Pavitra Paapi

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For 1997 Bengali film, see Pabitra Papi (1997 film).
Pavitra Paapi
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Movie poster
पवित्र पापी
Directed by Rajendra Bhatia
Written by Nanak Singh
Release dates
Country India
Language Hindi

Pavitra Paapi is a 1970 Bollywood drama film directed by Rajendra Bhatia. The film stars Balraj Sahni, Parikshit Sahni and Tanuja. The movie was based on a Punjabi novel by famous writer Nanak Singh.

Plot Synopsis[edit]

Guilt-ridden by Pannalal's suicide, Kedarnath helps Pannalal's family and steals money from his employer for Pannalal's daughter's marriage.


The Shooting was done at Jind city in Haryana. Pannalal is employed in a clock repair shop owned by Lala Attarchand and is replaced by Kedarnath,who comes to the town of Punjab in search of such work, as according to him, his ancestors were in the same business.

On this Pannalal curses him as being the cause of his family becoming destitute and writes a letter to him saying that this has driven him to suicide and disappears. Kedarnath is guilt ridden and goes out of his way to help, his wife Maya, and his two daughters, Veena and Vidya. Kedarnath rents a room with them, writes letters to her on behalf of her husband and teaches Veena during his free time making him fall in love with her.

But when Maya tells him that Veena's marriage is already arranged he helps in the marriage of Veena with the son of Daulatram. When Maya tells him that she has no money to pay for the marriage expenses, he steals cash from his employer, and tells Maya that the money is from Pannalal. He then goes away from the village.

Veena's in laws turn out to be rogues except for her father-in-law who counsels his family that they should not torture the daughter of somebody.

Meanwhile, Pannalal returns to his family and visits Veena's in-laws to find her in agony and brings her back.

Kedar who now lives in Delhi, regularly sends money orders to repay his debt to Lala Attarchand. Pannalal finds out Kedar's whereabouts and requests him to come back and save dying Veena.

But Kedar instead makes Veena's Husband realize his mistakes and unites the pair without appearing in person.

Film ends with Kedarnath going away.



Prem Dhawan has composed both the lyrics and music for this movie. "Teri Duniya Se" sung by Kishore Kumar stands out prominently for its raw grief and pathos. This song was played across radio and television channels when Kishore died on 13 October 1987. The other wonderful song by Rafi sahab, "Allah Hi Allah Kar Pyare" [1] was filmed at a very famous place called Rani Talab (queen's bathing pond) in the historic town Jind, a district city of Haryana. Jind is a derivative term from 'Jayanti', name of a devi (Hindu Goddess) whose temple still stand beside the canal passing through Jind, where Pandavas prayed for their victory before the famous Kurukshetra war.

Track# Title Singer(s)
1 "La De Saiyan Odhani Punjabi Paledar Oye" Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle
2 "Teri Duniya Se Hoke Majboor" Kishore Kumar
3 "Allah Hi Allah Kar Pyare Bhi, O Thandi Aahe Na Bhar" Mohammed Rafi
4 "Poochho Na Kaise haye jiPehli Rat Guzri" Asha Bhosle, Shailaja S
5 "Dilwale Dukhde Bure, Rona Padta Hai Ke Dhuye Ke Bhane" Lata Mangeshkar
6 "Shada Shadak Dil Kare Dhak Dhak Aur Khanke Mera" Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar
7 "O Munni Ke Lala Hanji, Nag Dans Gaya Kala" Asha Bhosle, Usha Khanna


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