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Directed by Harnam Singh Rawail
Produced by Harnam Singh Rawail
Written by Mahasweta Devi (story)
Anjana Rawail (screenplay)
Gulzar &
Abrar Alvi (dialogue)
Starring Dilip Kumar
Balraj Sahni
Sanjeev Kumar
Music by Naushad
Cinematography R. D. Mathur
Studio Rahul Theatre
Distributed by Shemaroo Entertainment
Release dates 27 July 1968
Country India
Language Hindi

Sunghursh is a 1968 Hindi movie directed by Harnam Singh Rawail. It was based on a story by Jnanpith Award winner, Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi, which presents a fictionalized account of vendetta within a Thuggee cult in the holy Indian town of Varanasi.

The film stars Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Sanjeev Kumar, Balraj Sahni, Jayant, Deven Verma, Durga Khote and Iftekhar. The films music is by Naushad


Bhavani Prasad (Jayant) is one such powerful thug, who masquerades as a priest. His son Shankar refused to follow his path so he wants his grandson Kundan to carry on the legacy. When his son protests, in a fit of rage, Bhavani gets Shankar killed and passes the buck to his bête noire and cousin Naubat Lal. When Naubat Lal spills the beans he gets him killed as well, which deepens the family feud.

Kundan (Dilip Kumar) grows up into a sensitive young man who doesn’t want to practise his grand father’s policy of hate. It is quite unlike, Naubat’s sons Ganeshi and Dwarka (Balraj Sahni and Sanjeev Kumar), whose only aim is to finish Bhavani’s clan. Amidst all these tense moments, we have Munni the childhood love of Kundan who fortuitously lands in the family of a courtesan and becomes Laila-e-Aasman (Vyjayanthimala), a title she got from none other than Wajid Ali Shah. Ganeshi has a soft corner for her but still uses her to reach Kundan not realising the two share a childhood bond.



# Title Singer(s)
1 "Jab Dil Se Dil" Mohammad Rafi
2 "Ishq Diwana" Mohammad Rafi
3 "Mere Paas Aao" Lata Mangeshkar
4 "Tasveer-E-Mohabbat" Asha Bhosle
5 "Agar Yeh Husn Mera" Lata Mangeshkar
6 "Mere Pairon Mein Ghunghroo" Mohammad Rafi
7 "Chhedo Na Dil Ki Baat" Lata Mangeshkar


Ceremony Award Category Nominee Outcome
Filmfare Awards[1] 16th Filmfare Awards Best Actor Dilip Kumar Nominated
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards[2] 32nd Annual BFJA Awards Fourth Best Indian Film Harnam Singh Rawail Won
Best Actor Dilip Kumar Won
Best Actress Vyjayanthimala Won
Best Supporting Actor Jayant Won
Best Dialogue Gulzar & Abrar Alvi Won


  1. ^ "The Nominations - 1968". Indiatimes. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  2. ^ "1969: 32nd Annual BFJA Awards: Awards For The Year 1968". Retrieved 2011-07-24. 

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