Raja Aur Runk

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Raja Aur Runk
Directed byKotayya Pratyagatma
Produced byL. V. Prasad
Written byScreenplay: Kotayya Pratyagatma, R.V. Sastri
Dialogue: Mukhram Sharma
StarringSanjeev Kumar
Music byLaxmikant Pyarelal
Anand Bakshi (lyrics)
CinematographyRavikant Nagaich
Edited byShivaji Awdhut
Release date

Raja Aur Runk (lit. The king and the commoner) is a 1968 Bollywood film, directed by Kotayya Pratyagatma and starring Sanjeev Kumar and Kumkum.

It is an Indian adaptation of Mark Twain's novel, The Prince and the Pauper and a remake of the Telugu film Raju Peda (1954).[1]


Raja Aur Runk is the story of a prince and a pauper. Two children, born on the same day at the same time: one to the king, Raja Sahib, and one to a poor man, Hariya (Ajit). The king is thrilled at the birth of Yuvraj, the heir to the throne, while Hariya is cynical about the birth of his son, Raja.

The children grow up looking identical, but there is a constant contrast in their lives and upbringing. One day, Raja runs away from home and somehow ends up in the palace, where he meets Yuvraj. The boys discover how different their lives are. Being tempted to see the world outside, Yuvraj changes identities with Raja and leaves the palace. They now struggle in vain to adjust to their new identities. Raja's mother (Nirupa Roy) and sister Sujjo (Nazima) are miserable with his changed behavior and the king is very distressed about Yuvraj. Sudhir (Sanjeev Kumar) comes in as a pivotal player in this saga of gripping twists and turns.

This Prasad Productions' costume drama has effective performances by Sanjeev Kumar, Nazima and child artiste Mahesh Kothare. The hit team of Anand Bakshi and Laxmikant Pyarelal created melodious songs like 'Tu Kitni Achchi Hai...O Maa', 'O Phirkiwali', 'Mera Naam Hai Chameli' and 'Sang Basanti Ang Basanti'.



The film's music was composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal with lyrics by Anand Bakshi.

  • Mera Naam Hai Chameli, Lata Mangeshkar
  • Mere Raja Mere Lal, Asha Bhosle & Usha Mangeshkar
  • Kanhaiya Kanhaiya, Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Kaumudi Munshi & Vinod Sharma
  • O Phirkiwali, Tu Kal Phir Aana, Nahin Phir Jaana, Mohammad Rafi
  • Sang Basanti, Ang Basanti, Rang Basanti Chha Gaya, Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey
  • Tu Kitni Achhi Hai, Lata Mangeshkar


  1. ^ "RAJU-PEDA (1954)". The Hindu.

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