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Director  Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
Music director  J.P. Kaushik
Language  Hindi
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Genre  Drama
Screenplay  Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
Country  India
Shehar Aur Sapna Khwaja Ahmad Abbas Memorial Trust
Release date  1963
Writer  Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (screenplay)
Cast  Manmohan Krishna (Deewana), Asit Sen, Nana Palsikar (Jhonny), David Abraham Cheulkar (Pandurang), Dilip Roy
Similar movies  Related Khwaja Ahmad Abbas movies

Shehar Aur Sapna (The City and the Dream) is 1963 Hindi film directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, about a young couple, searching in vain for a home of their own in a metropolis, amidst the backdrop of rapidly developing city, and the many who flocked to it, in hope for a better life. It won the 1964 National Film Award for Best Feature Film and was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Film.


Pyar ko aaj nayi shehar aur sapna manmohan krishna

Synopsis and themes

It was based on Abbas's own story, One Thousand Nights on a Bed of Stones, which describes the struggle in the life of pavement dwellers in the backdrop of rapid industrialization. The theme of the film signified a marked departure from the films, made in 1950s, the opening decade of independent India, as by now the euphoria seen the films like, Naya Daur (1957) and Boot Polish (1954), had been replaced by realism and death of economic idealism. This was also seen in later films like Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974) and Mani Kaul's Uski Roti (1969), as industrialization didn't turn out to be a boon for the masses as promised.


Abbas used his own experiences of sleeping on the footpath at one point in his life, as he had used in his three other films. To prepared for shooting the city "figuratively", he walked about the city under all weathers, to be able to recreated the settings to match the emotional landscape of the film. Though most shot was shot outdoors, in Mumbai slums and roads, on a shoestring budget, for crucial scenes, the cylindrical drainpipes were carried to the studios to recreate life of the urban poor indoors, complete with slums, hutments by the railway line.


  • 1963: National Film Award for Best Feature Film
  • 1964 Academy of Art award for Direction.
  • 1964: Filmfare Awards
  • Best Supporting Actor - Nana Palsikar: Won
  • Best Film: Nominated
  • Best Director: K.A. Abbas: Nominated
  • Best Story: K.A. Abbas: Nominated
  • Uttar Pradesh Film Journalist's Assn. Lucknow Award for Best Music/Director: J.P.Kaushik
  • Bengal Film Journalist's Assn. Calcutta Award for Best Music/Director: J.P.Kaushik
  • Cast

  • Dilip Raj Son of P.Jairaj]]
  • Surekha Parkaar
  • Manmohan Krishan
  • Anwar Hussain
  • David
  • Nana Palsikar as Jhonny
  • Asit Sen
  • Jagdish Kamal
  • Rashid Khan
  • Music

    1. Hazar Ghar Hazar Dar Yeh Sab Hain Ajnabi Magar - Manmohan Krishna
    2. Patthar Ka Bhagwan Yehan Hain - Manmohan Krishna
    3. Pyaar Ko Aaj Nayi Tarh Nibhana Hoga - Manmohan Krishna
    4. Yeh Shaam Bhi Kahaan Hui - Manmohan Krishna


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