Bobby (1973 film)

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Bobby film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Raj Kapoor
Produced by Raj Kapoor
Written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
Jainendra Jain
V.P. Sathe
Starring Rishi Kapoor
Dimple Kapadia
Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Cinematography Radhu Karmakar
Edited by Raj Kapoor
Distributed by R.K. Films Ltd.
Release date
28 September 1973 (1973-09-28)
Running time
169 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Bobby is a 1973 Bollywood romantic film directed by Raj Kapoor. It was wildly popular and widely imitated. It was the film début for Dimple Kapadia and the first leading role for Raj Kapoor's son, Rishi Kapoor.

The movie is a trend-setter in its own right. It introduced in Bollywood the genre of teenage romance with a rich-vs-poor clash as a backdrop. Numerous movies in the following years were inspired by this plot.

Indiatimes Movies ranks Bobby amongst the 'Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films'.[1] The film became a "blockbuster", was the top grossing hit of 1973,[2] and became the second top grossing hit of the 1970s.[3]


The story is about the love between two Mumbai teenagers of different classes — Raj Nath (Rishi Kapoor), son of a rich businessman Mr. Nath (played by Pran), and Bobby Braganza (Dimple Kapadia), daughter of a poor Goan Christian fisherman Jack Braganza (played by Prem Nath).

The couple first sees each other during Raj's birthday party and meet when Raj goes to see his old governess, Mrs. Braganza. There, he sees her granddaughter Bobby, and it is love at first sight for him. Raj and Bobby go to see a movie but find out it is closed. Then Raj gets an idea to go to a party. At the party Bobby sees Raj talking to another girl and thinks he is using her. As the story progresses, Raj realises that his relationship with the daughter of a poor fisherman is not taken kindly by his eccentric father. Upon Raj's insistence, Mr. Nath visits Jack to initiate talks of Raj and Bobby's wedding. But instead, Mr. Nath accuses Jack of using his daughter's beauty and charm to trap Raj for his money. He even offers Jack cash to have Bobby stop seeing Raj. Jack feels highly humiliated by this accusation and reciprocates by insulting Mr. Nath. Their talk enters a deadlock and spells doom for Raj and Bobby's tender love.

Mr. Nath engages Raj to a mentally challenged girl, Alka (Farida Jalal), to establish business ties with her rich father. But Raj runs away from home, to unite with Bobby. They run away together. Mr. Nath advertises a reward for anyone who can help find his son. Prem Chopra (Prem Chopra) decides that he wants the money, and he and his goons kidnap Raj and Bobby. When they try to escape, Prem starts beating Raj. Mr. Nath and the police come to help, and they find Jack already there attempting to help Raj. Raj and Bobby run away from their fathers and jump over a waterfall. Mr. Nath and Jack jump into the water after them. Mr. Nath rescues Bobby, while Jack rescues Raj.

They realize that they love their children very much and don't want to stand in the way of their happiness. They accept each other's kids as their own and give their blessings to the union.



Some scenes were shot in Gulmarg. One scene was shot in a hut in Gulmarg, which became famous as the 'Bobby Hut'.[4][5] A few scenes towards the end of the movie were shot on Pune-Sholapur highway near Loni Kalbhor where Raj Kapoor owned a farm.


Song Singer(s) Notes
"Ae Ae Ae Phansa" Lata Mangeshkar Picturized on Aruna Irani
"Ankhiyon Ko Rahne De" Lata Mangeshkar Based on the song "Ankhiyan nu rehen de" by Reshma[citation needed]
"Beshak Mandir Masjid" Narendra Chanchal

Lyrics by Raj Kavi Inderjeet Singh Tulsi

"Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Ho" Lata Mangeshkar and Shailender Singh
"Jhoot Bole Kauva Kate" Lata Mangeshkar and Shailender Singh Picturized on Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia in a village dance setting.
"Main Shayar To Nahin" Shailender Singh Picturised on Rishi Kapoor. The song was reused and picturised again on him in the 2004 film Hum Tum.
"Mujhe Kuchh Kahna Hai" Shailender Singh and Lata Mangeshkar
"Na Mangun Sona Chandi" Manna Dey and Shailender Singh




  1. ^ Kanwar, Rachna (3 October 2005). "25 Must See Bollywood Movies". Indiatimes movies. Archived from the original on 15 October 2007. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  2. ^ "Box Office 1973". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Top Earners 1970-1979". Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  4. ^ Shah Rukh Khan ek kamre mein band in Kashmir
  5. ^ The Gulmarg Nostalgia-X (Bollywood in Gulmarg-II!)
  6. ^ 69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007 Archived 22 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "1st Filmfare Awards 1953" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-06-01. 

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