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Gunga Jumna (1961)

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

Writers:

Wajahat Mirza (dialogue), Dilip Kumar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dilip Kumar ... Gungaram
Vyjayanthimala ... Dhanno
Nasir Khan Nasir Khan ... Jumna
Azra Azra ... Kamla
Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi ... Kallu (as Kanhaiyalal)
Anwar Hussain ... Hariram (as Anwar Husain)
Nasir Hussain ... Police Superintendent (as Nazir Husain)
S. Nazir S. Nazir
Leela Chitnis ... Govindi
Praveen Paul Praveen Paul ... Hariram's wife (as Parvin Paul)
Helen ... Courtesan
Husn Banu Husn Banu ... (as Husn Banoo)
Ranjit Sood Ranjit Sood
Khwaja Sabir Khwaja Sabir ... (as Khawja Sabir)
Narbada Shankar Narbada Shankar
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Storyline

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 earnings to ensure his brother gets a decent education. After her employer, Hariram, accuses Govindi of theft, their house is searched, evidence is found, she is arrested, the entire village bails her out, but the shock kills her. After her passing, Gungaram works for Hariram while Jumna goes to the city to study. During the course of his studies, he is forced to sell off all his belongings when Gungaram fails to provide him with any funds. He does continue to study, and after completing them becomes a police officer. He is then given his first assignment, which is none other than in Haripur itself, and it is here that he will be forced to confront Gungaram, who is now an ex-convict, jailed for theft, and now is the leader of a dreaded band of killer bandits. Watch what impact Jumna's presence will ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Awadhi

Release Date:

25 August 1966 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Confluence See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Citizen Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

The one and only film produced by Dilip Kumar under the banner of Citezan Films. See more »

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Referenced in Anjane Mein (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Nain Lad Jaihe Toh Manwa Ma Kasak
Sung by Mohammad Rafi
Music composed by Naushad
Lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni
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Ganga-Jumna is a world-class Indian film classic
16 July 2012 | by khullamkhullaSee all my reviews

The songs in the film are part of the story. For instance the song 'dhoondho, dhoondho re sajna more kaan ka bala' is a sensuous one, that narrates how the heroine lost her virginity on the first night of her wedding. Take any of the songs, none are out of place, and all compliment their respective situations beautifully. They are shot, choreographed, and performed excellently. Camera work of the film is world class, and so is the sound design. Bollywood films of today, touted as technically superior, cannot match the sensibility and detailing of this one on various technical parameters. I wish we would have had more respect for our mainstream cinema and had not run down our cinematic tradition of using songs and dances and our lyrical romanticism.

Ganga Jumna is truly a world-class film and its characterization is real and the film represented its time and place more realistically than the Bollywood films of today that are seemingly set in India but have very little to do with Indian reality. It is a great entertainer and it also delivers important and relevant messages. This is one of the few films that even showcases that even dacoits followed certain moral code. In one of the scenes when Ganga hits Dhanno, the other dacoits castigate him for hitting a woman. Had the film been marketed well worldwide, it could have won the applause and approval of cinema lovers and aficianados all over the world for its cinematic qualities. While we are celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema, this film is worth our remembrance.


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