale of epic proportion which follows a boy (Rajendra Kumar) from 18 years to 28 years.how he yearns to join the army and how his father forces him to take a clerical job at his own office.his heart is not into it and mistakes keep happening.he looses his job his father soon dies of heart attack.now his age is above 18 so he can't join India' national deference academy.to support his family he joins army as a soldier after Vyjanthimala his sweetheart inspires him.

when he returns on leave from the army he comes to know that Vyjanthimala's father has announced engagement of his daughter (Her father being a colonel didn't want her to marry an ordinary soldier.) with his former classmate who is a doctor.he knows he is now just a common soldier and quite below her.he quietly accept it and goes back .Vyjanthimala fights her father and follows him .in the mean time a neighboring country has attacked India.in the battlefield she continues search for him by becoming a army nurse.Rajendra Kumar goes through near death experiences while Vyjanthimala is working overtime to look after wounded soldiers.do both of them meet do they marry or do they die on the battle field ,see the film for the emotionally overwhelming climax.

its a unique story a well written script which follows a boy in his teens through his youth to adulthood,through love and despair through peace and war.it follows the life of an Indian girl who stands by her lover in times of distress and despair,who fights her own father and follows her lover to the mouth of death.a superb classic directed by Mohan Kumar.

music from Shanker Jaikishan is brilliant.all the songs are very good which have made this album a classic which still sells.some best songs are, 1) Dil Mera Ek Aas Ka Panchci-sung by Hemant Kumar 2) Apni Bhi Kya Zindagi Hai Nirali-sung by Mukesh 3) Ab Char Dinon Ki Chutti Hai-Mohd.

Rafi 4) Ae Dil Pyar Ki Manzil Ab Hai Muqabil-Mukesh 5) Tum Roothi Raho Main Manaata Rahoon-Lata Mangeshkar ,Mukesh.

Vyjanthimala a perfectionist shines in the film and Rajendra Kumar always touches your heart.everyone rose above the written script and lived the character for real.a great gem to cherish.

it also gives a message to all parents that let your child follow his or her dreams,let them do whatever they want to do.

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