Awara (1951)

 ●  Hindi ● 1 hr 22 mins

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Raju lives as a derelict as a result of being estranged from his bitter father, a district judge, who threw Raju's mother out of the house years ago. Raju shacks up with a Dacoit (pickpocket bandit) as his surrogate father only to realize that the man is actually responsible for the original misunderstanding between his parents. Raju kills him, and then tries killing his father, but fails, is arrested, and is taken to court right before his very own father, who presides there as the Judge. Raju has his childhood girlfriend as his legal representative, and the onus is now on his father, who must pass judgment without showing any personal sentiment.
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Did you know? In particular, the song "Awara Hoon" (I am a Tramp), sung by Mukesh with lyrics by Shailendra, became hugely popular across the Indian subcontinent, as well as in the Soviet Union, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Romania. Read More
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as Rita
as Raj Ragunath
as Jagga
as Leela Raghunath
as Judge Raghunath
as Young Raj




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Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Black & White
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
This movie has been widely attributed to have kick-started ‘The Golden Age’ of Hindi cinema; a decade of innovation, social concern, passionate writing and iconic films.

Due to the film's remarkable success on Turkish spectators, this movie was remade in Turkey as 'Avare' in 1964 starred by prominent Turkish actor Sadri Alışık, along with actress Ajda Pekkan.

In the Soviet Union, 'Awaara' is estimated to have drawn between 40 to 63 million viewers to cinemas across the nation. It remained the most successful Indian film in the Soviet Union up until films like 'Bobby', 'Seeta Aur Geeta' and 'Disco Dancer' achieved a similar level of success there.

The film was also a nationwide success in China, where the song "Awara Hoon" and actor Raj Kapoor became widely known across the nation, much like in the Soviet Union. The film's success in both the Soviet Union and China has been attributed to the socialist themes expressed in the film. The film Awaara and the song "Awaara Hoon" are believed to have been Chairman Mao's favourite film and song, respectively. In more recent years, Awaara was referenced in the 2000 Chinese film Platform.

Uday Shankar’s early dance partner Madame Simkie choreographed the spectacular sequence representing the ‘Earth-Hell-Heaven’ triptych. Took 5 months to complete and announced the big league entry of 26-year-old Raj Kapoor and R K Films.

The film is a collaboration of the famous team of director/producer Kapoor and writer Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. KA Abbas originally wanted Mehboob Khan to direct the film but the two disagreed over the casting. Khan wanted Ashok Kumar to play the judge and Dilip Kumar the son. In the event, Abbas withdrew his script from Mehboob Studios and Raj Kapoor decided to direct it.

The scene with the song "Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi" is considered the first dream sequence in Indian cinema, with its sea of twirling clouds symbolising the conflicts in the lead character's mind.

In 2012, 'Awaara' was included in the 20 new entries to All-Time 100 greatest films by TIME.

Owing to its popularity in so many countries, the film is a candidate for most successful film of all time.

The film was also nominated for the Grand Prize of the Cannes Film Festival in 1953.

In particular, the song "Awara Hoon" (I am a Tramp), sung by Mukesh with lyrics by Shailendra, became hugely popular across the Indian subcontinent, as well as in the Soviet Union, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Romania.

The film became an overnight sensation in South Asia, and found success abroad in the Soviet Union, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

It was a completely family-oriented project for the Kapoor clan. Raj Kapoor's real-life father Prithviraj Kapoor stars as his on-screen father Judge Raghunath. His youngest real-life brother Shashi Kapoor plays the younger version of his character. Prithiviraj's father Dewan Bashwanath Kapoor also played a cameo role in his only film appearance.

This movie has been directed and produced by Raj Kapoor who also plays the leading role.

Raj ('Raj Kapoor') is given prisoner number 308 which is the same as article number of Indian Penal Code for which he was charged and tried. Article 308 of Indian Penal Code is about the charge of 'Attempt to commit culpable homicide'.