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Director  C. V. Sridhar
Music director  Ravi
Country  India
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama, Romance
Duration  
Language  Hindi
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Release date  1961 (1961)
Writer  Som Haksar (dialogue director), Rajendra Krishan (dialogue), C.V. Sridhar (story)
Featured songs  Ek Woh Bhi Diwali Thi, Baazi Kisine Pyar Ki
Cast  Raj Kapoor (Raj Raju), Vyjayanthimala (Vasanti), Usha Kiran (Geeta), Gemini Ganesan, Achala Sachdev (Geetas mom)
Similar movies  Related C V Sridhar movies

Nazrana (Hindi: नजराना; English: Gift) is a 1961 black-and-white melodrama Hindi film produced by S. Krishnamurthy and T. Govindarajan and directed by C. V. Sridhar in his Hindi directional debut. The film stars Raj Kapoor and Vyjayanthimala in the lead with Usha Kiran, Achala Sachdev and Agha as an ensemble cast while South Star Gemini Ganesan has an extended cameo appearance. The music is by Ravi.

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The film was a remake of 1959 Tamil film Kalyana Parisu which was also directed by C. V. Sridhar. Nazrana is about a triangular love story between Raj, Vasanthi and Geeta.

Plot

Raj (Raj Kapoor) and Vasanti (Vyjayanthimala) are college mates who clash when she complains to the college principal about a love letter he sent her. Later on realizing her mistake, Vasanti apologizes to him and the two fall in love. Vasanti's elder sister, Geeta (Usha Kiron), supports the family by stitching clothes. Raj rents the room upstairs in their house. He falls ill and in nursing him, Geeta falls in love with him. She confides her love to Vasanti, who decides to sacrifice her love for her the sake of her sister and convinces Raj to marry Geeta. Raj initially neglects Geeta. On finding out, Vasanti writes to him that their sacrifice, made for Geeta's happiness, would mean nothing unless he is a good husband to Geeta. Raj relents and Geeta and he have a son. Vasanti joins them and Geeta suspects that there is something on between Raj and Vasanti and makes Vasanti leave the house. A few years later Geeta, having found out that Raj and Vasanti loved each other, dies in guilt leaving Raj alone to bring up their child making him promise that he will make Vasanti the child's mother. Raj learns of Vasanti's impanding marriage to her former boss (Gemini Ganesh). By the time he reaches there, Vasanti is already married. He hands over his child to Vasanti as a wedding gift and walks away.

Cast

  • Raj Kapoor as Rajesh
  • Vyjayanthimala as Vasanthi
  • Usha Kiran as Geetha
  • Gemini Ganesan as Shyam, Vasanthi's boss in Guest appearance.
  • Agha as Murli
  • Achala Sachdev as Getha's and Vasanthi's mother.
  • Casting

    Initially the shooting of the film was started with actress B. Saroja Devi who reprises her role of Geetha from Kalyana Parisu and Pelli Kanuka. During the filming process she felt out with the director C. V. Sridhar and was replaced by actress Vyjayanthimala, who has worked with the director before in Then Nilavu.

    Box office

    At the end of its theatrical run, Nazrana grossed around 90,00,000 with nett gross of 45,00,000 and was an average success at box office thus becomes 12th highest grossing film of 1961.

    Soundtrack

    The film soundtrack was compose by Ravi with the lyrics were provided by Rajendra Krishan. There are five songs in the album and the song Ek Woh Bhi Diwali becomes popular.

    Filmfare Awards

    1961 - Filmfare Award for 15st Story - C. V. Sridhar

    References

    Nazrana (1961 film) Wikipedia
    Nazrana (1961 film) IMDb Nazrana (1961 film) themoviedb.org