Char Dil Char Rahen
|Char Dil Char Rahen|
|Directed by||Khwaja Ahmad Abbas|
|Produced by||Khwaja Ahmad Abbas|
Khwaja Ahmad Abbas|
Inder Raj Anand
V. P. Sathe
|Screenplay by||Khwaja Ahmad Abbas|
|Based on||Char Dil Char Rahen|
Raj Kapoor |
|Box office||$11.06 million (₹5.27 crore)|
Char Dil Char Rahen (English title: Four Hearts, Four Roads) is a 1959 Hindi film directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, and starring two big stars of the era, Shammi Kapoor and Raj Kapoor. The movie is based on a novel of the same name.
The story revolves around three love stories that run simultaneously. The background of the movie is a construction of a crossroads with 4 roads and all people are related to the road that is being built and are involved. How the love stories unfold forms the crux of the movie.
- Raj Kapoor as Govinda
- Ajit as Dilawar
- Shammi Kapoor as Johnny Braganza
- Meena Kumari as Chavli
- Kumkum as Stella D'Souza
- Nimmi as Pyari
- Anwar Hussain as Nawab Saab
- David Abraham as Ferreira
- Nana Palsikar as Pujariji
- Achala Sachdev
- P. Jairaj as Nirmal Kumar
- Rashid Khan
- Kumari Naaz (as Baby Naaz)
It was released simultaneously with other big films, Devendra Goel's Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan and V Shantaram's Navrang, while Navrang was a hit, Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan broke even and Char Dil Char Rahen failed at the Indian box office in 1959.
However, it later went on to become an overseas blockbuster at the Soviet box office, where it drew 39.8 million viewers in 1962. In the Soviet Union, the film grossed 9.95 million SUR[n 1] (US$11.06 million,[n 2] ₹5.27 crore),[n 3] equivalent to US$89 million (₹591 crore) in 2016. Its overseas Soviet gross exceeded the domestic Indian gross of all films released in 1959 and 1962.
Shammi Kapoor received a legal notice from director Abbas when he refused to act for one of the songs in the film, and many other controversies with the stars of that era caused director Abbas to vow to stop making movies with mainstream movie stars.
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