|Directed by||Manoj Kumar|
|Produced by||Harkishen R. Mirchandani|
|Written by||Manoj Kumar|
|Music by||Kalyanji Anandji|
|Cinematography||V. N. Reddy|
|Edited by||B.S. Glaad|
|Running time||175 min.|
Upkar (उपकार) is a 1967 Indian Hindi film directed by Manoj Kumar.The film became superhit at the box-office. Manoj Kumar started his Mr. Bharat persona and his brand of patriotism & fearless courage with this film.
Manoj Kumar played a village man 'Bharat', who sacrifices everything to get his brother educated. His brother (Prem Chopra) goes abroad and comes back a selfish man wanting his share of the property. But when war of 1965 between India and Pakistan breaks out, Bharat is off to the war; while his selfish brother, with the help of his greedy uncle, Charandas(Madan Puri) and some partners, tries to gain profit by selling drugs and blackmarketering in the market. In the end, Bharat returns as a war hero defeating the demon designs of the enemy and his brother repents as he is caught by the police (by the brother-in-law of Bharat). Hence, he vows to be a good & hardworking brother just like his Indo-Pak war veteran brother Bharat.
The movie also stars Asha Parekh as a doctor promoting family planning, Kamini Kaushal and Pran in his first positive character role. The film won the top spot at the box office in 1967. Madan Puri played the main villain with ease, full ability and command. This is one of his best films. The film won several major awards.
Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri praised his earlier film Shaheed and enthused Manoj Kumar to make a film on the Jai Jawaan Jai Kissan slogan. The slogan shaped into Manoj Kumar's official debut as a director for Upkar, where he believably played both a jawan and a kisan. A huge hit, Upkar made Manoj an authority on screen patriotism 
According to Movie expert Rajesh Subramanian, Rajesh Khanna was originally signed for the film but before the shooting kicked off he won the All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare and thus had to withdraw. Prem Chopra replaced him.
- Manoj Kumar - Bharat
- Asha Parekh - Kavita
- Prem Chopra - Puran Kumar
- Kanhaiyalal - Lala Dhaniram
- Pran - Malang Chacha
- David - Major saab
- Kamini Kaushal - Radha
- Asit Sen - Lakhpati
- Tun Tun - Lakhpati's Wife
- Madan Puri - Charan Das
- Aruna Irani
According to film expert Rajesh Subramanian Rajesh Khanna was first selected for Puran's role. Since he had signed a contract with the producers association and was not allowed to do outside films Manoj Kumar replaced him with Prem chopra.
|1||"Deewanon Se Ye Mat Poocho"||Qamar Jalalabadi||Mukesh|
|2||"Kasme Waade Pyar Wafa"||Indeevar||Manna Dey|
|3||"Mere Desh Ki Dharti"||Gulshan Bawra||Mahendra Kapoor|
|4||"Aayi Jhoomke Basant"||Prem Dhawan||Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor & Manna Dey|
|5||"Gulabi Raat Gulabi"||Indeevar||Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi|
|6||"Har Khushi Ho Wahan"||Gulshan Bawra||Lata Mangeshkar|
Awards and nominations
- Filmfare Best Movie Award--Manoj Kumar
- Filmfare Best Director Award--Manoj Kumar
- Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award--Pran
- Filmfare Best Story Award--Manoj Kumar
- Filmfare Best Dialogue Award--Manoj Kumar
- Filmfare Best Lyricist Award--Gulshan Bawra for the song "Mere Desh Ki Dharti"
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Actor--Manoj Kumar
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Music--Kalyanji Anandji
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Male Playback Singer--Mahendra Kapoor for the song "Mere Desh Ki Dharti"
- National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film--Manoj Kumar
- National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer --Mahendra Kapoor for the song "Mere Desh Ki Dharti"
- BFJA Award for Best Dialogue (Hindi)--Manoj Kumar
- Box office