Barsaat Ki Raat

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Barsaat Ki Raat
BarsaatKiRaat FilmPoster.jpg
Directed by P. L. Santoshi
Produced by R. Chandra
Starring Madhubala
Bharat Bhushan
Mumtaz Begum
K. N. Singh
Music by Roshan
Sahir Ludhianvi (lyrics)
Release dates 1960
Running time 142 min.
Language Urdu, Hindi

Barsaat Ki Raat (Hindi: बरसात की रात; Translated: 'A Rainy Night') is a 1960 Bollywood film starring Bharat Bhushan, Madhubala, Shyama, Mumtaz Begum and K.N. Singh. It was directed by P. L. Santoshi. Although Madhubala gets top billing, the main character is played by Shyama.

This film was released in black-and-white and is widely considered to be a classic.[who?] The film became particularly popular for its qawwali songs and was one of the biggest hits at the box-office in 1960. This is music director Roshan's first big success as almost all the songs were hit. 'Barsaat Ki Raat was also one of the last films to star celebrated actress Madhubala.


The story features a number of innovative themes while maintaining the basic form of a love story. It has particularly strong female characters who are independent-minded and choose their own loves and destiny. The conflicts are not so much between the wishes of the parents and children about whom to marry, as is a common theme in Indian movies, but it is on the more complex level of the conflicts among the main characters and the duplicitous signals men and women send each other. The movie glorifies the lives of "singing girls" not often regarded highly in Indian society. Although it is set with Muslim characters, the movie seamlessly shows the universality of sensual love.


The song and dance does not occur randomly as is often the case in Indian movies; instead it is an integral part of the story-line, which involves a poet and singer as well as poetry competitions that were once common.

Female singers: Asha Bhonsle, Kamal Barot, Lata Mangeshkar, Sudha Malhotra, Suman Kalyanpur
Male singers: S. D. Batish, Balbeer, Bande Hasan, Manna Dey, Mohammad Rafi

All lyrics written by Sahir Ludhianvi, all music composed by Roshan.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Na To Karvaan"     Mohammad Rafi, Sudha Malhotra
Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey
2. "Nigah-e-Naaz Ke Maron Ka Haal"     Asha Bhosle, Sudha Malhotra 8:43
3. "Zindagi Bhar Nahi Bhoolegi"     Mohammad Rafi 4:26


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