Ram Aur Shyam

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Ram Aur Shyam
Ram Aur Shyam 1967.jpg
Ram Aur Syam poster
Directed by Tapi Chanakya
Produced by Chakrapani
B. Nagi Reddi
Written by Kaushal Bharati
D.V. Narasaraju
Starring Dilip Kumar
Waheeda Rehman
Nazir Hussain
Music by Naushad
Cinematography Marcus Bartley
Edited by C. P. Jambulingam
Release dates
Running time
171 min.
Country India
Language Hindi

Ram Aur Shyam (English: Ram And Shyam) is a 1967 Indian Hindi feature film, directed by Tapi Chanakya. Its producer was B. Nagi Reddy. It was previously produced as Ramudu Bheemudu by D. Ramanaidu under Suresh Productions Banner, a Telugu film starring N.T. Rama Rao, in 1964. The movie was a blockbuster.[1]

Originally Vyjayanthimala and Mala Sinha were supposed to star in the roles portrayed by Waheeda rehman and Mumtaz but due to some reasons they were replaced.

Ram Aur Shyam has music by Naushad and lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni, it stars Dilip Kumar, Pran, Waheeda Rehman, Mumtaz, Nirupa Roy.

The theme owes its origins to Alexandre Dumas, père's story The Corsican Brothers: twins who look remarkably alike but have very different temperaments. In The Corsican Brothers the twins grow up together. In Ram aur Shyam, on the other hand, they have been separated at birth and discover each other only towards the end. Like The Corsican Brothers, which has been adapted into several feature films.


Ram (Dilip Kumar) lives with his sister Sulakshna (Nirupa Roy) and niece Kuku in his family estate. His brother-in-law Gajendra (Pran) looks after his factories and controls his property with iron hand. Ram is shy and coward in nature. He is always abused and brutally beaten by Gajendra. Sulakshna and Kuku try to protect Ram from Gajendra whenever he whips Ram. Everybody decides to get Ram married for his well being. Gajendra finds a rich girl Anjana (Waheeda Rehman) with the aim of getting huge dowry. Anjana dislikes ram after he spills tea over her due to nervousness. Gajendra angry due to Ram's behaviour, conspires with the support of his mother and cunning Munimji to kill Ram and take over his property. Ram overhears and escape to a city to save his life. Meanwhile Ram's long lost twin brother Shyam (Dilip Kumar) lives in a village with his adopted mother Ganga whom he believes as his birth mother. No one other than Ganga knows the truth about the twin brothers. Shyam is strong, brave and mischievous, unlike his brother. He has a love hate relationship with Shanta (Mumtaz). Shyam escapes to city and meets Anjana, who is impressed by his personality. Anjana and her father confuses Shyam with Ram. Ram meets Shanta who thinks he is Shyam and takes him forcefully to his mother. Ram and Shanta develops feelings for each other. Meanwhile Shyam decides to take the place of Ram to face Gajendra. Shyam refuses to sign his property after which angry Gajendra attacks him. Shyam retaliates and whips Gajendra hard, shocking everybody. Sulakshna stops her brother to protect her husband. Gajendra is startled after being beaten up by Shyam, whom everybody believes as Ram. Shanta and Anjana meets and both claim the picture of Ram as their fiance. Gajendra understoods that Shyam has taken the place of Ram. He abducts Ram and Shanta and plans to kill him. He frames Shyam for the murder of Ram though Ram is alive. Shyam is arrested by police. Anjana and her father finds out from Ganga that they are twin brothers lost in a village fair. Shyam escapes from police custody and battles Gajendra and his henchmen. Gajendra tries to shoot them but both the brothers and Shanta manages to defeat him. At the end twin brothers are happily married and the family reunited.


Dilip Kumar who was known as tragedy king surprised the audience with his comedy act.[2] Dilip Kumar won the Filmfare best actor award while Upkar got most of the awards.[3]


Dilip Kumar stated in an interview "The script of Ram Aur Shyam (1967) offered me endless stimulation. Each scene was sharply written to highlight the contrast between the characters and their predicaments."[4] Ram Aur Shyam has inspired remakes in Hindi movies too, with Seeta Aur Geeta (featuring female twins, played by Hema Malini) in 1972; Chaalbaaz (starring Sridevi) in 1989; and Kishen Kanhaiya (starring Anil Kapoor) in 1990.

International DVd release[edit]

The movie was dubbed in Russian and released as Рам и Шиам.


Ram Aur Shyam
Soundtrack album by Naushad
Released 1967
Genre Feature Film Soundtrack
Label HMV, Saregama
Producer Naushad
  • Music - Naushad. Lyrics - Shakeel Badayuni
  • "Aaj Ki Raat Mere" - Mohammad Rafi
  • "Aaj Sakhi Re Piya More Ghar" - Lata
  • "Aayee Hai Bahar Mite Zulmo" - Mohammad Rafi & Chorus
  • "Dheere Dheere Bol Koi Sun Lega" - Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor
  • "Main Hoon Saqi Tu Hai Sharabi" - Lata, Mohammad Rafi
  • "Maine Kab Tujh Se Kaha Tha" - Lata Mangeshkar
  • "O Balam Tere Pyar Ki Thandi Aa" - Mohammad Rafi & Asha


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