Musafir (1957 film)
|Directed by||Hrishikesh Mukherjee|
|Written by||Ritwik Ghatak|
|Music by||Salil Chowdhury|
|Edited by||Das Dhaimade|
|April 26, 1957|
Musafir (lit. Traveller) is a 1957 Hindi film written by Ritwik Ghatak and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and directed by the latter in his directorial debut. The film is about a house and the lives of three families who live in it, so in essence it is three stories linked by the house. The film stars Dilip Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Keshto Mukherjee, Suchitra Sen and Nirupa Roy. The music is by Salil Chowdhury.
For any young married couple, moving into their new house is a very special feeling. The feeling gets more special if the young couple has eloped and married. Something similar happened with Shakuntala (Suchitra Sen) and her husband. The landlord (David) helps the couple move to the rented house. The young couple moves to this house, which, incidentally is the main protagonist of the film. While Shakuntala makes the house into a beautiful home, her husband gets busy with work. She meets the neighboring tea vendor (Mohan Choti) and meets the next door "auntie", whose favourite pastime is to gossip about developments in others' homes. The couple hears the sound of a violin in the night and ask the tea-stall owner about it in the morning. He says that it is being played by a mad-man, Pagla Babu. Since the couple had eloped, Shakuntala wanted that her parents-in-law accept her as their daughter-in-law. This is what happens, and her in-laws somehow find the young couple and they are more than happy to meet Shakuntala. Finally, Shakuntala and her husband go with them and vacate the house. In between, Shakuntala plants some seeds in the garden.
The landlord again puts the TO LET sign on the house.
The next tenants in the house is a family headed by an old man Nazir Hussain. The other members are his elder widowed daughter-in-law (Nirupa Roy) and younger son Bhanu (Kishore Kumar). The daughter-in-law is pregnant and we are told that her husband had just died. Bhanu is finishing his college and simultaneously looking for a job, whereas his old father is somehow managing the expenses. Although there is sadness in the home, Bhanu, with his wit and humour, maintains a light atmosphere for his sister-in-law. The next door "aunty" again comes and chats on and on. Bhanu also hears the violin and when asks about it from the tea-vendor is told about Pagla Babu. The problems of the family increase as Bhanu fails to get a job landing the family in dire consequences. He gets frustrated and this leads to a clash with his father. On feeling humiliated, Bhanu finally drinks poison before sleeping. However, the poison is adulterated and Bhanu wakes up when the entire family is mourning. He gets the news that he has finally got a job in some other city. The pregnant lady also delivers a child. The family is happy and they move to another city vacating the house. We see that the seed which Shakuntala sowed has germinated.
The landlord again puts the TO LET sign on the house.
Note: This part of the movie is adorned with a lovely song by Kishore; "Munna Bada Pyaara, Ammi Ka Dulara".
The next inhabitants are a barrister and his widowed sister Uma (Usha Kiron). Uma has a small handicapped son (Daisy Irani). The neighbourhood "aunty" again visits the home. Like the previous tenants, this family also hears the sound of a violin in the night. The child is also attracted by the music and when he finds out about Pagla Babu from the tea-vendor, he insists on meeting him. However, the vendor tells the child that Pagla babu does not meet anyone. However, the child does not listen and insists on meeting the mysterious violinist. Pagla Babu does appear to meet the child. Uma is shocked to realize that Pagla Babu is none other than Raja (Dilip Kumar), her ex-lover. Raja, however, does not make it evident and interacts fondly with the child. In a very short span, an amazing bond is developed between Raja and the child. Initially, Uma is very uncomfortable with this bonding, but slowly she accepts it. We come to know that Raja is suffering from cancer and the dreaded disease is in its advanced stages. Ironically, Raja, who is on the verge of dying, pumps life into the child and fills his dark world with hope. He also tells the child that he will start walking once there is a flower in the garden. On knowing about Raja, Uma's brother is furious. There is a clash between them. Slowly, Raja reaches the final stage and Uma takes care of him. Eventually he dies and the child starts walking. Meanwhile, in the garden, the germinated seed finally blossoms into a flower.
- Suchitra Sen as Shakuntala Verma
- Sekhar as Ajay Sharma
- Bepin Gupta as Nilambar Sharma
- Durga Khote as Mrs. Nilambar Sharma
- Nirupa Roy as Bhanu's Sister-in-law
- Kishore Kumar as Bhanu
- Nazir Hussain as Madhav
- Kesto Mukherji as Street Dancer
- Hira Sawant as Street Dancer
- Dilip Kumar as Raja Sr.
- Usha Kiron as Uma
- Paul Mahindra as Advocate Suresh Chandra
- Daisy Irani as Raja Jr.
- David as Mahadev Chaudhary
- Rajlaxmi as Munni's Mother
- Rashid Khan as Doctor
- Mohan Choti as Mohan Choti
- Baby Naaz as Munni
- "Ek Aaye Ek Jaye" - Shyamal Mitra
- "Laagi Naahin Chhute Raamaa" - Dilip Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
- "Munnaa Badaa Pyaaraa" - Kishore Kumar
- "Laagi Naahi Chhute Ram" (2) - Lata Mangeshkar, Dilip Kumar
- "Tedhi Tedhi Humse Phire" - Shamshad Begum, Manna Dey
- "Man Re Hari Gun Gaa" - Lata Mangeshkar