Howrah Bridge (film)
|Directed by||Shakti Samanta|
|Written by||Vrajendra Gaur|
K. N. Singh
|Music by||O. P. Nayyar|
|Distributed by||Shakti Films|
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. 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.
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.
- Madhubala ... Edna
- Ashok Kumar ... Prem Kumar / Rakesh or Vikram
- K. N. Singh ... Pyarelal
- Om Prakash ... Shyamu, Tangewala
- Madan Puri ... John Chang
- Dhumal ... Uncle Joe
- Kammo ... Chhamia
- Sunder ... Bhiku / Bhikarilal
- Brahm Bhardwaj ... Madan & Rakesh's dad
- Helen ... Dancer / Singer
- Mehmood ... Wedding Dancer
- Minoo Mumtaz ... Wedding Dancer
- Chaman Puri ... Madan
- Nirmal Kumar ... CID officer.
|1.||"Aaiye Meherbaan"||Qamar Jalalabadi||Asha Bhosle|
|2.||"Dekh Ke Teri Nazar"||Qamar Jalalabadi||Mohammed Rafi & Asha Bhosle|
|3.||"Eent Ki Dukki Paan Ka Ikka"||Qamar Jalalabadi||Mohammed Rafi & Shamshad Begum|
|4.||"Gora Rang Chunariya Kaali"||Qamar Jalalabadi||Mohammed Rafi & Asha Bhosle|
|5.||"Main Jaan Gayi Tujhe Saiyan"||Hasrat Jaipuri||Mohammed Rafi & Shamshad Begum|
|6.||"Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu"||Qamar Jalalabadi||Geeta Dutt|
|7.||"Yeh Kya Kar Daala Tune"||Hasrat Jaipuri||Asha Bhosle|
|8.||"Mohabbat Ka Haath Jawani Ka Palla"||Qamar Jalalabadi||Mohammed Rafi & Asha Bhonsle||4:03|
- http://boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=164&catName=MTk1OA== Archived 22 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- Samantha, Shakti. "Howrah Bridge (1958)". Filmy Geek.