|Directed by||Satyen Bose|
|Produced by||Sashadhar Mukherjee|
|Written by||Satyen Bose
|Music by||Hemant Kumar
Kavi Pradeep (lyrics)
|Cinematography||N. V. Srinivas|
|Editing by||Shanker Hurde
Jagriti ("The Awakening") is a 1954 Hindi film that won the Filmfare Best Movie Award in 1956, and the lead, Abhi Bhattacharya, won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. Based on 1949 Bengali film Paribartan that Satyen Bose had directed earlier.
The film is about a spoiled rich kid, Ajay (Rajkumar Gupta),who is a problem child and is sent away to a boarding school by his grandfather. The board school is run by Shekhar (Abhi Bhattacharya). Shekhar tries to instill good values in the students using unorthodox teaching methods. He gains the students' trust and educates them about the heritage of their country and encourages them to become model citizens.
At the boarding school, Ajay continues his ways and gets into trouble all the time, including with Shekhar. Meanwhile, Ajay meets and befriends a crippled boy named Shakti (Rattan Kumar) whose character is the opposite of Ajay. Shakti tries very hard to help Ajay change his ways, but Ajay's stubborn nature gets in the way.
Finally one day, Ajay attempts to leave the hostel and Shakti finds out. Shakti tries to go after him and stop him but his handicap slows him down and his earnestness to get Ajay back causes him to lose track of the heavy traffic on the road. That is when Shakti is run over in a horrific accident. This was the triggering moment in Ajay, realizing that it was because of his stubbornness, Shakti died. This moves him to change and become a better person. He goes on to excel in academics and sports.
Meanwhile, Shekhar's method of teaching wins approval by the education board in the end. He decides to leave the boarding school to spread his message elsewhere through his unorthodox but successful ways.
- Abhi Bhattacharya... as Shekhar
- Pranoti Ghosh
- Bipin Gupta
- Mumtaz Begum
- Rajkumar Gupta... as Ajay
- Rattan Kumar... as Shakti
- Chandan Kumar
- Padmakar (as Padmaker)
- Aao Bachhon Tumhen Dikhaaye - Pradeep
- Chalo Chalen Ma - Asha Bhosle
- De Di Hamein Azaadi - Asha Bhosle
- Hum Laaye Hain Toofan Se Kashti Nikaal Ke - Mohammed Rafi
- Filmfare Award for Best Movie
- National Film Awards
- 1954 - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi - Certificate of Merit
The Pakistani film Bedari had an identical plot and the songs, with replacement of some words, and music were taken directly from Jagriti. Rattan Kumar (Syed Nazir Ali), who had moved to Pakistan with his family, acted in Bedari also.
- "2nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
- Nandini Chandra, Meerit and Opportunity in the Child-centric Nationalistic films of the 1950s, Narratives of Indian Cinema, Manju Jain, Primus Books, 2009, p. 123-144
- Rattan Kumar Profile, Selected Filmography, November 12th, 2011