26 September, 2020

9. Awara - 1951

Director: Raj Kapoor; Stars: Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Prithviraj Kapoor, Leela Chitnis, K.N. Singh

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9. Awara - 1951
  • K.A. Abbas’ story—based on an uncle of his, who was a sessions judge and whose son was accused of theft—was meant for Mehboob Khan. He wanted Prithviraj Kapoor or Dilip Kumar to play Raju.

  • When Raj Kapoor heard the story, he gave Abbas a rupee saying the story was his

  • It has five Kapoors: Prithviraj, Raj, Shashi (as the young Raju), Randhir (the child with a dog in the credits) and Prithviraj’s father Bisheshar Nath as a judge.

  • A steel box containing the film was air-dropped on a group of Soviet scientists on a Polar expedition

After Awara, Raj Kapoor-Nargis became the first Indian international stars. The mesmeric Awara hoon title song became an anthem—often played when Raj Kapoor entered a restaurant in the erstwhile ussr. For much of the Arab world, it was almost their theme song. Even the Chinese hummed it.

Scripted by K.A. Abbas, the film’s socialist storyline centres on the nature vs nurture debate. A key line of the film—and a rather melodramatic refrain throughout—is:...



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