Char Dil Char Rahen

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Char Dil Char Rahen
Chaar Dil Chaar Raahein.jpg
Directed byKhwaja Ahmad Abbas
Produced byKhwaja Ahmad Abbas
Written byKhwaja Ahmad Abbas[1]
Inder Raj Anand
V. P. Sathe
Screenplay byKhwaja Ahmad Abbas
Based onChar Dil Char Rahen
StarringRaj Kapoor
Shammi Kapoor
Meena Kumari
Music byAnil Biswas
Sahir Ludhianvi
CinematographyS. Ramachandra
Naya Sansar
Release date
Running time
160 min.
Box officeest. 5.27 crore (est. 337.28 crore as of 2019)

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, real-life brothers 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.



Box office[edit]

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.[2][3]

However, it later went on to become an overseas blockbuster at the Soviet box office, where it drew 39.8 million viewers in 1962.[4] 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$92 million (591 crore)[8] in 2016. Its overseas Soviet gross exceeded the domestic Indian gross of all films released in 1959[9] and 1962.[10]


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.[2]


  1. ^ 39.8 million tickets sold,[4] average ticket price of 25 kopecks)[5]
  2. ^ 0.9 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1961 to 1971[6]
  3. ^ 4.7619 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1950 to 1965[7]


  1. ^ Char Dil Char Rahen on IMDb
  2. ^ a b "Char Dil Char Rahen (1959)". 6 March 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2018 – via
  3. ^ 1959: Year that was Archived 11 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b Sergey Kudryavtsev. "Зарубежные популярные фильмы в советском кинопрокате (Индия)".
  5. ^ Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
  6. ^ Archive of Bank of Russia
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  8. ^ "Yearly Average Rates - OFX". Archived from the original on 13 July 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  9. ^ "". 30 October 2013. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  10. ^ "". 14 October 2013. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2018.

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