Adalat (1958 film)

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DVD cover
Directed byKalidas
Produced byMallika Kawatra
N S Kawatra
Written byKalidas
Pradeep Kumar
Music byMadan Mohan
Release date
  • 1958 (1958)

Adalat is a 1958 Bollywood film directed by Kalidas, starring Pradeep Kumar, Nargis, and Pran in lead roles. Composed by Madan Mohan, the songs of film are sung by Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt, Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi. The film is especially known for its meaningful, touching ghazal-type songs and melodious music. "Jana Tha Hum Se Door", "Yoon Hasaraton Ke Daag" and "Unko Ye Shikayat Hai Ki Hum" are generally famous. Similarly, the actors Nargis and Pran performed well.[1]


Nirmala (played by Nargis) is in love with Barrister Rajindra Singh (played by Pradeep Kumar) and they have plans to get married soon. But Nirmala's aunt is jealous to see her happiness and hence wants to marry her off to an uneducated villager. The dispute turns big and Nirmala leaves her home. She takes a job in a dancing school, which turns out to be a front for a brothel. This lands her in prison, but she is not found guilty. When she returns home, she is turned away, and knowing about her shocks and kills her mom.

Again out on the streets, she attempts to find work. Pandit Kedarnath (played by Pran), a pimp, is now following her in order to get her for himself. But coincidentally, she meets Rajindra again. The lovers get married secretly. But then Rajindra leaves for Britain, leaving behind pregnant Nirmala. Rajindra's parents don't accept Nirmala and her child and throw her out. Nirmala gives birth to a baby boy. Her conditions worsen and she is not able to earn her living. She hence gives away her son to Dr. Renuka Roy, a kind woman, and goes into prostitution for earning money. The story turns when her son grows old to become a Public Prosecutor and his first case is of Nirmala, a prostitute, who is now charged with a murder.


  • Nargis as Nirmala
  • Pradeep Kumar as Barrister Rajindra R. "Rajen" Singh
  • Pran as Pandit Kedarnath / Sharif Ahmed
  • Murad as Thakur Ranbir Singh
  • Achala Sachdev as Dr. Renuka Roy
  • Yakub as Mirza Saheb


Lyrics of the songs are written by Rajendra Krishan and are composed by Madan Mohan.

1."Zameen Se Hamen Aasmaan Par"Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi03:44
2."Yun Hasraton Ke Daag Mohabbat Mein"Lata Mangeshkar04:00
3."Dupatta Mera Malmal Ka"Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt02:49
4."Jaana Tha Humse Door Bahaane Bana Liye"Lata Mangeshkar03:20
5."Unko Yeh Shiqaayat Hai Ki Hum Kuchh Nahin Kehte"Lata Mangeshkar04:31
6."Ja Ja Re Ja Saajna (slow)"Lata Mangeshkar 
7."Ja Ja Re Ja Saajna (fast)"Asha Bhosle05:50
8."Jab Din Haseen Dil Ho Jawaan"Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi04:07


  1. ^ Rajaiah, Ratna (20 July 2001). "The king of melody". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 February 2012.

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