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Son of India (1962)

Kamla comes from a wealthy family and is the only child. She meets with and falls in love with Kishore, both get married, without approval of Kamla's dad, and are subsequently parents to ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Kamaljit Singh ...
Kishore (as Kamaljit)
Jayant ...
Jung 'J.B.' Bahadur
Paro's dad (as Kanhaiyalal)
Gopal's foster mom
Sajid Khan
Bakhtawar Singh ...
(as Bakhtawar)
Lillian ...
(as Lilian)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Head Nun
Paro (as Ruby Mayers)
Murad ...


Kamla comes from a wealthy family and is the only child. She meets with and falls in love with Kishore, both get married, without approval of Kamla's dad, and are subsequently parents to Gopal. Shortly thereafter, Kamla finds out that Kishore has never loved her, and had married her only for her wealth. When confronted, Kishore does admit but only after being pressured by J.B. alias Jung Bahadur, who wants Two Lakh Rupees or he will abduct and kill Gopal. She leaves, becomes a nun, but ends up getting separated from her son. She goes home to live with her father, while Kishore becomes a homeless bum, & Gopal ends up with a foster mom. Years later both father and son are unknowingly re-united when both are arrested for stealing someone's wallet. Kishore accepts the blame and is sentenced to 2 months in Jail, while Gopal falls in the clutches of none other than J.B. himself, who is now standing for elections. In the meantime, Kamla, who still lives with her parents, meets and befriends ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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This turned out to be the swan song of filmmaker Mehboob Khan, who passed away a couple of years after. See more »


Nanna Munna Rahi Hoon
Sung by Shanti Ma
Lyrics by Shakeel
Music by Naushad
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Mehboob makes Sajid "Son of India"
4 June 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In stylishly modernized India, spoiled young Kumkum (as Kamla) sings and dances in her father's beautifully furnished home. She intends to marry handsome Kamaljit (as Kishore), but her father doesn't approve. In fact, Mr. Kamaljit is associated with crooked businessman and politician Jayant (as J.B.). The men are after Ms. Kumkum's money. Kumkum and Kamaljit are happy for a little while, and bear cute "Son of India" Sajid Khan (as Gopal). In order to get Kumkum's family wealth, and employ Kamaljit in his shady dealings, Mr. Jayant threatens to kidnap and/or kill young Sajid...

To protect son Sajid, Kumkum secrets him in a religious boarding house. Her father becomes an alcoholic. Her husband Kamaljit won't cooperate with Jayant, and becomes homeless. When Kumkum becomes ill, Sajid's tuition fees are not paid. Ashamed, the young lad leaves the boarding house, penniless. Sajid relies on God's help as he meets street people and struggles to survive. On the homeless circuit, Sajid and Kamaljit are coincidently accused of pick-pocketing the same wallet. They are looking for each other, but do not know they are father and son. Meanwhile, Jayant hunts Sajid...

This was an unofficial follow-up to director Mehboob Khan's immensely popular "Mother India" (1957). That film benefited from a strong lead performance from Nargis, and a storyline viewers identified with. "Son of India" was not as successful. But it did help make Sajid the country's number one son in the 1960s, in the same way "Mother India" Nargis represented the country's ideal mother. The characters within the films are not related, but do make generational cultural connections. Some themes and story-telling techniques are evident in both. The unusual style became known as "Bollywood".

Sajid, who had a featured role in "Mother India", doesn't have either the script or acting skills of Nargis, but makes an endearing "Son of India". The production values are high, and the songs are very good - especially children's classic "Nanna Munna Rahi Hoon". Sajid became an American "teen idol" in the late 1960s due to his appearance with Jay North in their "Maya" movie and TV series. He was the adopted son of director Mehboob Khan. Mr. Kahn received another nomination as "Best Director" for "Son of India", which turned out to be his last film. Previously, Kahn won the award for "Mother India".

****** Son of India (1962) Mehboob Khan ~ Sajid Khan, Kumkum, Jayant, Simi Garewal

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