Kathputli (1957 film)

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Directed by Amiya Chakrabarty
Nitin Bose
Produced by

Ajit Chakraborty

Written by Story & Screenplay: Amiya Chakrabarty
Dialogue: Chandrakant Gaur
Starring Vyjayanthimala
Balraj Sahni
Jawahar Kaul
Music by Shankar Jaikishan
Cinematography V. Babasaheb
Edited by C. Ramarao
Distributed by Sreerangam Production
Release date
  • 1 January 1957 (1957-01-01)
Country India
Language Hindi/Urdu

Kathputli (Hindi: कठपुतली; Urdu: کٹھپتلی ‎; translation: Puppet) is a 1957 Pygmalion Black-and-white social Hindi film produced by Ajit Chakraborty and Amiya Chakrabarty with their Sreerangam Production. The film was the last film of director Amiya Chakrabarty who had earlier directed Basant, Daag and Seema.[1][2] He died during the filming and Nitin Bose took up the mantle of the director in the film.[3] The film stars Vyjayanthimala and Balraj Sahni in the lead with Jawahar Kaul, Agha, Kumari Kamala, C. S. Dubey, Sheela Kashmiri, Poonam and Laxman Rao forms an ensemble cast.[4] The film's music was composed by Shankar Jaikishan duo, with the lyric penned by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. The film's story is about young Pushpa, an accomplished dancer and singer who assists puppeteer Shivraj in his puppet show. It dealt with the theme based on a godfather trying to control his protégé.[5]


Pushpa comes from a poor family, and is a good dancer and singer. She would like to assist a puppeteer with his makeshift dolls and puppet act. Unfortunately, he meets with an accident, and is hospitalized. Some of his puppets were also damaged during this accident. Pushpa approaches Loknath for work, and he gets her to work on stage, and would like her to become a movie star. Will Pushpa give up her simple life, and take on the glamorous route?



Soundtrack album by Shankar Jaikishan
Released 1957
Recorded Minoo Katrak
Genre Film soundtrack
Label The Gramophone Company of India
Producer Shankar Jaikishan
Shankar Jaikishan chronology
Basant Bahar

The film's soundtrack was compose by Shankar Jaikishan duo with the lyrics were pened by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri.[6] The soundtrack was a hit among the audience.[7]

No. Song Singers Picturization Length (m:ss) Lyrics Notes
1 "Bakkad Bam Bam" Lata Mangeshkar Feature actress Vyjayanthimala performing folk dance such as Mayilattam and Koothu 04:02 Hasrat Jaipuri
2 "Bol Ri Kath Putli" Lata Mangeshkar Featuring actress Vyjayanthimala performing street dance 06:07 Shailendra
3 "Bol Ri Kath Putli" Lata Mangeshkar Featuring actress Vyjayanthimala performing Kathakali and other form of dance 06:07 Shailendra Sad version
4 "Manzil Wohi Hai Pyar Ki" Subir Sen Picturisation on Vyjayanthimala and Balraj Sahni 03:57 Shailendra
5 "Mini Mini Chichi" Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh Stage duet on actress Vyjayanthimala and Agha 04:15 Shailendra
6 "Haye Tu Hi Gaya Mohe Bhool Re" Lata Mangeshkar Picturization on actress Kumari Kamala 05:07 Shailendra
7 "Itne Bade Jahan Mein Ae Dil" Lata Mangeshkar Stage dance by Vyjayanthimala 06:19 Shailendra
7 "So Ja Re So Ja" Lata Mangeshkar Featuring actress Vyjayanthimala 04:05 Hasrat Jaipuri


  1. ^ Times News Network (2009-08-24). "Forgotten heroes of Bengali screen". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  2. ^ Karan Bali. "Seema". Upperstall.com. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  3. ^ Ranjan Das Gupta (2011-08-09). "My first break Vyjayanthimala". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  4. ^ Indo-Asian News Service (2011-09-21). "Camera does wonders today: Vyjayanthimala (Interview)". Sify. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  5. ^ Bhawana Somaaya (2000-06-16). "Glorious moments of Hindi cinema". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Kath Putli (1957)". Raaga.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  7. ^ Dr Rajiv Vijayakar (2001-09-12). "Masters of Melody: Shankar - Jaikishan". Rediff. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

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