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Amar (1954)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 1954 (India)
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

Writers:

S.K. Kalla (story), Agha Jani Kashmiri (dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madhubala ... Anju
Nimmi ... Sonia
Dilip Kumar ... Advocate Amarnath
Jayant ... Sankat Chhaila
Ulhas Ulhas ... Rai Saheb Mohanlal (as Ullhas)
Mukri ... Advocate (as Muqri)
Husn Banu Husn Banu ... (as Husnbanoo)
Amar
Siddiqui Siddiqui
Murad ... The Judge
Pandey Pandey ... (as Pandeji)
Haroon Haroon
Agha Miraz Agha Miraz ... (as Agha Mehraj)
Shakeel Nomani Shakeel Nomani ... (as Shakeel Naumani)
Shahin Shahin
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Storyline

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 Amarnath meet and fall in love with each other. Shortly before their formal engagement, Anju notices a change in Amarnath - as he appears to be drifting further from her. Then he decides to demolish his house and re-built it, and also refuses to go near any Mandir - either alone or in Anju's company. When part of the house collapses, he is injured, but recuperates quickly. It is then the town is set afire with rumors that Amarnath may have sexually molested a village belle named Sonia, who sells milk, lives a poor lifestyle with her widowed dad, cruel step-mother, and is to be married to the village goon, Shankar. Watch what happens when Shankar gets killed, and Sonia is arrested for killing him. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

1954 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

I seirina tis vomvais See more »

Filming Locations:

India

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mehboob Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Before Amar, Mehboob Khan had made Aan in colour but he thought that Amar will look good in b/w. Later Mother India & Son of India were made in colour. Amar came in between these films. Music meastro Naushad Ali and cinematography Fareedom Irani, worked in most Mehboob Productions. See more »

Soundtracks

Khamosh Khevan Haar Mera
Music by Naushad
Lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni
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A little messy
20 October 2007 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'Amar' is very much a typical film of the 50s. The screenplay, though interesting is very flawed leaving several plot holes. The editing is quite messy in places. In the first half, it moves at a sluggish pace but in most of the second half, it jumps from scene to scene at a rapid pace that actually ended up confusing me. Even though it is a very melodramatic, the background score is extremely intrusive. Songs are very nice but excessive and really stretch screenplay (it's a long film). Characterisation also suffers. The Jayant character at times seems evil and at times seems kind-hearted. Even Nimmi's character suffers due to poor writing. She's a very poor but cheerful hyperactive wild village peasant. When she gets raped (by none other than the man she's attracted to), we see her pain and confusion but later she is shown to fall in love with her rapist (something that was quite common in older Bollywood films. This may be because she forgave him when Amar admitted to her at her wedding ceremony that he didn't have the guts to admit the truth but a lot more was needed to show the development of her feelings.

A few scenes have been brilliantly shot. For example, the scene at Sonia's wedding ceremony with the three main leads, the scenes between Nimmi and Madhubala, and the scene where Nimmi hides underwater to save herself from the evil Jayant. Performances are great too, especially the two leading ladies. Though one might say that Nimmi is loud and tends to go overboard, I thought she played the character with complete ease and did nothing short of a fine job. Madhubala does an equally wonderful job. One of the other things that stand out is the contrast director Mehboob Khan shows between these two characters. One is that of a wealthy, calm, gentle and helpful lady and the other a poor but cheerful energetic young lass. Dilip Kumar does well in most parts but sometimes he seems to have difficulty with his emotional expressions. However, he conveys Amar's guilt with gusto. So what really do stand out are the performances and the nice songs (but they're too much). I'd recommend it to fans of the actors. As for Mehboob Khan, his unforgettable 'Mother India' stands on a much higher pedestal than 'Amar'.


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