Howrah Bridge (film)

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Howrah Bridge
Howrah Bridge 1958 film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byShakti Samanta
Written byVrajendra Gaur
Ashok Kumar
K. N. Singh
Om Prakash
Madan Puri
Music byO. P. Nayyar
Distributed byShakti Films
Release date
  • 1958 (1958)
Running time
153 minutes

Howrah Bridge is a 1958 film directed by Shakti Samanta. Its name is a reference to Howrah Bridge, which connects Howrah to Kolkata over the Hooghly River. It features the well known Hindi song "Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu" which was re-used in the film Salaam Bombay!. This song was sung by Geeta Dutt and picturised on Helen. Director Samanta also said that the sensuous club number "Aaiye Meherbaan" picturized on Madhubala was also very memorable.[1] The Music Director is O. P. Nayyar. The songs of this film were penned by the famous lyricist and Urdu poet Qamar Jalalabadi. The film performed "above average" at the box office.[2]

There is an intertextual reference to the song "Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu" in Karan Johar's 1998 film "Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai" (just before the song Koi Mil Gaya).


The ex-pat businessman Prem Kumar (Ashok Kumar) rushes to Calcutta from his home in Rangoon when he learns that his brother Madan (Chaman Puri) has been found murdered on the city's famous Howrah Bridge. Before his murder Madan stole their family's priceless heirloom, a jeweled dragon mask, and Prem determines both to recover the mask and bring his brother's killers to justice. With the help of his tanga driver Shyamu (Om Prakash), Prem finds his way into a hotel run by Joe (Dhumal) and one run by Chang (Madan Puri), where he encounters a loose federation of smugglers including Chang, Pyarelal (K.N. Singh), and Joe's niece, the singer Edna (Madhubala). Giving a false name, Rakesh, Prem attempts to infiltrate this underworld by romancing Edna. But Shyamu's servant Bhiku (Sunder) witnessed the murder on Howrah Bridge. His snooping raises Pyarelal's suspicion, and Pyarelal - who is also jealous of Edna's attention - attempts to turn the tables on Prem, framing him for Pyarelal's own crimes.[3]



Track listing
1."Aaiye Meherbaan"Qamar JalalabadiAsha Bhosle 
2."Dekh Ke Teri Nazar"Qamar JalalabadiMohammed Rafi & Asha Bhosle 
3."Eent Ki Dukki Paan Ka Ikka"Qamar JalalabadiMohammed Rafi & Shamshad Begum 
4."Gora Rang Chunariya Kaali"Qamar JalalabadiMohammed Rafi & Asha Bhosle 
5."Main Jaan Gayi Tujhe Saiyan"Hasrat JaipuriMohammed Rafi & Shamshad Begum 
6."Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu"Qamar JalalabadiGeeta Dutt 
7."Yeh Kya Kar Daala Tune"Hasrat JaipuriAsha Bhosle 
8."Mohabbat Ka Haath Jawani Ka Palla"Qamar JalalabadiMohammed Rafi & Asha Bhonsle4:03


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  2. ^ Archived 22 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Samantha, Shakti. "Howrah Bridge (1958)". Filmy Geek.

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