Anmol Ghadi

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Anmol Ghadi
Anmol Ghadi, 1946 film.jpg
Directed byMehboob Khan
Written byAnwar Batalvi (story)
Agha Jani Kashmiri (writer)
Noor Jehan
Music byNaushad
Tanvir Naqvi (film song lyrics)
CinematographyFaredoon A. Irani
Release date
11 November 1946 (1946-11-11)
Running time
122 min
Box office 1,00,00,000 [1]

Anmol Ghadi (English translation: Precious Moment ) is a 1946 Indian drama film directed by Mehboob Khan, starring Surendra, Suraiya and Noor Jehan.

The film was a musical hit and still remembered for its music by Naushad, with hits like "Aawaaz De Kahaan Hai", "Jawaan Hai Mohabbat Haseen Hai Zamana" and "Mere Bachpan Ke Saathi Mujhe Bhool Na Jaana". The film also featured playback singer, Mohammed Rafi's first notable song, "Tera Khilauna Toota Balak",[2] and became the highest-grossing film at the Indian box office in 1946.[1]

The film was an inspiration for the 2001 Telugu movie Manasantha Nuvve. The Telugu movie went to be remade in Hindi as Jeena Sirf Merre Liye (2002), in Kannada as Manasella Neene (2002), in Tamil as Thithikudhe (2003), in Bengali as Moner Majhe Tumi (2003) and in Odia as Nei Jaa Re Megha Mate(2008).


Chander and Lata were good childhood friends in Jahanabad, Lata was the daughter of a rich family, whereas Chander was the son of a poor, widowed mother. Lata's parents didn't like Lata being friends with Chander. Renu's family gets transferred to Bombay. At the time of departure, Renu gifts her watch to Chander as a memento.

They grow up. Chander goes to Bombay to search for Lata. Chander's rich friend Parkash opens a musical instruments shop for Chander, where Chander can earn his livelihood by repairing musical instruments. Parkash's mother doesn't like Parkash spending money for Chander. Lata has become a writer, her work is published under the nickname of "Renu" aka "Renuka Devi"; Chander becomes a fan of her work. Basanti is Lata's friend. In one of her novels, Lata writes the story of the Childhood friendship of Chander and Lata. Chander reads it and writes a letter to Renu (Lata) to find out how she knows of this story and if she knows Lata, then she can help him find Lata. Reading that letter, Basanti forces Lata to call Chander to meet, plotting that Basanti will meet Chander as well as Lata. Basanti meets Chander there and falls in love with Chander. Chander was carrying the watch gifted by Lata to him all the time, which he loses when Basanti meets him and Basanti locates it. Seeing the watch, Lata recognizes it and recognizes Chander. Basanti feels hurt and blames Lata that she had known that Basanti was in love with Chander, and even then Lata didn't tell her that Chander is the same guy who Lata herself was in love with. Lata later tells her that she herself was not aware of it.

Lata's parents contact Parkash for marrying Lata. When Chander comes to know of it, under the lifetime of obligations to Parkash, he sacrifices his love for Lata in favor of Parkash. Chander's mother dies. Parkash marries Lata; Chander walks off into the sunset, followed by Basanti.


Cast in order of the opening credits
  • Noorjehan as Lata/Renuka Devi
  • Surendra as Chandrabhan
  • Zahur Raja as Prakash
  • Suraiya as Basanti
  • Leela Misra as Chandrabhan's mother
  • Anwari Begum
  • Bhudo Advani as Mohan
  • Murad as Deputy
  • Bibibai
  • Amirbanu as Prakash's mother
  • N. Kabir as young Chandrabhan
  • Noor Mahal as young Lata
  • Master Gulam Mohamed
  • Wasker
  • Agha Mehsher Shirazi
  • Nawabkhan


Anmol Ghadi
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Naushad chronology
Anmol Ghadi

Music: Naushad; Lyrics: Tanvir Naqvi[2]

Track # Song Singer(s)
1 "Uran Khatole Pe Ud Jaoon"[2] Shamshad Begum and Zohrabai Ambalewali
2 "Aaja Meri Barbaad Mohabbat Ke Sahaare" Noor Jehan
3 "Jawan Hai Mohabbat Haseen Hai Zamana" [2] Noor Jehan
4 "Awaz De Kahan Hai"[3] Noor Jehan, Surendra
5 "Kya Mil Gaya Bhagwan"[2] Noor Jehan
6 "Main Dil Mein Dard Basa Laai" Suraiya
7 "Socha Tha Kya Kya Ho Gaya" Suraiya
8 "Mere Bachpan Ke Saathi" Noor Jehan
9 "Kyon Yaad Aa Rahe Hain" Surendra
10 "Man Leta Hai Angdai" Suraiya
11 "Ab Kaun Hai Mera" Surendra
12 "Tera Khilauna Toota Balak" [2] Mohammed Rafi


  1. ^ a b Box Office India. "Top Earners 1946". Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Karan Bali. "Anmol Ghadi (1946) film review". website. Retrieved 20 November 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Noor Jehan's song list (1941 - 1950) on website Published 8 August 2010, Retrieved 18 November 2019

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