7.0/10
141
5 user

Daag (1952)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance
Living a poor lifestyle with his widowed mother, Shankar sells toys for a living, but is addicted to alcohol. He is attracted to Parvati, who also lives a poor lifestyle along with her ... See full summary »

Director:

Amiya Chakrabarty

Writers:

Rajinder Singh Bedi (dialogue) (as Rajendra Singh Bedi), Amiya Chakrabarty (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Yahudi (1958)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A vengeful Jew adopts an abducted Roman child, who grows up and unknowingly falls in love with a Roman.

Director: Bimal Roy
Stars: Sohrab Modi, Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari
Deedar (1951)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A traumatized and blind young man makes a living singing, and searching for his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Nitin Bose
Stars: Nargis, Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar
Aan (1952)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Royal Indian family consists of the Emperor Maharaj (Murad, his brother Shamsher Singh (Premnath) and sister Rajshree (Nadira). A poor villager named Jai Tilak (Dilip Kumar) enters a ... See full summary »

Director: Mehboob Khan
Stars: Dilip Kumar, Nimmi, Prem Nath
Gunga Jumna (1961)
Action | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Widowed Govindi lives a poor lifestyle in Haripur along with two sons, Gungaram and Jumna. While Jumna is studious, Gungaram is the opposite, but has a good heart and decides to use his ... See full summary »

Director: Nitin Bose
Stars: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Nasir Khan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two fathers, one poor and the other rich, hope that a wealthy postmaster weds one of their daughters'.

Director: S.U. Sunny
Stars: Nargis, Dilip Kumar, Amar
Kohinoor (1960)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After the passing of Maharaj Dhiraj Rana Chandrabhan of Kailash Nagar, the Senapati, Veer Singh, crowns Rajkumar Dhivendra Pratap Bahadur Chandrabhan as the next King. Veer's wife, who has ... See full summary »

Director: S.U. Sunny
Stars: Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari, Azim
Naya Daur (1957)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Shankar lives in a remote village in rural India with his mother and sister, Manju, and drives a horse-carriage for a living. The main employer in the region is a kind-hearted businessman ... See full summary »

Director: B.R. Chopra
Stars: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Ajit
Devdas (1955)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Childhood sweethearts, Devdas and Paro grow up in a small village with a love-hate relationship which changes to love when they mature. Devdas' dad does not approve of his marriage or even any friendship with Paro, and sends him away to Calcutta where he is introduced to a dancer, Chandramukhi, who adores him and falls hopelessly in love with him. Devdas in not aware of Chandramukhi's affection ... See full summary »

Director: Bimal Roy
Stars: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Motilal
Aah (1953)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Allahabad-based Raj Raibahadur lives a wealthy lifestyle with his widowed businessman dad. His mom had passed away, a victim to tuberculosis, compelling his anxious dad to keep him away ... See full summary »

Director: Raja Nawathe
Stars: Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Vijayalaxmi
Amar (1954)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Anju Rai lives a wealthy lifestyle with her widowed dad in a palatial house. She is now of marriageable age, and her dad has arranged her marriage with Advocate Amarnath. Both Anju and ... See full summary »

Director: Mehboob Khan
Stars: Madhubala, Nimmi, Dilip Kumar
Jogan (1950)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An atheist falls in love with a married devout woman who has forsaken materialistic life.

Director: Kidar Nath Sharma
Stars: Nargis, Dilip Kumar, Pratima Devi
Jaal (1952)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After losing his vision during a storm, Carlos lives with his sister, Maria, off of the Indian coast in a fishing village. One day a mysterious young woman, Lisa, enters their lives, ... See full summary »

Director: Guru Dutt
Stars: Dev Anand, Geeta Bali, K.N. Singh
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dilip Kumar ... Shankar
Nimmi ... Parvati 'Paro' (as N I M M I)
Usha Kiran Usha Kiran ... Pushpa 'Pushpi' (as Usha Kiron)
Lalita Pawar ... Shankar's Mother
Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi ... Lala Jagat Narayan (as Kanaiyalal)
Jawahar Kaul Jawahar Kaul ... Shyam Sunder
Leela Mishra ... Jagat's wife (as Leela Misra)
C.S. Dubey ... Hira (as Chandra Sekhar)
Krishnakant ... Money Lender
Laxman Rao Laxman Rao ... Raghunath
Edit

Storyline

Living a poor lifestyle with his widowed mother, Shankar sells toys for a living, but is addicted to alcohol. He is attracted to Parvati, who also lives a poor lifestyle along with her step-brother, Jagat Narayan, his wife, and their daughter, Pushpa. After an argument with his mother, Shankar departs to the city, gives up drinking, earns a lot of money, and returns home just to time to pay off his mortgage. But his world will soon be shattered after he goes to ask for the hand of a now wealthy Parvati. This is where he will be forced to face his past, and ultimately be told that Parvati's marriage has been arranged elsewhere. Unable to live without Parvati, he takes up drinking again and heads on to a path of self-destruction. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Also Known As:

The Stain See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dilip Kumar gave Muhurat clap to 1973 film Daag. See more »

Connections

References Barsaat (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Eh Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics by Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri
Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Aye Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal . . .

