Boy Friend (1961 film)

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Boy Friend
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Directed byNaresh Saigal
Produced byNaresh Saigal
K. Dutta
Written byShivaji Rathore
StarringShammi Kapoor
Nishi Kohli
Music byShankar Jaikishan
CinematographyKrishan Saigal
Edited byPran Mehra
Release date

Boy Friend is a 1961 Hindi movie directed by Naresh Saigal. The film stars Shammi Kapoor, Madhubala and Dharmendra. The film's music is by Shankar Jaikishan. This movie is remake of the movie Kismet, that starred the golden era superstar Ashok Kumar along with Mumtaz Shanti, Shah Nawaz and Mehmood.


Eight-year-old Madan is separated from his wealthy parents, Thakur Harcharan Singh (Shivraj) and his wife Rajni. Their other son, Madan's younger brother, Sunil (Dharmendra) grows up to become a police inspector and is searching for his lost brother Madan.

Madan (Shammi Kapoor) — who now is known by the name Shyam — has managed to survive by becoming a petty thief and has ended up in jail. On his release, he boards a train to Mumbai, where he meets Shantilal, a man he had known earlier in jail. The man, who is old and ill, asks Shyam to find his two daughters, Sangita and Sushma, whom he had abandoned due to poverty and debt years before.

When Shyam arrives in Mumbai, he begins searching for the sisters. He soon finds a young woman named Sushma (Nishi Kohli). When she drives off, he follows her in a taxi to a theater owned by Harcharan Singh — who arrives with his wife.

Sushma's elder sister Sangita (Madhubala) is practicing dance for her stage debut in a play called "Boy Friend." The problem is that the play does not have a male lead.

While they are at the theater, Mrs. Singh's necklace is stolen by someone in the crowd. Inspector Sunil has just arrived with his men, and they start chasing the thief. Shyam sees the thief hide the necklace in a case in the sisters' car. That evening, Shyam sneaks into the sisters' house and retrieves the stolen necklace from the case. He also meets Sangita. When he relays their father's message to them, the sisters invite him to stay with them.

Shyam leaves early the next morning to return the stolen necklace to Sunil. But the Singhs' servant Sampat (Dhumal) steals the necklace from him and sells the necklace to a dealer.

Shyam, deciding to leave the life of crime and seek a job, sees the ad for a hero opposite Sangita in "Boy Friend" and goes to audition in front of Harcharan Singh. He is hired and the show opens in Shimla with great success. When he takes Sangita skiing, she breaks her leg - an operation is expensive, and she cannot appear on stage any longer. Harcharan sends his manager to demand that the sisters pay off their debt to him or lose their house. Shyam is furious at this, and quits his job as hero for the theater company. Without a job, the problem is finding the money that Sangita needs desperately, without resorting to his old thieving ways.


  • Shammi Kapoor as Madan, a.k.a. Shyam
  • Madhubala as Sangeeta
  • Dharmendra as Police Inspector Sunil Singh
  • Nishi Kohli as Sushma
  • Dhumal as Sampat
  • Maruti Rao as Sevakram
  • Mahendra
  • Amirbai Karnataki as Mrs. Rajni Singh
  • Radheshyam
  • Sudesh
  • Shivraj as Thakur Harcharan Singh
  • Mohan Choti as Dance Master (uncredited)
  • Moolchand as Thakur's Manager (uncredited)


# Title Singer(s)
1 "Mujhe Apna Yaar Bana Lo" Mohammed Rafi
2 "Dekho Na Jao Jane Man" Subir Sen
3 "Kyon Ji Mujhe Pehchana" Mohammed Rafi
4 "Salam Aap Ki Methi Nazar Ko Salam" Mohammed Rafi
5 "Dheere Chal Ae Bheegi Hawa" Mohammed Rafi
6 "Aai Ga Aai Ga Ye Kya Ho Gaya" (आई गं आई गं आई गं ये क्या हो गया) Mohammed Rafi, Aarti Mukherji
7 "Dekho Na Jao Jane Man" Lata Mangeshkar
8 "Mujhe Apna Yaar Banalo" Mohammed Rafi

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