Shehar Aur Sapna

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Shehar Aur Sapna
Shehar Aur Sapna.jpg
Directed byKhwaja Ahmad Abbas
Produced byNaya Sansar
Story byKhwaja Ahmad Abbas
StarringDilip Raj
Nana Palsikar
David .
Music byJ. P. Kaushik
Release date
Running time
120 minutes

Shehar Aur Sapna (lit. The City and the Dream) is 1963 Hindi film directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, about a young couple searching in vain for a home of their own in a metropolis, amidst the backdrop of rapidly developing city, and the many who flocked to it in hope for a better life.[1] It won the 1964 National Film Award for Best Feature Film and was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Film.

Synopsis and themes[edit]

It was based on Abbas's own story One Thousand Nights on a Bed of Stones, which describes the struggle in the life of pavement dwellers in the backdrop of rapid industrialization. The theme of the film signified a marked departure from the films made in 1950s, the opening decade of independent India, as by now the euphoria seen in films such as Naya Daur (1957) and Boot Polish (1954) had been replaced by realism and the death of economic idealism. This was also seen in later films such as Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974) and Mani Kaul's Uski Roti (1969), as industrialization didn't turn out to be a boon for the masses as promised.[2]


Abbas used his own experiences of sleeping on the footpath at one point in his life, as he had used in his three other films. To prepared for shooting the city "figuratively", he walked about the city under all weather, to be able to recreate the settings for the emotional landscape of the film. Though most scenes were shot outdoors, in Mumbai slums and roads, on a shoestring budget, for crucial scenes, the cylindrical drainpipes were carried to the studios to recreate the life of the urban poor indoors, complete with slums and huts by the railway line.[3][4]




  1. "Hazar Ghar Hazar Dar Yeh Sab Hain Ajnabi Magar" - Manmohan Krishna
  2. "Patthar Ka Bhagwan Yehan Hain" - Manmohan Krishna
  3. "Pyaar Ko Aaj Nayi Tarh Nibhana Hoga" - Manmohan Krishna
  4. "Yeh Shaam Bhi Kahaan Hui" - Manmohan Krishna


  1. ^ "Overview:Shehar Aur Sapna (1964)". New York Times.
  2. ^ "Bollywood toasts the great Indian middle class". Movies. 28 May 2007.
  3. ^ Manju Jain (2009). Narratives Of Indian Cinema. Primus Books. p. 142. ISBN 8190891847.
  4. ^ Georges Sadoul (1972). Dictionary of Film Makers. University of California Press. p. 1. ISBN 0520021517.
  5. ^ "11th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 2 May 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  6. ^ 1965 Filmfare Awards IMDB

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