GenreDrama, Romance, Thriller Music directorRoshan LanguageHindi
WriterMohsin Abdullah, Ali Sardar Jafri Release date1952 ScreenplayKhwaja Ahmad Abbas, V.P. Sathe, Mohsin Abdullah CastRaj Kapoor (Advocate Rajkumar Saxena), Nargis (Mohinibai), Om Prakash (Shyam Sundar Laddan), Achala Sachdev (Champa), Agha (Vidyasagar) Similar moviesRaj Kapoor and Nargis appear in Anhonee and Jagte Raho
Anhonee is a 1952 Bollywood psychological drama film directed by K. A. Abbas. The film stars Nargis in a dual role alongside Raj Kapoor in the lead supported by Achla Sachdev, Om Prakash, Agha and David Abraham in other prominent roles. The film had music composed by Roshan while lyrics were written by Ali Sardar Jafri. Nargis was highly appreciated for enacting a dual role and her performance garnered critical acclaim. Abbas attempted to explore two concepts—Geneticsm and Determinism, a theme which he experimented in Aawara (1951).
The film deals with the story of two sisters—Mohini and Roop—both played by Nargis—the legal one raised by a courtesan and the illegal child. As time passes by, Roop falls in love with Rajkumar Saxena (played by Raj Kapoor), an advocate—who is a tenant—comes to pay the house rent to her father, but instead meets Roop. Soon they involve in a deeper romantic relationship, and Roop convinces her father for their marriage.
As the family plan to organise a party to formally announce the wedding, Rajkumar runs into Mohini, Roop's twin sister and comes to know that Mohini is the real daughter. Unable to bear this, Mohini gets into an unpleasant situation, and gets angry over Rajkumar. In the meanwhile, Roop comes to know about the truth, and tries to save Mohini by deciding to swap the position of both of them. During this the marriage happens where Rajkumar unknowingly weds Mohini. When Roop's father comes to know about the reality he dies.
Nargis as Roop H. Singh, Mohinibai (Dual roles)
Raj Kapoor as Advocate Rajkumar Saxena
Achla Sachdev as Champa
Om Prakash as Shyam Sundar Laddan
Agha as Vidyasagar
David Abraham as Munshiji
Salma as Salma Mirzah
K. A. Abbas, the director, had been associated with a close friend of him during the making of Dharti Ke Lal, the former's directional debut. Abbas along with another friend Gulshan eventually planned to make a film. they went on to make Awaara which became an instant hit. After the success of the film Abbas was approached and he decided to direct a film under his own production. It was reported that Nargis had made a contact to Abbas requesting him to provide a more significant role for her. So he applied the same theme, interchanging the lead roles, and produced the story, guided by his friend V. P. Sathe and Mohsin Abdullah who co-wrote the script. They launched a new banner named "Naya Sansar", and produced the film with Nargis and Raj Kapoor in lead roles. This also marked the first occasion where an actor was cast in a dual role in a Hindi film.