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Awaara (1951)

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A poor young man named Raj joins a criminal gang to feed his mother. But when he falls in love with Rita, he decides to reform himself for her.


Raj Kapoor


Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (dialogue) (as K.A. Abbas), Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (screenplay) (as K.A. Abbas) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raj Kapoor ... Raj Raghunath
Nargis ... Rita
Prithviraj Kapoor ... Justice Raghunath (as Prithviraj)
K.N. Singh ... Jagga
Shashi Kapoor ... Young Raj (as Shashiraj)
Cuckoo Cuckoo ... Bar Dancer
B.M. Vyas ... Dubey (Rita's Father)
Leela Mishra ... Mr. Raghunath's Sister-In-Law (as Leela Misra)
Baby Zubeida ... Young Rita
Leela Chitnis ... Leela Raghunath
Honey O'Brien Honey O'Brien
Om Prakash Mehra Om Prakash Mehra ... (as Om Parkash)
Raju Raju ... (as Rajoo)
Mansaram Mansaram
Rajan Rajan


Raju lives as a derelict as a result of being estranged from his bitter father, a district judge, who threw Raju's mother out of the house years ago. Raju shacks up with a Dacoit (pickpocket bandit) as his surrogate father only to realize that the man is actually responsible for the original misunderstanding between his parents. Raju kills him, and then tries killing his father, but fails, is arrested, and is taken to court right before his very own father, who presides there as the Judge. Raju has his childhood girlfriend as his legal representative, and the onus is now on his father, who must pass judgment without showing any personal sentiment. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Drama | Musical | Romance


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Did You Know?


When K.A.Abbas and. V.P Sathe, were writting Awaara, they wrote with Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor in mind as they knew only they will suit to play film. See more »


Referenced in Monsoon Wedding (2001) See more »


Awara Hoon
Sung by Mukesh
Music composed by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal (as Shankar-Jaikishan)
Lyrics by Shailendra
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Magnificent, all-singing, all-dancing feast
14 March 2002 | by stevewilson20See all my reviews

A magnificent film - entertainment (singing dancing, sweet, sweet pathos) and excitement - who can forget the crazy Heaven/Hell sequence. The film is marred only by Raj's occasional violence to the character played by Nargis.

The songs are of a consistent hight quality. I have only one question - whatever happened to Honey O'Brien?

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Release Date:

7 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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