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Phil Subha Hogi (1958)

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Ram is a destitute but bright law student who runs his finances with the help of money from his mother and by selling his belongings.

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Ram Babu
Mala Sinha ...
Sohni
Rehman ...
Rehman
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Kamal Kapoor
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Ram(Raj Kapoor) is a destitute but bright law student who runs his finances with the help of money orders from his mother and things he exchanges with moneylender for some money. During this struggle Ram falls in love with Sohni(Mala Sinha), who is also from a very poor family. To save Sohni from getting married with harbanslal, Ram decides to rob the safe of the moneylender. His robbery goes wrong when the moneylender returns to his home and in the fear of getting caught he accidentally kills the moneylender. This is when Ram begins living in twenty four hour angst trying to fight his own self, guilt and the fear of getting caught by police. Written by Rohit Raina

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Arguably one of the greatest performances ever, Raj Kapoor- take a bow
11 September 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This has to be the most unseen and underrated movie of Raj Kapoor unfortunately, perhaps due to the unavailability of a decent print in the market. Reading the storyline, before you come to any conclusion, it not a love story, not a rags to riches story and not even a sadist tragic story. The initial part of the movie wants you to believe that it is just another story of a common man who wants nothing but love,respect and enough money to survive on and he wants all that with pure hard work, but that's not all the movie is about. There is a twist waiting to happen.

Come a murder cum accident, it transforms into a story of a man who realizes the Iniquity of the crime he has committed and how it haunts him for the rest of the movie. He lives in 24 hour angst, panicking and behaving like a man full of sarcasm, because he can do and see nothing right in anything and fear because its much more than just jail he is afraid of! He is afraid of losing himself, and that's what exactly is happening.

Raj Kapoor gives the finest performance you will ever come across. He has this set of natural impulses that lend a non-showy, authentic quality to all of his performances, versatility, and an enigmatic charisma that fills up the screen and emotionally hooks the viewer into his character and story. Not only it is his personal best work, but this performance by him can easily be regarded one of the greatest performance ever seen. No overacting, no cliché dialogs, he gives such a subtle and natural yet so intense performance that you will repeat this movie just to see Raj Kapoor hauntingly beautiful performance.

The movie is wonderfully directed by Ramesh Saigal using shadows and to a great effect. The movie beautifully depicts the condition of educated and unemployed youth and rather the whole nation for that matter. Mala Sinha plays her role perfectly as a poor but dreamy girl who only finds comfort in Ram's arms.

I will recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see a hard hitting black and white classic without many clichés. As for the performances, better you watch it yourself.


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