Kala Pani (1958)

 ●  Hindi ● Running Time: TBA

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A crime movie about institutionalised corruption. Hero Karan (Anand) discovers that his father, believed dead, is in fact in jail for a murder he did not commit. Karan sets out to prove his father’s innocence with the help of a fearless journalist, Asha (Madhubala). The villain is the corrupt public prosecutor (Sahu). The key witness is a dancer, Kishori, played by Nalini Jaywant who elevates the film beyond its plot. Her own desire, rendered in the hit Asha Bhosle number Nazar laagi raja tore bangle pe, makes for an ambiguous love triangle that also provides other reasons to that of the hero’s vendetta for seeking out the truth. The other song hit Hum bekhudi me tumko pukare (sung by Mohammed Rafi), in which Kishori unleashes her charms on the drunken hero, was described by Mahesh Bhatt (1993) as ‘a typical example of a Raj Khosla song and his unique attitude towards sex on the Indian screen’.

Cast: Dev Anand, Madhubala, Nalini Jaywant

Crew: Raj Khosla (Director), V Ratra (Director of Photography), Sachin Dev Burman (Music Director)

Genres: Crime, Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1958 (India)

Hindi Name: कला पानी

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as Karan Mehra
as Asha
as Kishori
as Editor at the press company
as Rai Bahadur Jaswant Rai
as Jumman
as Shankerlal Mehra
as Inspector Mehta
as Ramdas

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Black & White
Sound Mix:
Mono
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No