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Kala Bazar (1960)

| Crime, Drama, Musical
A man sells movie tickets on the black market, but starts to have a change of heart after he falls in love.

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Raghuvir / Raghu
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Alka M. Sinha
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Sapna
Vijay Anand ...
Nandkumar Chattopadhyay
Chetan Anand ...
Advocate Desai
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Raghuvir's Mother
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Ganesh
Rashid Khan ...
Kalu
Krishan Dhawan ...
Sapna's Boyfriend (as Krishna Dhawan)
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M.A. Latif ...
M.L. Sinha (as M.A. Lateef)
Kishore Sahu ...
Public Prosecutor
Prabhu Dayal
Wasi Khan
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Raghuvir lives a poor lifestyle along with his widowed mother; a sister, Sapna, a younger brother, and works as a Conductor with BEST in Bombay. He is fired after he gets into a fight with an irate passenger, and is unable to secure any employment. He then takes up selling cinema tickets in black at Liberty Talkies which is drawing records crowds while screening 'Mother India'. He first works with Kalu, then recruits many other impoverished and homeless men, steals a bag containing cash, and then moves in on to Ganesh's territory and compels him to also work together with his group. He amasses wealth so much so that he is able to move his entire family in a spacious flat in Marine Drive. Then he sees Alka Sinha and falls in love with her, even travels to Ooty to be near her, befriends her, even nearly loses his life trying to appease her - only to find that she is engaged to Nandkumar Chattopadhyay. Disillusioned, he returns back and decides to give up on black-marketing and go ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The film has a scene in which several stars make guest appearances while appearing for the premiere of the movie Mother India. They include Dilip Kumar, Geeta Dutt, Guru Dutt, Kishore Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Sohrab Modi, Mohammed Rafi, Nargis, Nadira and Nimmi. Others seen include Kishore Kumar, Kumkum, Lata Mangeshkar, Mukri, Mohammad Rafi, Yakub, Naseem Banu & Kumari Naaz. See more »

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Rimjhim ke taraane leke aayi barsaat
Sung by Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Dutt
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Great film and a wonderful comment on the path of righteousness
16 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very heart warming movie with great acting and absolutely lovely songs. A must see for cinema that portrays the grittiness of life. Dev Anand's acting is restrained and effortless. He displays all the charm that he is rightly famous for and looks quite the dandy in his ascot, coat draped over this shoulder's and bouffant hair style. None of the phony and overdone glitz of today's movies - simple, charming and a strong commentary on the insidiousness and vagaries of corruption in India. It must have been quite daring in 1960.

The music and songs are really wonderful and worth the effort to see this film. The song shot in Ooty is very well formatted as is the foot path scene in Mumbai illuminated by the street light. This is a classic of Indian cinema as is Dev Anand's other movie of 5 years later - GUIDE. Both are must see movies for those who enjoy Hindi films.


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