Taxi Driver (1954 film)

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Taxi Driver
Directed by Chetan Anand
Produced by Dev Anand
Written by Uma Anand (story), Vijay Anand (dialogue, story)
Starring Dev Anand
Kalpana Kartik
Johnny Walker
Music by Sachin Dev Burman
Sahir Ludhianvi (lyrics)
Cinematography V. Ratra
Edited by M. D. Jadhav Rao
Release date
Country India
Language Hindi

Taxi Driver is a 1954 Hindi movie produced by Navketan Films. The film is directed by Chetan Anand and stars his brother Dev Anand, Dev's wife-to-be Kalpana Kartik and Johnny Walker. The film was written by Chetan himself, along with his wife Uma Anand and his other brother Vijay Anand. The film's music director is S. D. Burman and lyrics were written by Sahir Ludhianvi.[1]


A nostalgic journey through 1950s Bombay with its quiet, peaceful and scenic background, electric trams, and a unique taxi driver, Mangal, who is called "Hero" by his friends. A driver who drives a cab by day, then drinks at night, listens to the seductive club dancer Sylvie, and then goes into a drunken stupor - and wakes up with a hangover. One day, while assisting another taxi driver, Mangal comes to the assistance of a damsel in distress Mala, who is being molested by two thugs. Mangal gallantly rescues her, and attempts to take her to her destination, but to no avail, as the person she is looking for has moved. The next day, Mangal and the young woman, Mala, again attempt to seek Ratanlal, a music director, but the entire day is spent in vain. Mala lives in Mangal's tiny apartment and both become attracted to each other. When Mala finds out about Sylvie, she leaves him. He goes in her search, but finds that she has become a famous singer with the help of her music director friend.

Will Mangal ever get a chance to tell about his love for Mala? What will Sylvie's reaction be?


Dev Anand's taxi in the movie was the British made Hillman Minx black car with number 1111. Such became the popularity following the film that the British made Hillman Minx became a vehicle of choice as a taxi in Bombay until the 1970s.[2]



All the songs[3] were composed by Sachin Dev Burman and lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi.

# Title Singer(s) Duration
1 "Jayen To Jayen Kahan (Talat)" Talat Mahmood 03:32
2 "Dil Jale To Jale" Lata Mangeshkar 02:44
3 "Jayen To Jayen Kahan (Lata)" Lata Mangeshkar 03:12
4 "Chahe Koi Khush Ho" Kishore Kumar, Johnny Walker 03:05
5 "Aye Meri Zindagi Aaj" Lata Mangeshkar 06:31
6 "Jeene Do Aur Jiyo" Asha Bhosle 02:53
7 "Dil Se Milake Dil Pyaar Kijiye" Lata Mangeshkar 02:56
8 "Dekho Mane Nahi" Asha Bhosle, Jagmohan Bakshi 02:54



  1. ^ Ranjan Das Gupta (1 November 2008). "Blast From The Past: Taxi Driver 1954". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  2. ^ "Dev Anand upgraded from a black Hillman Minx to an olive green Triumph convertible". Rush Lane. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  3. ^ "Taxi Driver (1958): Lyrics and videos of songs". Retrieved March 5, 2016. 

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