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Anokhi Ada (1948 film)

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Director  Mehboob Khan
Music director  Naushad
Country  India
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Musical, Romance
Running time  2h 21m
Screenplay  Aghajani Kashmeri
Language  Hindi

Release date  1948
Writer  Agha Jani Kashmiri (screenplay), Zia Sarhadi (story)
Cast  Naseem Banu (Kamini), Zeb Qureshi (Mirch), Pratima Devi (Laatsahebs Mom), Ghulam Mohammed (Prakash), Prem Adib (Laatsaheb)
Similar movies  Related Mehboob Khan movies

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Anokhi Ada (Rare Gesture) is a 1948 romantic Hindi film directed by Mehboob Khan. The story was by Zia Sarhadi with screenplay and dialogue by Agha Jani Kashmiri. Music composer was Naushad assisted by Ghulam Mohammed and the lyricists were Shakeel Badayuni and Anjum Pilibhiti. The director of photography was Faredoon Irani. It was produced under the Mehboob Productions banner and starred Naseem Banu, Surendra, Prem Adib, Zeb Qureshi, Reehan, Pratima Devi and Cuckoo.


The story was a romantic triangle involving Surendra and Prem Adib as the two men in love with Naseem Banu, who played the role of a woman suffering from amnesia.

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Prakash and his older sister (Naseem Banu) live a poor life, and are unable to pay their rent. Laatsaab (Prem Adib) is from a rich family, but having left home lives as a poor homeless man. He tries to help the brother and sister get something to eat. He ventures out during curfew time and is caught by the police but is able to hand the food to the brother and sister. The sister develops a soft spot for Laat Saheb. However the neighbours insist that she be put out of her house as is having a clandestine affair with Latt Saheb. When Prakash dies due to an accident, his sister thinks of moving from their rented accommodation. Travelling by train she again meets up with Laatsaheb, who is going to see his unwell mother. During the journey he lets her know that he loves her, much to her joy. The train they are in meets with an accident and she is presumed dead. She ends up in a hospital where she meets Professor Nath (Surendra) who takes her home as she has lost her memory. He renames her Kamini and blocks any means of her regaining her memory since he's fallen in love with her, and does not want to lose her. Laatsaheb re-enters her life and tries to help her remember her past. Finally she regains her memory and goes off with Lattsaheb, leaving the Professor behind.


  • Naseem Banu as Kamini
  • Surendra as Professor Nath
  • Prem Adib as Laatsaheb
  • Zeb Qureshi
  • Reehan
  • Pratima Devi,
  • Murad
  • Cuckoo
  • Bhudo Advani
  • Amir Banoo
  • Wasker
  • Nawab
  • Master Ghulam Mohmmed
  • Music

    The music direction was by Naushad and the two lyricists were Shakeel Badayuni and Anjum Pilibhiti. The songs were sung by Surendra, Mukesh, Shamshad Begum and Uma Devi (Tun Tun). The film had memorable numbers which became popular like "Kyun Unhe Dil Diya" sung by Surendra and Shamshad Begum. Mukesh was pitted against Surendra who had a big success with Anmol Ghadi (1946). However, Mukesh giving playback to Prem Adib sang some appealing songs like the ghazal "Kabhi Dil Se Dil Takrata Toh Hoga".


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