Howrah Bridge (1958 film)

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Howrah Bridge
Howrah Bridge 1958 film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byShakti Samanta
Written byRanjan Bose
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 was 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 and one of the most successful film of that year.[2]


Prem Kumar (Ashok Kumar) and his elder brother Madan (Chaman Puri) are looking after a successful business of their father in Rangoon. But Madan suddenly disappears with the family heirloom, a dragon embedded with precious stones and reaches Calcutta to sell it off. He falls prey to the designs of a few smugglers and pays with his life. Prem's father urges him to get back the heirloom and Prem in disguise of Rakesh comes to Calcutta from Rangoon. There he meets his father's trusted tangewala Shyamu (Om Prakash) who takes him to a hotel run by Chang (Madan Puri) but then he is swiftly taken over by the seductress Edna (Madhubala) to her uncle Joe's (Dhumal) hotel, where he is looked after by her. Edna falls for him and reveals that her uncle, Chang and Pyarelal (K N Singh), a friend of Joe and Chang, are into illegal business. Having got a cue from Edna, Prem chases the culprits until finally he is framed by Pyarelal in the murder of Chang.

Ultimately Prem gets his heirloom and his love and now wife Edna.[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 
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


Mehmood and his sister Minoo Mumtaz have performed together as a pair in a song "Gora Rang Chunariya Kaali" in this film.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Archived 22 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Samantha, Shakti. "Howrah Bridge (1958)". Filmy Geek.

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