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Directed byBiren Nag
Written byDhruva Chatterjee
Produced byHemant Kumar
StarringWaheeda Rehman
Lalita Pawar
CinematographyMarshall Braganza
Music byHemant Kumar
Kaifi Azmi (lyrics)
Geetanjali Films
Release date
  • 1964 (1964)
Running time
153 minutes

Kohraa (The Fog) is a 1964 Indian thriller horror film directed by Biren Nag, starring Waheeda Rehman, Biswajeet and Lalita Pawar. The film was adapted from Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel Rebecca, which was previously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock as Academy Award-winning Rebecca (1940),[1][2] though some supernatural elements were added to it, including a few from the movie Psycho.[3][4] This version is famous for its twist ending, which differs significantly from that of the original novel.[5][6]


Rajeshwari meets rich Amit Kumar Singh and they both fall in love and get married. Amit brings Rajeshwari to his home - A huge imposing mansion in middle of Moors. Rajeshwari learns from servants about Amit's first wife Poonam who died in mysterious circumstances about a year ago. The housekeeper Dai Maa, who was also the nanny of Poonam is visibly disturbed by this and is cold towards Rajeshwari. Amit leaves on a business trip for a few weeks and Rajeshwari is left to herself. This is when she encounters supernatural phenomena in the mansion and is haunted by the memories and spirit of Poonam. Recovering from shock, Rajeshwari decides to do her own investigation of Poonam's mysterious death. One by one she uncovers shocking dark secrets about Poonam, Amit and various other people.



The film was the second directorial venture of Biren Nag after the hit film Bees Saal Baad (1962). He had been art director of Guru Dutt productions such as Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) and CID (1956).[1] The role of Poonam was played by Thelma, an Anglo-Indian actress, who did small roles in film.[1]

The scene of the first wife's room, an all white set was built at Rajkamal Kalamandir in Mumbai.[1] The song, "Yeh Nayan Dare Dare" was filmed on winding road to Mahabaleshwar, a hill station in Maharashtra.[1]


Music:Hemant Kumar; Lyrics : Kaifi Azmi


  1. Filmfare Nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Lalita Pawar
  2. Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction for Black-and-White film category - G. L. Yadhav & T. K. Desai[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Roshmila Bhattacharya (16 September 2014). "The mystery of 'Kohraa'". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  2. ^ The hero who was made up to look like a girl Archived 23 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
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  5. ^ Kohraa (1964) « MemsaabStory
  6. ^ "Ghost World: Bollywood Noir: KOHRAA (1964)".
  7. ^ "1st Filmfare Awards 1953" (PDF).