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Dosti film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed bySatyen Bose
Produced byTarachand Barjatya
Written byBan Bhatt (story)
Govind Moonis (screenplay & dialogues)
StarringSudhir Kumar Sawant
Sushil Kumar Somaya
Sanjay Khan
Music byLaxmikant Pyarelal
CinematographyMarshall Braganza
Distributed byRajshri Productions
Release date
‹See TfM›
  • 6 November 1964 (1964-11-06)
Running time
163 minutes
Box office 2 Crores[1]

Dosti (English: Friendship) is a 1964 Indian black-and-white Hindi film, directed by Satyen Bose and produced by Tarachand Barjatya under his Rajshri Productions banner. The film focuses on the Dosti (friendship) between two boys, one sight-impaired, and the other physically-handicapped. The film features Sudhir Kumar Sawant and Sushil Kumar Somaya. It was also an early film starring Indian actor, Sanjay Khan.[2]

Dosti was amongst the top 10 highest grossing films of 1964 and was declared a "Super Hit" at the box office.[1] It was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.[3] In 1977, the film was remade in Malayalam (and Telugu)[clarification needed] as Sneham.[4] The film is still remembered for its story, acting, and melodies. Dosti got 6 Filmfare Awards out of 7 nominated categories.


Dosti is the story of Ramnath "Ramu" Gupta (Sushil Kumar) and Mohan (Sudhir Kumar). Ramu’s father Mr. Gupta, a factory worker, dies in an accident. When the factory refuses to pay compensation that is due, his mother passes out in shock, falling down the stairs. Ramu is also injured in an accident and then becomes crippled.

Thrown out of his home, crippled, and penniless, he roams around the streets of Mumbai. Here he comes across Mohan, a boy who is blind and has a similar tale of woe. Mohan comes from a village. His sister, Meena, had migrated from the village to Mumbai to find work as a nurse so that she could pay for her brother’s treatment. Eventually, Mohan left the village after his caretaker died.

Ramu is good at playing the harmonica, while Mohan is good at singing. They team up and sing songs by the road and start earning money from pedestrians. Ramu wants to finish his studies, and they both befriend a small girl, Manjula (Baby Farida), who is the sister of a rich man, Ashok (Sanjay Khan). Manjula suffers from rheumatic heart disease and both the boys hope she would help them out.

Ramu and Mohan visit Manjula and ask for a loan of sixty rupees, the amount exactly required for Ramu's admission in school. Manjula's brother rebuffs them and gives them only five rupees. Feeling insulted, Mohan decides that he will raise the money by singing, which he successfully does. Ramu is admitted to the school after performing brilliantly on the entrance test (he scores 294 out of 300). They move to a new house in a slum after someone tries to steal their hard-earned money while they were sleeping on the footpath. Their new neighbor is Mausi, who lives with her teenage daughter and school-going son, Nandu. Mausi treats them as her own sons.

In school, Ramu excels in studies despite being a regular target of ridicule of richer students who do not consider him their equal and often degrade him for being a "street beggar." The headmaster and teacher Sharma Ji take Ramu under their wings. Sharma Ji also declares himself the guardian of Ramu. During a visit to Ramu's house, Sharma Ji notices that the neighborhood is not fit for study and suggests that Ramu move in with him, but Ramu does not want to leave Mohan. Meanwhile, one day, while singing, Mohan hears someone (Ashok) calling out to Meena and rushes to embrace his long lost sister. But Meena is ashamed that Mohan has become a beggar and refuses to recognize him. Meena is looking after Manjula and there is a budding romance between her and Ashok. However, soon Meena confesses to Ashok. Ashok is sorry for her and consoles her that soon she will be together with her brother.

Mohan senses Manjula while sleeping and tells Ramu about it. Both decide to go and meet her, but she dies. Ashok brings Mohan home one day and gives him Manjula's chime as her remembrance. When he tries to tell Mohan about Meena, Mohan lashes out in rage and says that he considers himself alone in this world, save for his friend Ramu.

Soon after, Ramu gets in trouble with some ruffians and as a result, is mistakenly arrested by police during a burglary. Sharma Ji goes to the police station and bails out Ramu, on the condition that he will live with Sharma Ji and keep no contact with Mohan. Mohan is heartbroken and decides to visit him. But Sharma Ji doesn't allow him to talk to Mohan. Sad, Mohan roams the streets singing sad songs.

Sharma Ji suddenly dies, leaving Ramu shattered. Ramu decides not to appear for the final exam, as he is unable to pay the fees. Hearing this, Mohan decides to raise the money once again by singing in the streets in spite of his ill health. He successfully earns the money and pays the fees without Ramu knowing, but himself falls prey to illness and is admitted to the hospital. In the hospital, without telling him, Meena cares for Mohan as he recuperates.

Ramu comes first in the exams and comes to know of Mohan's sacrifice. He rushes to Mohan in the hospital to ask for forgiveness where Mohan says that he was never angry with him. The doctor tells Mohan about Meena and he forgives her. The movie ends with all of them in a loving embrace.



The lyrics of the film were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri on music composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal. Music director R.D. Burman played the harmonica on film scores and soundtracks. Dosti stands as a landmark in the career history of the musical duo as this won them their first Filmfare Award and made them popular in the film industry. Mohammed Rafi is the main vocalist for the songs.

# Song Singer
1 "Chaahunga Main Tujhe Sanjh Savere" Mohammed Rafi
2 "Mera To Jo Bhi Kadam Hai" Mohammed Rafi
3 "Koi Jab Raah Na Paaye" Mohammed Rafi
4 "Raahi Manwa Dukh Ki Chinta" Mohammed Rafi
5 "Jaanewalon Zara Mudke Dekho Mujhe" Mohammed Rafi
6 "Gudiya Humse Roothi Rahogi" Lata Mangeshkar

Box office[edit]

Dosti collected Rs. 2 crores in the Indian box office and stood as the third highest-grossing film of 1964.[5] The first and second-weekend collections were excellent[according to whom?].


The film stood out at the 12th Filmfare Awards in 1965 by winning six awards from seven nominations that it received. Dosti won maximum awards at the ceremony.




  1. ^ a b "Box office 1964". Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  2. ^ The wiki-article on Khan states his debut film was Chetan Anand's film Haqeeqat, also from 1964.
  3. ^ "4th Moscow International Film Festival (1965)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
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  5. ^ "Dosti (1964) - Lifetime Box Office Collection, Budget & Reviews". BOTY. Retrieved 8 September 2020.

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