Caravan (1971 film)

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Caravan 1971.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNasir Hussain
Produced byTahir Hussain
Written byNasir Hussain
Majrooh Sultanpuri (lyrics)
Screenplay bySachin Bhowmick
Based onGirl on the Run (1953)
Asha Parekh
Music byR. D. Burman
CinematographyMunir Khan
Edited byBabu Lavande
Gurudutt Shirali
Nasir Hussain Films
T.V. Films
Distributed bySky Entertainment (DVD since 2002)
Release date
  • 14 October 1971 (1971-10-14)
Running time
161 min
Box office3,60,00,000[1]

Caravan (Hindi pronunciation: [kaːɾʋaːn]; Karwaan) is a 1971 Bollywood thriller film, produced by Tahir Hussain under the Nasir Hussain Films & T.V. Films banner and directed by Nasir Hussain. It stars Jeetendra, Asha Parekh in lead roles and music composed by R.D. Burman. The film was inspired by the English movie Girl on the Run (1953).[2] Three more Hussain fixtures were involved in the songs; lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri and music composer R.D. Burman and Mohammad Rafi. The film was recorded as a "Super Hit" at Box Office India.[3]


The film is an action thriller about a young woman, Sunita (Asha Parekh) and her father Mohandas (Murad), who finds out that his trusted employee, Rajan (Krishen Mehta), has been embezzling money from him. He confronts him and Rajan attacks him, flinging him out of the window of the multi-storied building, but the police think that the death was accidental. This leaves the coast clear for Rajan to wed Mohandas' only daughter, Sunita. Sunita is distraught and ends up married to this "wrong" man, Rajan. Shortly after the wedding, Sunita finds out the truth. She thinks that Rajan has conspired with his girlfriend Monica (Helen) to murder her. So she runs away to find her father's old friend in Bangalore, who may be able to help. On the way, she experiences an accident and ends up with a band of performing gypsies. She meets caravan van-driver Mohan (Jeetendra) and she is attracted towards him. Sunita does not know that she has put herself in danger again - this time at the hands of knife-thrower, Nisha (Aruna Irani), who loves Mohan, and will kill anyone who gets in her way. To make matters worse, Rajan has not given up his search for Sunita.


  • Jeetendra as Mohan
  • Asha Parekh as Sunita / Soni
  • Aruna Irani as Nisha
  • Mehmood Jr. as Monto
  • Helen as Monica
  • Krishen Mehta as Rajan
  • Ravindra Kapoor as Johny
  • Madan Puri as Mithalal Tota
  • Sanjana as Tara
  • Manorama as Mrs. Tota
  • Anwar Ali as Bhola
  • Murad as Mohandas
  • Dulari as Mohan's mom
  • Shivraj as Karamchand


The soundtrack of the film is one of the hit compositions by R. D. Burman. The lyrics of the songs are provided by the veteran poet Majrooh Sultanpuri.

# Title Singer(s) Notes
1 "Ab Jo Mile Hain To" Asha Bhosle Picturized on Aruna Irani, Jeetendra & Asha Parekh
2 "Chadti Jawani Meri Chaal Mastani" Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar Picturized on Jeetendra & Aruna Irani
3 "Daiya Ae Main Kahan" Asha Bhosle Picturized on Asha Parekh
4 "Dilbar Dil Se Pyare" Lata Mangeshkar Picturized on Aruna Irani
5 "Goria Kahan Tera Desh" Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle Picturized on Jeetendra and Aruna Irani
6 "Hum To Hain Rahi Dil Ke" Kishore Kumar Picturized on Jeetendra
7 "Kitna Pyara Wada Hai" Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar Picturized on Jeetendra and Asha Parekh
8 "Piya Tu Ab To Aaja" Asha Bhosle Picturized on Helen
Asha Bhosle won the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award

Box office[edit]

The film grossed 3.6 crore in India. It was the sixth highest-grossing film of 1971 at the domestic Indian box office.[1] According to Box Office India, when adjusted in terms of 2011 gold value, Caravan grossed the equivalent of 240.3 crore (equivalent to 353 crore or US$49 million in 2017) in India.[3]

Overseas, Caravan became one of the few Indian films to become a commercial success in China, after Awaara (1951). Along with Noorie (1979), Caravan left a strong impression on Chinese audiences in the 1980s. It took decades before Tahir Hussain's son Aamir Khan later had a similar impact in China,[4][5] with films such as Lagaan (2001),[6] 3 Idiots (2009), PK (2014), and Dangal (2016).[4][5][7] During his visit to China, Aamir Khan said his father's film Caravan is still fondly remembered there.[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Box Office 1971". "". Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  2. ^ Parekh, Asha and Mohammed, Khalid. The Hit Girl. New Delhi: Om Books International (2017), p. 120
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 November 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Dangal underlines popularity of Indian films in China". China Daily. 2017-07-20.
  5. ^ a b "Aamir: I couldn't really enjoy the food in China". Rediff. 21 May 2015.
  6. ^ Anil K. Joseph (20 November 2002). "Lagaan revives memories of Raj Kapoor in China". Press Trust of India. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Aamir Khan's Father's Film Caravan Still Remembered in China. Now, it Loves PK". NDTV. 11 June 2015.

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