Release date1956 (1956) WriterInder Raj Anand (screenplay), Radhakrishan (screenplay), Mohan Segal (screenplay), Mohan Segal (story) Music directorShankar Jaikishan, Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal, Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi ScreenplayMohan Segal, Inder Raj Anand, Radhakrishan CastKishore Kumar (Anandkumar Swami), Vyjayanthimala (Janaki Subramaniam), Jabeen Jalil (Nirmala Nikki D Khanna), Nazir Hussain (Lala Daulatram Khanna), Nana Palsikar (Subramaniam) Similar moviesDhumal and others appear in New Delhi and Brahmachari
New Delhi (Hindi: न्यू डेल्ही) is a 1956 Hindi Black-and-white romantic comedy film written by Radhakishen with Inder Raj Anand and directed by Mohan Segal. The film starred Vyjayanthimala and Kishore Kumar in the lead with Jabeen Jalil, Nana Palsikar, Nazir Hussain, Prabhu Dayal, Dhumal, Brahm Bhardwaj, Radhakrishan, Mumtaz Begum, Mirza Musharraf and Shivraj as the ensemble cast. The film was produced by Mohan Segal himself. The film's score was composed by Shankar Jaikishan duo with lyrics provided by Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra, edited by Pratap Dave and was filmed by K. H. Kapadia. The story is about Punjabi boy Anand and Tamil girl Janaki falls in love with each other but unfortunately separated by their family.
Anand (Kishore Kumar), a Punjabi boy comes from Jalandhar to Delhi but is unable to find a place to stay as everywhere he goes people want to give their room only to a person of their caste. Desperate, Anand masquerades as a Tamilian, Anand Kumaraswamy, and finds a place to stay with a Tamilian family. There he meets the daughter of the South Indian Cultural Association Head, Janki (Vyjayantimala). Romance develops but Anand is unable to reveal his true identity to her. Daulatram Khanna Nazir Hussain, Anand's father and Janki's father, Subramanyam's (Nana Palsikar) superior, gets transferred to Delhi. Anand's sister Nikki (Jabeen) comes close to Anand's friend, Ashok Banerjee, a Bengali painter who teaches her art. When Daulatram finds out he kicks Ashok out. Anand makes his Tamilian servant Kumaraswamy (Dhoomal) masquerade as his father and they even meet Janki's father to discuss the marriage. But soon they are found out and Daulatram opposes the marriage. Subramanyam too turns against his daughter who tries to kill herself. She is saved by a kindly shop owner (Radhakishen) and passed off as his Punjabi niece, Mohini. Both Subramanyam and Anand are kept in the dark and are convinced Janki is no more. Subramanyam realizes his mistake but sadly he thinks it is too late. Thinking Mohini to be a good Punjabi girl, Anand's family readily agrees to his marriage with her and also fix Nikki's marriage within their community. But the marriage is almost called off when the boy's father demands a huge dowry. It is Ashok who offers his family jewels to Daulatram so that Nikki's marriage can take place. Daulatram's eyes open and he calls off the wedding and marries Nikki to Ashok. The truth about Janki/ Mohini also comes out and now that both the groups have shed their prejudices Anand marries Janki.
Vyjayanthimala as Janaki Subramaniam and Mohini. Upperstall.com review, "Vyjayanthimala proves to be the perfect foil for Kishore Kumar[...]has always had the mandatory dance sequence in practically every film of hers evoking 'classical art' associations. She excels in the two main dances in New Delhi - the solo Bharatnatayam Aliruppu number and the Bhangra folk dance in her Punjabi avtaar and she is absolutely brilliant in the Bhangra folk dance[...]in her second avtar even Vyjayanthimala played a Punjabi girl and most successfully too".
Kishore Kumar as Anand D. Khanna and Anandkumar Swami. Upperstall.com review, "KKishore Kumar is in full form and carries the film on his shoulders. His comic timing is spot on and he is as energetic as ever. The traditional concept of a comedian has always been one of lowly stature, that of a sidekick. It was Kishore Kumar who successfully became Hindi cinema's comic hero whose popularity relied primarily on his comic talents. Add to that his phenomenal acting talent and amazing singing voice and you have a performer who bordered on the genius".
Jabeen Jalil as Nirmala 'Nikki' D. Khanna. Upperstall.com review, "Jabeen Jalil as Kishore Kumar's sister, Nikki is a big no-no coming up woefully short in both the looks and histrionic departments".
Nana Palsikar as Subramaniam. Upperstall.com review, "The lead duo are ably supported by Nana Palsikar".
Nazir Hussain as Lala Daulatram Khanna. Upperstall.com review, "Palsikar from Maharashtra played a Tamilian[...]and most successfully too".
Other cast members include:
Prabhu Dayal as Ashok Bannerji
Dhumal as Kumar Swami
Brahm Bhardwaj as Daulatram's friend
Mumtaz Begum as Daulatram's wife
Mirza Musharraf as Daulatram's friend
Radhakrishan as Sadhuram
Shivraj as Chunilal
The film's soundtrack was composed by Shankar Jaikishan duo while the lyrics was provide by Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra. All the songs in this film become very successful.
At the end of its theatrical run, the film grossed around ₹1,45,00,000 and nett grossed of ₹75,00,000, thus becomes the sixth highest grossing film of 1956 with verdict hit.