In my humble opinion, consuming liquor to forget one's grief is futile. as liquor consumption may make a happy person happier but it can by no means mitigate the grief of an aggrieved person. On the contrary, the feeling of grief intensifies in the intoxicated condition. By drinking, a person does not get any relief from his grief but he makes those aggrieved who are, in one way or the other, associated with him. By quitting drinking only, can the drinker think logically about and take some prudent step to solve the practical problems of his life. That's the message of Daag (1952).

Daag (scar) tells the story of Shankar (Dilip Kumar) who makes earthen toys and idols and sells them to earn a living for himself and his aged widow mother (Lalita Pawaar). Shankar loves Paaro (Nimmi) who is the (step) sister of Laala Jagat Naarayan (Kanhaiyalaal). And Paaro loves Shankar even more than he loves her. Laala Jagat Naarayan has a grown up daughter too named as Pushpa (Usha Kiran). The aunt (Bua in Hindi) and the niece belonging to the same age-group, behave like close friends. Pushpa falls in love with a teacher Shyam Sunder (Jawaahar Kaul) who has been appointed to tutor her and Paaro. Now Usha's marriage with Shyam Sunder is fixed quite smoothly by her father but as far as the marriage of Paaro with Shankar is concerned, it's almost next to impossible because of an acute problem with Shankar.

And this problem is his addiction to drinking liquor. Paaro belongs to a well-off family whereas Shankar earn barely enough to make both ends meet for himself and his mother. But even a major part of that earning goes in Shankar's expenditure on liquor. He does not listen to anybody, may it be his mother or his sweetheart Paaro or his close friend and genuine well-wisher Ragunaath (Laxman Rao) who wants him to quit drinking despite himself only running the liquor shop. He loses a lot including his mother and the love of Paaro whose marriage is fixed by her brother to someone else. The movie ends on a happy note when Shankar finally gets rid of his liquor addiction and gets the love of his life in the form of Paaro.

Sometimes a person may be very good, capable, virtuous and possessing a heart of gold but develops a bad image of him in the eyes of the world. That bad image sticks to him like a monkey on his back and does not leave him despite all his pluses and his sincere efforts to get rid of it. Hence to survive and prosper in this world and to lead a normal and peaceful life, one has to be image-conscious because we can't afford to live alone, ultimately we have to be a member of the society or at least the milieu. The protagonist of this story, i.e., Shankar could learn it after losing a lot as well as suffering a lot. The bad habit of drinking became a scar (Daag) on his name uglifying his personality. That's why the movie is titled as Daag.

Despite selecting a good theme, writer-director Amiya Chakravarty could not prepare a good screenplay for the movie and finally it turned out to be just an average flick which the audience can endure mainly because of the great musical score consisting of some immortal songs. The complete script is lacklustre and the narrative moves in a wayward fashion without any direction and coherence of events. The movie defies logic time and again throughout its duration and the filmmaker could not create any sympathy in the audience for the suffering hero.

The major part of the narrative is gloomy but for the purpose of giving relief to the audience, the completely superfluous love story of Shyam Sunder and Pushpa has been inserted alongwith a couple of songs. It has given some relief and amusement to the audience but it has nothing to do with the main story of Shankar, his mother and his sweetheart Paaro. The character of Pushpa itself is not at all required in the main story. The episode of Laala Jagat Naarayan's unexpectedly getting inherited wealth is also quite amusing though it also serves no purpose for the story except creating a status difference between the hero and the heroine which has no relevance to their love.

Still if the movie is able to pull the audience alongwith it, then it is because of the songs composed by Shankar-Jaikishan with the help of the lyrics of Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. This movie was made in the heyday of Talat Mahmood who was the uncrowned king of sad songs then. The album consists of three great sad songs of Talat Mahmood - 1. Hum Dard Ke Maaron Ka Itna Hi Fasaana Hai, 2. Koi Nahin Mera Is Duniya Mein, Aashiyaan Barbaad Hai, 3. Aye Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal (which comes many times in the movie, once in the voice of Lata Mangeshkar too). Among other songs, Lata's classic sad song - Kaahe Ko Der Lagaai Re, Aaye Na Ab Tak Baalma is also in the movie.

Tragedy King Dilip Kumar has done well in the lead role but surely it is not one of his best performances. Nimmi and Usha Kiran have done well as the leading ladies. Lalita Pawaar is perfect as the hero's mother. The supporting cast including Kanhaiyalaal is well in place.

Daag may not be liked by today's generation who may find it difficult to sit through this movie. However I recommend it to those who are fond of watching old black and white Hindi movies containing good music and ample dose of sentiments.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Top Rated and Trending Indian Movies

Check out the Indian movies with the highest ratings from IMDb users, as well as the movies that are trending in real time.

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed