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Awaara (1951)

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 (... See full summary »

Director:

Raj Kapoor

Writers:

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (dialogue) (as K.A. Abbas), Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (screenplay) (as K.A. Abbas) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Prithviraj Kapoor ... Justice Raghunath (as Prithviraj)
Nargis ... Rita
Raj Kapoor ... Raj Raghunath
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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

7 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tramp See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Raj Kapoor decided to put his grandfather Basheshwarnath Nath in his film Aawara to have the three Kapoor generations represented. Doing the small role of a judge, the old man would just not read the lines that Raj gave him but say whatever he wished. When prompted to follow the script, the old man screamed out: "You will teach your grandfather! Do you know law better than me? I will say what I have to." Exasperated, Raj told his team to quickly take his shots and be done. See more »

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Soundtracks

Awara Hoon
Sung by Mukesh
Music composed by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal (as Shankar-Jaikishan)
Lyrics by Shailendra
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an Indian film
2 July 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

in the East of Europe, under the Comunist regime, the Indian films have had a special status. as alternative to the Soviet movies and propaganda shows. but, in same measure, for the social message. clear . for romanticism and music and charm of actors and dramatic situations. but Awaara was more than a successful Indian film. it was, and remains, an epic. because it gives the right perspective about ordinary, every day situations. because it reminds the joy of life and the deep pain.because it is , like the childhood fairy tales, story of courage and self determination and love difficulties , sacrifice and happiness. because it is nice and bitter and translation in image of known situations. and, sure, for Raj Kapoor. in the East , the Indian film was an open window. Awaara was, for years, one of the most convincing examples.


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