Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai

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Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byRadhu Karmakar
Produced byRaj Kapoor
Written byArjun Dev Rashk
Raj Kapoor
Music byShankar Jaikishan
Shailendra (lyrics)
Hasrat Jaipuri(lyrics)
CinematographyTara Dutt
Edited byG. G. Mayekar
Release date
Running time
167 min
Box office₹2 crore [1]

Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (lit. The country in which the Ganges flows) is a 1961 Hindi film directed by Radhu Karmakar and produced by Raj Kapoor. The film stars Padmini, Raj Kapoor and Pran in lead roles. This was the first directorial venture of Karmakar, who had previously been cinematographer for many of Kapoor's films. The film was declared a "hit" at Box Office India.[1]

The team of Shankar Jaikishan composed the music for the film, which includes hit songs penned by Shailendra such as "O Basanti Pawan Pagal", "Aa Ab Lout Chalen" and the title song; "Hothon Pe Sacchai Rehti Hai".


Raju (Raj Kapoor) is a poor, friendly orphan who wins his bread by singing songs. One day, he sees an injured man and helps him. Later, he is kidnapped by a few bandits who mistake him to be an undercover policeman. It then turns out that the injured man he helped is the leader (Sardar) of this gang. The Sardar takes good care of Raju and treats him with honour. Sardar's daughter Kammo (Padmini) falls in love with Raju. Kammo and Sardar convince Raju that they are good bandits who are making sure that wealth is equally distributed amongst people.

On one of the lootings, Raju witnesses the murder of a newlywed couple. He decides to go to the police and leaves the gang. One of the bandits, Raka (Pran), kills the Sardar and takes over; he wishes to forcibly wed Kammo. When Raju tells all the truth to the police, they decide to confront and kill the bandits. Raj begs the police to not kill them but is shunned. Raju is then posed in a dilemma of what to do and finds himself helpless when he sees police stooping just as low to stop crime.


  • Raj Kapoor as Raju
  • Padmini as Kammo
  • Pran as Raka
  • Chanchal as Bijli
  • Lalita Pawar as Mirabai
  • Raj Mehra as Police Superintendent
  • Tiwari as Mirabai's Husband
  • Nana Palsikar as Tau
  • Nayampalli as Sardar
  • Salochana Chatterjee as Police Superintendent's wife
  • Vishwa Mehra as Bhimu
  • Baboo Rao
  • S.K.Singh
  • Rattan Gaurang
  • Chang
  • Mohamed Ali
  • Anwari Bai
  • Sadhana
  • Azim
  • Master Amar
  • Moolchand as Groom's father


Composed by Shankar Jaikishan, the film has classic songs penned by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri.

1."Mera Naam Raju"Mukesh03:10
2."Kya Hua, Yeh Mujhe Kya Hua"Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle 
3."Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai"Mukesh04:13
4."Ho Maine Pyar Kiya"Lata Mangeshkar 
5."Hum Bhi Hain, Tum Bhi Ho"Geeta Dutt, Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, Manna Dey07:35
6."Begaane Shaadi Mein Abdullah Diwana"Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh03:29
7."O Basanti, Pawan Pagal"Lata Mangeshkar03:52
8."Pyar Kar Le"Mukesh 
9."Aa Ab Laut Chalen"Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar04:15


The film won many prestigious awards at National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards. The film stood out at the 9th Filmfare Awards function by winning the most (four) awards in various categories from eight nominations.

National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards


  1. ^ a b "Box office 1960". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  2. ^ "8th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 7 September 2011.


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