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Cult classic highlighting the contrast between Indian and Western values in the newly independent state.

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Kavita
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Bharat
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Puran 'Kumar'
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Lala Dhaniram (as Kanhaiyalal)
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Major saab (as David)
Manmohan Krishna ...
Kishan (as Manmohankrishan)
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Charan Das (as Madanpuri)
Sunder ...
Sunder Lal
Asit Kumar Sen ...
Lakhpati (as Asit Sen)
Mohan Choti ...
Mangal
Laxmi Chhaya
Mahesh ...
(as Master Mahesh)
Manmohan ...
Kavita's Brother
Krishan Dhawan ...
Ramu
Carolene King ...
(as Miss Carolene King)
Gulshan Bawra
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Lakhpati's Wife (as Tuntun)
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Radha
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Malang
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Barber (uncredited)
Saul George ...
Jr Artist (uncredited)

Directed by

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Manoj Kumar

Written by

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Manoj Kumar ... (written by)

Produced by

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R.N. Goswami ... producer
Shashi Goswami ... associate producer (as Mrs. Shashi Goswami)
Harkishen R. Mirchandani ... producer
Mrs. Roop Mirchandani ... associate producer

Music by

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Anandji Veerji Shah ... (as Anandji)
Kalyanji Veerji Shah ... (as Kalyanji)

Cinematography by

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V.N. Reddy

Film Editing by

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B.S. Glaad

Editorial Department

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K. Bhagwandas ... assistant editor (as Bhagwandas)
Raj Pal ... assistant editor (as Rajpal)
Ramesh Walia ... assistant editor

Art Direction by

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Sant Singh

Costume Design by

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Sudha Parekh ... (as Mrs. Parekh)
Leena Shah ... (as Miss Leena Shah)

Makeup Department

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Bela Agha ... hair stylist (as Mrs. Bella)
Krishna Rao Mirajkar ... makeup artist (as K.V. Mirajkar)
Tukaram Patil ... assistant makeup artist (as Tukaram)
Belchar Pereira ... hair stylist (as Mrs. Pareira)
C.N. Reddy ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Kirit Vyas ... production manager (as K.L. Vyas)

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G. Asho ... assistant director
Vijay Gosain ... assistant director
Sikandar Khanna ... chief assistant director
Satish Kumar ... assistant director
Purshottam ... assistant director

Art Department

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Gyan Singh ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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George D'Cruz ... sound recordist
Mangesh Desai ... sound re-recordist: Rajkamal Kalamandir
Umakant Nayak ... dubbing editor

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Krishan Malik ... special effects
Parduman ... main titles

Stunts

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Ravi Khanna ... stunt coordinator

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R.M. Bhalla ... assistant camera
Dawar Bhatt ... assistant camera (as D. Bhutt)
Mohan Keshwani ... camera operator (as Mohan H. Keswani)
Ravikant Reddy ... assistant camera (as Ravi Kant)
Vishnu Swami ... assistant camera (as V. Swami)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Dhiren Kumar ... costume assistant (as Dhiran)
Shiv Prasad ... costumes

Music Department

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Babla ... music assistant
Gulshan Bawra ... lyrics
Shamshad Begum ... playback singer
D.O. Bhansali ... song recordist (as D.O. Bansali)
Asha Bhosle ... playback singer (as Asha Bhosley)
Manna Dey ... playback singer
Prem Dhawan ... lyrics
Frank Fernand ... conductor
Indivar ... lyrics
Qamar Jalalabadi ... lyrics
Mahendra Kapoor ... playback singer
Minoo Katrak ... song recordist
Jai Kumar ... music arranger (as Jai Kumar Parte)
Lata Mangeshkar ... playback singer
Mukesh ... playback singer
Mohammad Rafi ... playback singer (as Mohmed Rafi)

Other crew

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Herman Benjamin ... dances (as Herman)
Sudarshan Dhir ... dances (as Sudarshan Dheer)
Anil Kumar ... production assistant
Surya Kumar ... choreographer
Tirath R. Laungani ... production controller
Harish Kumar Mehra ... publicist (as Harish Mehra)
C. Mohan ... publicity designer
Gopal Pandey ... publicist (as Gopal)
Shankar Prasad ... production assistant (as Shankar)
K. Razdan ... publicist

Thanks

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Jhuman Chowdhry ... grateful thanks: help for locale shooting in fields
Shri Lal Bahadur Shatriji ... film dedicated to

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Widowed Radha lives in rural India circa 1960s, along with two sons, Bharat and Puran. While she would like to educate her sons, and ensure that they lead good lives, she cannot do so on her own, and must sacrifice the career of one son so that the second can achieve this goal. For this purpose, Bharat willingly sacrifices his life, toils hard so that Puran can get a decent education, which he does, excels in his studies, and also goes abroad. The family is very pleased, when Puran returns, hoping that he will ensure that they all live happily in India. But the man they know as Puran has been replaced by a cruel, self-serving man who now calls himself Kumar, and whose one goal is to usurp and divide the family property, so that he can continue to live a comfortable life. "Kasme vaade pyar wafa sab, baaten hai, baaton ka kya, koi kisika nahin, yeh jhootey naahtey hai, naahton ka kya..." by Manna Dey, continues to be popular even today, which translated means that "Promises, faith, love are mere unreliable words, no one is true to anyone, all relations are mere words...". Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Also Known As
  • Good Deed (World-wide, English title)
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  • 175 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Leading lady Asha Parekh had an image as a dancing heroine. Star and filmmaker Manoj Kumar wanted to change her image, since she was playing a doctor promoting planned parenthood, so he gave her only two dance moves in the entire film. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Bollywood Bound (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Mere Desh Ki Dharti See more »

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