GenreDrama, Family Running time2h 32m CountryIndia
Nitin Bose WriterChandrakant (dialogue) Release date1 January 1957 (1957-01-01) DirectorsAmiya Chakrabarty, Nitin Bose Featured songsManzil Wohi Hai Pyar Ki, Bakkad Bam Bam Music directorJaikishan Dayabhai Panchal, Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi CastVyjayanthimala (Pushpa), Balraj Sahni (Loknath), Kamala Kumari (Kamala), CS Dubey, Jawahar Kaul (Shivraj) Similar moviesRelated 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
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.