This article is written about the 1960 film; for the 1937 film or the 1944 film, see Parakh (1937 film) or Parakh (1944 film).
Parakh
DVD Cover
Directed byBimal Roy
Written bySalil Choudhury
Shailendra (dialogue)
Produced byBimal Roy
StarringSadhana
Motilal
Nazir Hussain
Durga Khote
CinematographyKamal Bose
Edited byAmit Bose
Music bySalil Choudhury
Release date
  • 5 August 1960 (1960-08-05)
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Box office1,00,00,000[1]

Parakh is a 1960 Indian Hindi film, based on a story by famed music director Salil Chowdhury, that displays Bimal Roy's lighter side and is a satirical look at Indian democracy in its early years. Bimal Roy received the Filmfare Best Director Award for the film.[2] The ensemble cast was led by Sadhana and Basanta Choudhury. The film has music by Salil Choudhury, featuring Lata Mangeshkar's hit "O Sajana Barkha Bahaar Aai".[3]

The film became a "semi-hit" at the box office.[1]

Plot

The central character is the Post Master Nivaran who is given a mysterious cheque for 500,000 to be given to anyone who will use it to benefit the people of the village. There is a postman Haradhan who is actually Sir Jagdish Chandra who pretends to be lame and has secretly come to the village to know the right person to handover the cheque, so he visits most of the possible candidates for verification of their honesty. Then there is the postmaster's wife, who is sick and would rather use the money to cure her illness, and his beautiful daughter Seema, who has a crush on the village schoolmaster Rajat. Meanwhile, all the greedy and influential people of the village are busy trying to convince everybody why they are most deserving of the money; they include the village Pandit, the landlord Rai bahadur tandav, the money lender Bhanjhi Babu, the village doctor, Vaidji and the school master Rajat who withdraws his name, who is by far the most respected. Each one tries to woo the villagers by being sympathetic and become a cheerful giver to all by offering various sops. They all decide democracy is the best means and decide to hold an election where the winner gets the money. One day the Landlords westernised sister in law Chanda arrives to the village, who is given lift by Rajat on his cycle from the railway station, thereafter she tries to get friendly to Rajat with some excuse or the other. Seema gets upset over this scenario and quarrels with him. The movie is a satirical look at democracy through various twists and turns in the plot, interwoven with a simple love story.

Cast

Music

This film has a very popular song "O Sajana, Barkha Bahar Aai..." sung by Lata Mangeshkar, penned by Shailendra and composed by Salil Chowdhary who also happens to be story-writer of the film.

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."O Sajana, Barkha Bahar Aai"Lata Mangeshkar 
2."Mila Hai Kisi Ka Jhumka"Lata Mangeshkar 
3."Yeh Bansi Kyon Gaaye"Lata Mangeshkar 
4."Mere Maan Ke Diye"Lata Mangeshkar 
5."Kya Hawa Chali Babu Rut Badli"Manna Dey 

Awards and nominations

Parakh is one of the seven Bimal Roy's film where he won Filmfare Awards for Best Direction.

Won
Nominated

References

  1. ^ a b "Box office 1960". BoxOffice India. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Filmfare Awards - Nominees & Winners" (PDF). Retrieved 5 August 2008.
  3. ^ Sukanya Verma (25 September 2014). "Classic Revisited: Bimal Roy's satirical gem, Parakh". Rediff.com movies. Retrieved 26 September 2014.