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Kathputli (1957 film)

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Language  Hindi/Urdu
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Family
Running time  2h 32m
Country  India
Director  Amiya Chakrabarty Nitin Bose
Writer  Chandrakant (dialogue)
Release date  1 January 1957 (1957-01-01)
Directors  Amiya Chakrabarty, Nitin Bose
Featured songs  Manzil Wohi Hai Pyar Ki, Bakkad Bam Bam
Music director  Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal, Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi
Cast  Vyjayanthimala (Pushpa), Balraj Sahni (Loknath), Kamala Kumari (Kamala), CS Dubey, Jawahar Kaul (Shivraj)
Similar movies  Related Amiya Chakrabarty movies

Kathputli (Hindi: कठपुतली; Urdu: کٹھپتلی ‎; translation: Puppet) is a 1957 Pygmalion Black-and-white social Hindi film produced by Ajit Chakraborty and Amiya Chakrabarty with their Sreerangam Production. The film was the last film of director Amiya Chakrabarty who had earlier directed Basant, Daag and Seema. He died during the filming and Nitin Bose took up the mantle of the director in the film. The film stars Vyjayanthimala and Balraj Sahni in the lead with Jawahar Kaul, Agha, Kumari Kamala, C. S. Dubey, Sheela Kashmiri, Poonam and Laxman Rao forms an ensemble cast. The film's music was composed by Shankar Jaikishan duo, with the lyric penned by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. The film's story is about young Pushpa, an accomplished dancer and singer who assists puppeteer Shivraj in his puppet show. It dealt with the theme based on a godfather trying to control his protégé.


Bol ri kathputli first version lata shailendra shanker jaikishan kathputli 1957


Pushpa comes from a poor family, and is a good dancer and singer. She would like to assist a puppeteer with his makeshift dolls and puppet act. Unfortunately, he meets with an accident, and is hospitalized. Some of his puppets were also damaged during this accident. Pushpa approaches Loknath for work, and he gets her to work on stage, and would like her to become a movie star. Will Pushpa give up her simple life, and take on the glamorous route?


  • Vyjayanthimala as Pushpa
  • Balraj Sahni as Loknath
  • Jawahar Kaul as Shivraj
  • Agha as Manohar
  • Kumari Kamala as Kamala
  • C. S. Dubey
  • Sheela Kashmiri
  • Poonam
  • Laxman Rao
  • Soundtrack

    The film's soundtrack was compose by Shankar Jaikishan duo with the lyrics were pened by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. The soundtrack was a hit among the audience.


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