Afsana (film)

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Directed by B. R. Chopra
Produced by
  • Shadilal Handa
  • B. R, Chopra
Written by I. S. Johar
Music by Husnlal Bhagatram
Cinematography Rajendra Malone
Edited by Pran Mehra
Release date
Running time
154 min
Country India
Language Hindi

Afsana (Hindi: अफ़साना, English: The Tale) is a 1951 Bollywood family drama film. It was the directorial debut of Baldev Raj Chopra[1] and starred Ashok Kumar as twin brothers, starting a trend for such dual roles.[2] It co-starred Veena, Pran, Kuldip Kaur, Jeevan, Cuckoo, and Baby Tabassum. The story was written by I. S. Johar and the music composed by Husnlal Bhagatram.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

Ratan and Chaman (Ashok Kumar) are twin brothers who love the same girl, Meera. During a fair, all three are separated. While Chaman and Meera are found, Ratan is untraceable. Years later, Chaman is no longer attracted to Meera, but in a dancing girl named Rasily, while Meera awaits word of her childhood sweetheart Ratan, who she feels is still alive. Then the unexpected happens, Chaman gets into a fight with another man, killing him, and is on the run from the police. Misunderstandings are clarified, and the law declares this to be an accidental death, and as a result Chaman returns. But this is not the same Chaman any more. For one thing, he has lost interest in Rasily, and is more interested in Meera[4]



The music was composed by Husnlal Bhagatram and the lyrics were by Asad Bhopali, Chander Oberoi, Saraswati Kumar Deepak and Gafil Harnalvi.[5]

Soundtrack list[edit]

Number Song Singer Lyricist
1. Duniya Ek Kahaani Re Bhaiya Mohammed Rafi Saraswati Kumar Deepak
2. Kahan Hai Tu Mere Sapnon Ke Raaja Lata Mangeshkar Asad Bhopali
3. Chowpati Pe Kal Jo Mohammed Rafi, Shamshad Begum Chander Oberoi
4. Kismat Bigdi Duniya Badli Mukesh Asad Bhopali
5. Who Aaye Bahaarein Laaye Lata Mangeshkar Asad Bhopali
6. Mohabbat Ka Dono Ke Dil Par Asar Hai Shamshad Begum Asad Bhopali
7. Aaj Kuchh Aisi Chot Lagi Hai Lata Mangeshkar Asad Bhopali
8. Khushiyon Ke Din Lata Mangeshkar Gafil Harnalvi


  1. ^ "Noted filmmaker B R Chopra passes away". The Hindu. 5 November 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Majumdar, Neepa (2009). Wanted Cultured Ladies Only!: Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s-1950s. University of Illinois Press. p. 138. ISBN 978-0-252-07628-2. 
  3. ^ Upperstall. "Afsana 1951". Cast and crew. The Rest Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
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  5. ^ MySwar. "Afsana 1951". MySwar. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 

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