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Raj Kumar (Raj Kapoor) is a painter by trade, but unable to earn a living, and unable to pay rent to his kind-hearted but foul-mouthed landlady, Mrs. D'sa (Lalita Pawar). One day Raj finds a wallet containing money, and he returns it to the owner, Ramnath (Motilal). Pleased with his honesty, Ramnath employs Raj in his office. Raj meets with Ramnath's maidservant, Asha (Nutan), and soon both fall in love. This all ends when Raj finds out that Asha is really Aarti, the daughter of his employer. He then alienates himself from his employer and his daughter, and looks after his ailing landlady. Unfortunately, she passes away suddenly. The police conduct a post-mortem, and as a result find out that Mrs. D'sa was poisoned. Raj is taken in for questioning, and is subsequently arrested and imprisoned.

About the Actor

Ranbirraj Kapoor was born on 14th December 1924 in Peshawar, which is now in Pakistan. His father was the theater actor Prithviraj Kapoor and mother was Ramsarni Devi. They belonged to the Hindu Pathan community. His grandfather was Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor. He had a sister Urmila Sial and two brothers, both of whom were actors, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor. Raj Kapoor married Krishna Malhotra in 1946. They had five children Randhir, Ritu, Rishi, Reema and Rajiv. All his sons went on to act in Bollywood. His grandchildren Karishma, Kareena and Ranbir are also popular actors in Bollywood. Kapoor was known to be involved in a relationship with actress Nargis with whom he acted in some classics. The other actress he was linked with was Vyjayanthimala. He was frequently referred to as the Charlie Chaplin of Indian Cinema. He has been credited with introducing actors like Dimple Kapadia, Mandakini and Nimmi as well as music directors Shankar Jaikishan. He started out in the film industry as a clapper boy and assisted Kidar Sharma. He was twelve when he started acting with the movie Inquilab (1935). In 1948, he started his own studio R.K.Films and started directing and producing movies. Aag (1948) was the first movie he directed, produced and acted in. It also starred Nargis. Raj Kapoor passed away in 1988. He was suffering from asthma. He was making the movie Henna which starred his son Rishi Kapoor at the time of his death. The movie was later completed by Randhir Kapoor and became a huge hit. After starting his career as a child actor with Inquilab (1935), Raj Kapoor made his debut in Neel Kamal (1947) with Madhubala. His first major success was Andaz (1949). The movie also starred Nargis and Dilip Kumar. The same year Barsaat (1949) became a hit. Kapoor directed and acted in the movie. It was also the launch pad for the actress Nimmi and the music directors Shankar Jaikishan. Awaara (1951) saw him onscreen with his father Prithviraj Kapoor, grandfather Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor and brother Shashi Kapoor. The movie was nominated for the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Shree 420 saw him in a role similar to the one he played in Awaara (1955). After Chori Chori (1956) and Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti (1960), his first movie in colour Sangam was released in 1964. Mera Naam Joker (1970) saw one of his most poignant performances but was a moderate success. He starred in Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971). The movie was the directorial and acting debut of his son Randhir Kapoor.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Raj Kapoor, Nutan, Lalita Pawar, Shubha Khote, Nana Palsikar
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Shemaroo
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004V2FUMG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,911 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The story of innocents trapped in the world of conspiracies and only the Miracles of the Holy Spirit can bail them out. Played by the veteran evergreens of the movie industry. Full of hit songs keep us entertained in the midst of drama and suspense..
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his is another nice Raj Kapoor movie, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.The story is about Rajkumar (Raj Kapoor), an unemployed honest painter who lives in a rented room to Mrs. D'Sa (Lalita Pawaar). He never pays his rent, and though Mrs. D'Sa gets annoyed, she treats him like her son.
On his way to finding a job, Raj bumps into Aarthi (Nutan), who was climbing over a wall to get out of her boring college class. Then he goes to his job interview, which is at a restaurant. He checks the daal (lentils) he finds a roach floating at the top. He reports this by screaming it out to everyone at the restaurant...which makes the manager very annoyed. Raj's honesty wasn't getting him anywhere, he gets kicked out.
He goes home only to make Mrs. D'Sa mad. The next day, he bumps in to Aarthi again (in a chain reaction biking crash lol). Aarthi tells him that her name is Aasha. But Aasha (Shuba Khote) is actually Aarthi's naukrani...even though they're like sisters. Aarthi continues to pretend that she herself is the naukrani. She invites Raj to paint a picture at her "malkin's" house the next day. Raj readily agrees.
The next day, Aarthi keeps on making up stories about her poorness, saying that her mom was really sick, and that's why she's working at the mansion. He gets paid 1,000 rupees for his work, but because of his kind heart, he gives it all back to Aarthi...saying that it would come in handy for her sick mother.
Which makes Aarthi like him all the more. He goes back home, again with no pay to give Mrs. D'Sa. After a long argument, she gives him a quarter to go eat. When he's outside, Raj is almost hit by the car of Seth Ramnath (Motilal). Raj continues to look for his attani in the dark. To test his honesty, Seth Ramnath drops his wallet in the middle of the road.
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By Mahendra on September 21, 2012
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DVD I received was of very high quality. I am very happy with the quality of the DVD. I recently received Chori Chori DVD, which is again of super grade.
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