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Holi (1940 film)

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Music director  Khemchand Prakash
Language  Hindi
Director  Abdur Rashid Kardar
Screenplay  M. Sadiq
Country  India
Holi (1940 film) movie poster
Release date  1940
Writer  M. Sadiq (dialogue), M. Sadiq (screenplay)
Cast  Sitara Devi (Champa), Motilal (Chand), Khursheed Bano (Kokila), Ishwarlal (Sundar), Yakub Khan Mehboob Khan (Judge)
Similar movies  Abdur Rashid Kardar directed Holi and Dard, Phagun (1973), Khursheed Bano appears in Holi and Tansen, Bewafai (1985), Sitara (1980)

Holi (Festival Of Colour) is a 1940 Hindi/Urdu social drama film directed by A. R. Kardar. Holi was produced by Ranjit Movietone and had music composed by Khemchand Prakash with lyrics by D. N. Madhok. It had Khursheed and Motilal starring in the lead with Sitara Devi, Ishwarlal, Keshavrao Date, Dixit, Ghory and Manohar Kapoor.


With two love stories as a format, the film pits the rich against the poor, in the shape of two pairs of lovers; a poor-girl-rich-boy, and a rich-boy-poor-girl. The film showed Motilal as a villain who reforms through the love of Kokila, played by Khursheed.

Holi 1940 preet kiye pachhtaaye saajan preet kiye pachhtaaye kantilal sitara devi


The film starts with a Holi scene, with the people being drenched in colour. Sunder (Ishwarlal) is a poor man who lives with his mother and sister Kokila (Khursheed). Champa (Sitara Devi), an artist, is the daughter of a wealthy Seth (business man). Champa and Sunder meet and fall in love. Chand (Motilal), also from a rich family lusts after Kokila. Sunder is framed by the evil Chand and his father (Keshavrao Date) on a robbery charge and he is caught by the police and put in jail. While he's behind bars his sister is kidnapped by Chand, who wants to marry her. When Sunder is released from jail he is told about his sister being kidnapped. However, love for Kokila has changed Chand from the villainous character and reformed him. He is due to marry Kokila. Suraj, unaware of the change and the impending marriage, rushes in and stabs Chand. Chand is rushed to the hospital. While he's battling for his life, the court procedures begin against Sunder. Finally, Chand turns up in court aided by Champa, to prove he's alive. The film ends on a happy note, with the two pairs of lovers uniting.


  • Khursheed as Kokila
  • Motilal as Chand
  • Sitara Devi as Champa
  • Ishwarlal as Sunder
  • Keshavrao Date as Mangaldas
  • Dixit
  • Ghory
  • Manohar Kapoor
  • Tarabai
  • Lala Yakoob as the Judge
  • Mirza Musharraf
  • Reception

    Baburao Patel, editor of Filmindia, in his review of Holi, called the film a "little harmless entertainment, bereft of common sense", while commending the actor Ishwarlal for doing a good job. Keshavrao Date was criticised for accepting a meaningless role. Patel stated that Motilal's talents were "wasted" in the film.


    The music director was Khemchand Prakash, with lyrics by D. N. Madhok. The notable songs were "Phagun Ki Rut Aayi Re" sung by Sitara Devi and Amritlal Nagar, and "Oonchi Nigahon Ke Teer" sung by Kalyani Das.


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