Ab Dilli Dur Nahin
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|Ab Dilli Dur Nahin|
Original Hindi poster
|Directed by||Amar Kumar|
|Produced by||Raj Kapoor|
|Written by||Rajinder Singh Bedi
|Edited by||Dinkar Shetye|
|Distributed by||R.K. Films Ltd.
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Ab Dilli Dur Nahin (Now Delhi is not far away) is a 1957 Indian Hindi-language film directed by Amar Kumar and written by Rajinder Singh Bedi and Muhafiz Hyder. The film was produced by Raj Kapoor and starred Yakub, Anwar Hussain, Motilal, Nand Kishore and Jagdeep, and, in very minor role, Amjad Khan (Gabbar of Sholay).
Ab Dilli Dur Nahin is the story of a journey in search of justice. Hariram, a poor labourer, loved his wife and son Rattan so much that he lavished them with all the comforts of life, even though it meant he was constantly in debt. Hariram's life fell apart when he lost his wife. So grief-stricken was he that he even lost his job due to poor attendance. Misery drove him to seek solace in alcohol. When drunken Hariram reached home, he found his son crying as an evil loan shark Sethji had beaten him up.
In a fit of rage, Hariram went to Sethji's house and nearly killed him but for the timely intervention of Mukunda, who also owed Sethji money. Hariram left, but not before threatening to kill Bhola Seth. During the night, while Hariram was asleep next to where his wife had been cremated, Mukunda broke into Sethjis house to steal his valuables. When Sethji tried to stop him, he killed Sethji.
Hariram was found guilty for this murder and sent to Delhi to await his death sentence. His distressed son, Rattan, not knowing how to save his innocent father meets Ghaseeta, a pickpocket, who had seen Hariram asleep in the crematorium. He relates the story to the police, but they question his credibility. Uneducated Ghaseeta decides to go to Delhi with Rattan to plead Hariram's case before Pt. Nehru.
Mukunda fears for his life and follows in pursuit of the child and his witness. A race begins between Rattan, the pickpocket and the real culprit as he attempts to stop them too.
- Master Romi .... Rattan (as Romi)
- Sulochana Latkar .... Bela (as Sulochana)
- Yakub....Ghaseeta (as Yakub)
- Anwar Hussain .... Mukund Lal
- Motilal .... Hari Ram
- Nand Kishore
- Jagdeep .... Masita
- Amjad Khan .... Lachhu (child artist) (as Amjad)
- Baij Sharma
- C.S. Dubey .... Ram Bharose (as Dubey)
- Shivaji Rathore
- Om Prakash
- Manohar Gir
- Mohan Choti .... Mitho (child artist)
- Suraj Prakash
- Baby Chand
- Ghanshyam (as Ghansham)
- Ram Kumar
- Chandan Mukherji
- Iftekhar .... Inspector (as Iftikhar)
- Hari Shivdasani .... Prosecuting Lawyer
- Nana Palsikar .... Defending Lawyer
- Bhudo Advani (as Budo Adwani)
- Bhupendra Kapoor .... Guest Appearance (as Bhupendra Kapur)
The music for Ab Dilli Dur Nahin was composed by Dattaram, the lyrics penned by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri, including the popular song "Chun Chun Karti Aayi Chidiya".
- "Mata O Mata Jo Tu Aaj Hoti" - Sudha Malhotra
- "Yeh Chaman Hamara Apna Hai" - Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt
- "Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram Ramleela" - Shamshad Begum, Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhosle
- "Chun Chun Karati Aai Chidiyaa" - Mohammed Rafi
- "Jiyo Lal Mere Tum Lakho Baras" - Lata Mangeshkar
- "Bhej Chhana Chhan" - Mohammed Rafi, S Balbir
- "Lo Har Chiz Lelo Zamane Ke Logo" - Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhosle
- "Malik Tere Jaha Me" - Sudha Malhotra
- "Maalik Tere Jahaan Men" - Sudha Malhotra
The film premiered in 1957.