Roti (1942 film)

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Roti (1942) poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byMehboob Khan
Written byR.S. Chawdhary
Screenplay byVajahat Mirza
Sheikh Mukhtar
Sitara Devi
Akhtaribai Faizabadi
Ashraf Khan
Narrated byS. Pellokila
Music byAnil Biswas
CinematographyFaredoon A. Irani
Edited byShamsudin Kadri
Sagar National Studios Ltd.
Release date
Running time
128 minutes
Roti (1942)

Roti (Flatbread) is a 1942 Indian Hindi film directed by Mehboob Khan. The movie was anti-capitalist.[1] This was Mehboob Khan's last movie before he set up his own production house.[2]


Roti made in the early 1940s inspired by the German Expressionism, is a real critique of Indian society with prophetic insight. It deals with two models - one of a millionaire, possessed by money and power in an industrial civilization, the other of a tribal couple living in a primeval state of nature. The millionaire is saved by the couple after an air crash, the tribal couple emigrate to the city, do not find happiness and return. The millionaire is ruined in the city, tries futilely to find salvation among the tribal.



The film's soundtrack was composed by Anil Biswas with lyrics penned by Dr. Safdar Aah. Anil Biswas introduced Begum Akhtar as singer in this movie.[3]

Track# Song Singer(s)
1 "Chaar Dinon Ki Jawaani" Akhtaribai Faizabadi
2 "Garibo Par Daya Kar Ke" Ashraf Khan
3 "Phir Faasle Bahaar Aayi" Akhtaribai Faizabadi
4 "Ulajh Gae Nainawaa" Akhtaribai Faizabadi


  1. ^ 50 Magnificent Indians Of The 20Th Century. ISBN 9788179926987.
  2. ^ Directory of World Cinema: INDIA. ISBN 9781841506227.
  3. ^ "Bollywood Retrospect: Music director Anil Biswas, a mentor to many singers". Daily News and Analysis. 4 July 2015.

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