Directed byHrishikesh Mukherjee
Written byInder Raj Anand
Produced byL. B. Lachman
StarringRaj Kapoor
Lalita Pawar
CinematographyJaywant Pathare
Edited byHrishikesh Mukherjee
Music byShankar Jaikishan
Release date
  • 16 January 1959 (1959-01-16)

Anari is a 1959 Bollywood comedy film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The film stars Raj Kapoor, Nutan, Motilal and Lalita Pawar. The music was by Shankar Jaikishan and the lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri as well as Shailendra. This was among the few movies in which Lalita Pawar played a positive role and Motilal a role with shades of grey. The film was remade in Tamil as Pasamum Nesamum[1] and in Turkish as Enayi.

Anari was released on 16 January 1959 and met with critical acclaim. Film critics had praised the screenplay and performances of lead actors in the film. Subsequently it became the highest-grossing film of 1959 with Box Office India declaring it "Super Hit".


Raj Kumar is an honest, handsome, and intelligent young man. Working only as a sole trader painter, he is unable to earn a living, including paying rent to his kind-hearted and talkative landlady, Mrs. D'sa. One day, Raj finds a wallet containing money and returns it to the owner, Mr. Ramnath. Ramnath admires Raj; pleased with his honesty, he employs Raj to work in his office as a clerk. Raj meets Ramnath's maidservant Asha and they fall in love with each other. This all ends when Raj finds out that Asha is really Aarti, the niece of his employer. Unfortunately, his landlady Mrs. D'sa dies suddenly consuming medicine manufactured by Mr. Ramnath. The police conduct a post-mortem and as a result, conclude that someone poisoned Mrs. D'sa. The police take Raj for questioning as the prime suspect, is arrested, and held in jail. In the trial, however, Ramnath admits full responsibility for the tainted medicine, clearing Raj of the charges. Aarti tells Raj she promised Mrs. D'sa she would take care of him, someone who is "as big an idiot as the world is clever," giving a sense that they will marry.[2]



# Title Singer(s) Music Director Lyricist Duration
1 "Dil Ki Nazar Se" Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra 04:38
2 "Nineteen Fifty Six" Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey Manna Dey , Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra 04:59
3 "Woh Chand Khila Woh Tare" Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh Shankar Jaikishan Hasrat Jaipuri 04:13
4 "Sab Kuchh Seekha Ham Ne" Mukesh Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra 03:40
5 "Ban Ke Panchhi Gaaye Pyar Ka Tarana" Lata Mangeshkar Shankar Jaikishan Hasrat Jaipuri 03:35
6 "Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Pe" Mukesh Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra 04:31
7 "Tera Jana" Lata Mangeshkar Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra 03:41


Motilal plays Nutan's uncle in the film. In real life, he lived with Nutan's mother, Shobhana Samarth.



  1. ^ ""Enge Thaan Povaai" – Pasamum Nesamum (1964) – Tamil Feature Film". 31 May 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  2. ^ 2:35:50 in the film, available e.g. at
  3. ^ "7th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 September 2011.