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Directed by Satyen Bose
Produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee
Written by Satyen Bose
Manoranjan Ghose
Pandit Urmil
Starring Abhi Bhattacharya
Pranoti Ghosh
Bipin Gupta
Ratan Kumar
Rajkumar Gupta
Mumtaz Begum
Music by Hemant Kumar
Kavi Pradeep (lyrics)
Cinematography N. V. Srinivas
Edited by Shanker Hurde
Release date
Country India
Language Hindi

Jagriti ("The Awakening") is a 1954 Hindi film that won the Filmfare Best Movie Award in 1956, and the lead, Abhi Bhattacharya, won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. Based on 1949 Bengali film Paribartan that Satyen Bose had directed earlier.

The film was screened retrospective on August 14th 2016 at the Independence Day Film Festival jointly presented by the Indian Directorate of Film Festivals and Ministry of Defense, commemorating 70th Indian Independence Day.[1][2]


The film is about a spoiled rich kid, Ajay (Rajkumar Gupta), who is a problem child and is sent away to a boarding school by his grandfather. The board school is run by Shekhar (Abhi Bhattacharya). Shekhar tries to instill good values in the students using unorthodox teaching methods. He gains the students' trust and educates them about the heritage of their country and encourages them to become model citizens.

At the boarding school, Ajay continues his ways and gets into trouble all the time, including with Shekhar. Meanwhile, Ajay meets and befriends a crippled boy named Shakti (Rattan Kumar) whose character is the opposite of Ajay. Shakti tries very hard to help Ajay change his ways, but Ajay's stubborn nature gets in the way.

Finally one day, Ajay attempts to leave the hostel and Shakti finds out. Shakti tries to go after him and stop him but his handicap slows him down and his earnestness to get Ajay back causes him to lose track of the heavy traffic on the road. That is when Shakti is run over in a horrific accident. This was the triggering moment in Ajay, realizing that it was because of his stubbornness, Shakti died. This moves him to change and become a better person. He goes on to excel in academics and sports.

Meanwhile, Shekhar's method of teaching wins approval by the education board in the end. He decides to leave the boarding school to spread his message elsewhere through his unorthodox but successful ways.



This movie is known for its classic patriotic songs, written by one of the greatest Indian poets and lyricists of all time, Kavi Pradeep, and set to music by Hemant Kumar.

01. Aao Bachhon Tumhen Dikhaaye - Pradeep

02. Chalo Chalen Ma - Asha Bhosle

03. De Di Hamein Aazadi - Asha Bhosle

04. Hum Laaye Hain Toofan Se Kashti Nikaal Ke - Mohammed Rafi

05. Chalo Chale Maa Sapano Ke Ganv Me (Sad) - Asha Bhosle


Pakistani film Bedari[edit]

The Pakistani film Bedari had an identical plot and the songs, with replacement of some words, and music were taken directly from Jagriti. Rattan Kumar (Syed Nazir Ali),[4] who had moved to Pakistan with his family, acted in Bedari also.[5]


  1. ^ http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/pune-a-film-festival-that-celebrates-freedom2962539/[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ http://dff.nic.in/70thIndependance_Day/70_Saal_Independance_Day.pdf
  3. ^ "2nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Nandini Chandra, Meerit and Opportunity in the Child-centric Nationalistic films of the 1950s, Narratives of Indian Cinema, Manju Jain, Primus Books, 2009, p. 123-144
  5. ^ Rattan Kumar Profile, Selected Filmography, 12 November 2011

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