Barsaat (1949 film)

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Film poster
Directed by Raj Kapoor
Produced by Raj Kapoor
Written by Ramanand Sagar
Starring Nargis
Raj Kapoor
Prem Nath
K.N. Singh
Music by Shankar Jaikishan
Cinematography Jal Mistry
Edited by G. G. Mayekar
Release dates
21 April 1949 (India)
Running time
171 min.
Country India
Language Hindi

Barsaat (Hindi: बरसात, English: Rain) is a 1949 Bollywood film directed by Raj Kapoor. The film stars the famous duo of Kapoor and Nargis as well as Prem Nath. It was also the introduction of actress Nimmi in her first film role. Barsaat was one of the first major hit films directed by Kapoor. This success allowed Kapoor to buy RK Studios in 1950.


The film revolves around two love stories. Pran (Raj Kapoor) and Reshma (Nargis) and Gopal (Prem Nath) and Neela (Nimmi). Two friends with opposite personalities, the rich but sensitive Pran and the womanizing Gopal both have affairs with two mountain girls while holidaying in the valley of Kashmir. While Pran and Reshma's love is true and reciprocated, Gopal is a womanizing villain, who disregards the faithful Neela (Nimmi) and condemns her to wait faithfully for his return with the barsaat (rainy season). Many plot intrigues follow through with Pran and Reshma facing many trials on the path to true love, including parental opposition, accidents and an attempted forced marriage of Reshma to an uncouth fisherman. The couple are finally reunited.

Gopal on the other hand finally becomes a reformed character and rushes to claim the ever faithful Neela who has been pining away, only to arrive to find his true love dead. The film ends with Gopal lighting Neela's funeral pyre as the rains finally come.

Artwork and Publicity[edit]

The much acclaimed poster and publicity[1] for the movie were illustrated by the master artist Dr S. M. Pandit. One of the posters showing the heroine dangling on the arm of the hero would go on to inspire the R K Studios' famous logo.


The music of Barsaat became famous upon the film's release in 1949. The film was the debut for music directors Shankar Jaikishan and established their careers. The famous playback singer Lata Mangeshkar famously sang for both Nargis and Nimmi in Barsaat.

The soundtrack was listed by Planet Bollywood at number 1 on their list of the 100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks.[2] Rakesh Budhu of Planet Bollywood gave 10 stars stating, "Barsaat is ideally one of Hindi cinema’s best soundtracks".[3]

Studio album by Shankar Jaikishan
Released 1949
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label HMV-Saregama
Producer Shankar Jaikishan
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Planet Bollywood 10/10 stars[3]


# Title Singer(s) Lyricist
1 "Jiya Beqarar Hai" Lata Mangeshkar Hasrat Jaipuri
2 "Mujhe Kisi Se Pyaar Ho Gaya" Lata Mangeshkar Jalal Malihabadi
3 "Patli Kamar Hai" Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar Shailendra Akhilesh
4 "Bichhde Huye Pardesi" Lata Mangeshkar Hasrat Jaipuri
5 "Ab Mera Kaun Sahara" Lata Mangeshkar Hasrat Jaipuri
6 "Chhod Gaye Balam Mujhe" Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar Hasrat Jaipuri
7 "Meri Aankhon Mein Bas Gaya Koi Re" Lata Mangeshkar Hasrat Jaipuri
8 "Zindagi Mein Hardam Rota Hi Raha" Mohammed Rafi Hasrat Jaipuri
9 "Barsaat Mein Humse Mile" Lata Mangeshkar Shailendra
10 "Hawa Mein Udta Jaye" Lata Mangeshkar Ramesh Shastri
11 "Jiya Beqrar hai" Lata Mangeshkar Shankar Jaikishan


  1. ^ Cinema India: The Art of Bollywood - V&A exhibition
  2. ^ "100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks Ever – Part 4". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Barsaat Music Review by Rakesh Budhu". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 

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