It is based on the Bengali story Pasher Bari by Arun Chowdhury, which was first adapted in Bengali in 1952 as Pasher Bari directed by Sudhir Mukherjee and starring Bhanu Bannerjee. It was again remade into the Telugu film Pakkinti Ammayi (1953) starring Chandra Mohan, Jayasudha, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and K. Chakravarthi. The movie was remade in Kannada as Pakkadamane Hudugi (2003) starring Raghavendra Rajkumar and Anant Nag.
Bhola (Sunil Dutt), an innocent young man lives along with his mama, (maternal uncle) Kunwar Pratap Singh (Om Prakash). Bhola gets enraged by the fact that Pratap Singh was looking for a girl to marry while his wife (Bhola's mami) was still alive. Angry, he leaves to live along with his mami (Pratap's wife). There he finds a beautiful neighbor Bindu (Saira Banu) and falls in love with her. But Bindu was a short tempered girl and gets annoyed by Bhola. Vidyapati (Kishore Kumar), Bhola's friend and mentor comes to his rescue and spies on Bindu.
Bindu moves close with her music teacher Master Pillai/Masterji who is a madrasi (Mehmood), though he wasn't much impressive. Vidyapathi finds out that Bindu loves music very much and that's the reason why she moves close with Pillai. He tries to make maestro of Bhola but fails. He later devises an idea to give voice to Bhola in the background while Bhola copies him in the front. Their plan succeeds and Bindu slowly starts to fall for Bhola, much to the disapproval of Pillai.
But on one fine day Bindu finds out their drama and gets enraged. She agrees to the marriage proposal of Kunwar Pratap Singh though she knew that he was old and uncle of Bhola. Vidyapathi and his gang goes to Pratap Singh and make him to cancel the match by telling him about Bhola's love. This further enrages Bindu who decides to marry Pillai, just to get even with Bhola.
Bhola finds no other way to stop the wedding and at last Vidyapathi comes up with an idea of Bhola's fake suicide. They arrange a suicide scene and start to shout that Bhola killed himself. Bindu gets deeply shocked and tries to wake him up. Vidyapathi tells her that love could bring the dead back and encourages her to try hard. After some more acting, Bhola wakes up as from the other world and embraces Bindu. Pillai also gets shocked to see the power of love and happily gets aside. In climax Bhola' mami and mama also reconcile and bless the newly wed couple.Sunil Dutt as BholaSaira Banu as BinduMehmood as Master Pillai/MasterjiKishore Kumar as Vidyapati/Guru (Bhola's Friend)Mukri as BanarsiKeshto Mukherjee as KolkatiyaRaj Kishore as LahoriOm Prakash as Kunwar Pratap Singh (Bhola's uncle)Moolchand as Pratap Singh's servantDulari as Bhola's auntAgha as Bindoo's FatherSunder as Pandit Janki Prasad/Panditji
The music of the film was composed by Rahul Dev Burman and the lyrics were written by Rajendra Krishan.
Kishore Kumar's character in the film was inspired by the personality of his uncle, Dhananjay Banerjee (a classical singer), and music director Khemchand Prakash.
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