Babul (1950 film)

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Directed by S.U. Sunny
Produced by Naushad
Written by Azmi Bazidpuri
Starring Dilip Kumar, Munawar Sultana, Nargis
Music by Naushad
Cinematography Fali Mistry
Edited by Moosa Mansoor
Release date
December 15, 1950
Running time
142 minutes
Country India
Language Urdu

Babul (English: Father's House) is a 1950 Bollywood film directed by S.U. Sunny, produced and with music direction by Naushad. The film stars Dilip Kumar, Munawar Sultana and Nargis. A box office success, the film became the second highest earning film of 1950, earning an approximate gross of Rs. 1,25,00,000 and a net of Rs. 70,00,000.[1]


Ashok hails from a wealthy family and has a job as a postmaster, but it is clear that his job requires little hard labor, aside from sending an occasional telegram, leaving him time to enjoy his comforts – cigarettes, painting and song writing. A girl named Bela, the poor and simple daughter of the former postmaster strives for his affections and is supported by her poor father who wants her married. Bela prepares Ashok's meals, teases and amuses him, and imagines a happy marriage with Ashok, who likes her but is not in love with her.

Bela has competition from the wealthy landowner Jamnadas's daughter Usha, who lives a lavish lifestyle in a hilltop mansion. Usha, drives a foreign car and seems more suitable for Ashok, the young postmaster. They share a love of fine art and music, and Usha falls in love with his singing and arranges for him to give her music lessons on her grand piano in a boudoir adorned with fine art. Bela, heartbroken, in a fit of jealousy intervenes by lying to Usha that Ashok has already professed his love for her and is playing a double game. In a surprising display of class-transcending understanding, Usha agrees to renounce her love for Ashok in favor of Bela's claim, and accepts a proposal from the aristocratic son of one of her father's colleagues. As Usha's wedding approaches, both she and Ashok become depressed and Bela has recurring nightmares of a black-veiled rider coming to carry her away.

Bela witnesses Usha's wedding while sitting in a tree, believing that shortly afterwards she would be married off to Ashok. But the tree branch that she is sitting on breaks and she falls to the ground, severely injured. As she is brought back to her father's home in this condition, Ashok arrives and promises her father he would marry Bela. As Ashok sits on Bela's bedside to comfort her, Bela dreams again that the black-veiled rider has come to get her and dies.



Soundtrack album by Naushad
Released 1950
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Naushad chronology

The score and a soundtrack of fifteen songs was composed by Naushad and the lyrics were penned by Shakeel Badayuni. The songs were mostly about the joys and pains of love, and the film is closely connected to the lyrics. The best known song in the film Chod Babul Ka Ghar (literally meaning Now you must leave your father’s house), is performed when a newly married girl departs from her maternal home and village. The love song Nadi Kinare (On the bank of a river) is performed by Ashok and Usha and a group of boatmen.[2]

Track # Song Singer(s) Length
1 Duniya Badal Gayi Talat Mahmood, Shamshad Begum 3:30
2 Dhadke Mera Dil Shamshad Begum 3:37
3 Chhod Babul Ka Ghar Shamshad Begum 3:15
4 Kisi Ke Dil Men Rahna Tha Shamshad Begum, Lata Mangeshkar 3:37
5 Lagan More Man Ki Lata Mangeshkar, Munawar Sultana 3:12
6 Mera Jeevan Saathi Bichhad Gaya Talat Mahmood 3:40
7 Milte Hi Ankhen Dil Hua Diwana Shamshad Begum, Talat Mahmood 3:11
8 Panchhi Ban Mein Lata Mangeshkar 3:03
9 Husn Walon Ko Na Dil Do Talat Mahmood 3:31
10 Jadoo Bhare Nainon Men Shamshad Begum, Dilip Kumar 3:29
11 Nadi Kinare Saath Hamare Shamshad Begum, Talat Mahmood
12 Na Socha Tha Yeh Shamshad Begum 3:32


The film takes a theatrical form, largely attributed to the set of the film and script. Cinematographer Fali Mistry contributes much to the film with atmospheric lighting, especially during night scenes and is able to create an essence of darkness in the hilltop mansion which adds an element of suspense.

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  1. ^ Box Office India. "Top Earners 1950". Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  2. ^ Untitled Document Archived 31 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.

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