Teesri Kasam

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Teesri Kasam
Directed by Basu Bhattacharya B R Ishara
Produced by Shailendra
Written by Phanishwar Nath Renu (Dialogue)
Screenplay by Nabendu Ghosh
Based on Teesri Kasam Urf Maare Gaye Gulfam 
by Phanishwar Nath Renu
Starring Raj Kapoor
Waheeda Rehman
Asit Sen
Keshto Mukherjee
C.S. Dubey
Music by Shankar-Jaikishen
Cinematography Subrata Mitra
Release dates 1966
Running time 159 min
Language Hindi

Teesri Kasam (translation: third oath) is a 1966 film based on a short story, 'Mare Gaye Gulfam' by Phanishwarnath Renu - a Hindi novelist. The film stars Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman. Music of the film was composed by the famed duo Shankar-Jaikishan.

Directed by Basu Bhattacharya, Teesri Kasam is an unconventional film that portrays the society of the rural India and simplicity of villagers. The whole film is shot in Araria, Bihar.

Cinematography is by Subrata Mitra, dialogues by Phanishwarnath Renu, screenplay by Nabendu Ghosh.


The story is about Hiraman, a rustic villager from a remote village in Araria (Bihar), who drives a bullock cart to earn his livelihood. The story begins with Hiraman taking two consecutive vows based on the difficult situations he had to undergo, before he meets a nautanki dancer, Hirabai. The story soon transforms into the story of the friendship between a bullock cart driver and an urban nautanki dancer. The movie, finally, ends with Hiraman taking the third vow.

Hiraman (Raj Kapoor) is a bullock cart driver with conservative traditional values. While smuggling illegal goods on his bullock cart and close escape from police, Hiraman takes vow (first Kasam) to never carry illegal goods again in his cart. While transporting bamboo for timber trader on his bullock cart, he is beaten by two men when their horses are upset by bamboos of Hiraman's cart. After that incident, Hiraman takes another vow (second Kasam) to never carry bamboo again in his cart.

One night, Hiraman is asked to carry Hirabai (Waheeda Rehman), a nautanki dancer as a passenger to the 40 miles distance to the village fair. As they travel together Hiraman sings to pass time and tells her story of the legend of Mahua. As the journey progresses, Hirabai is mesmerized by Hiraman's innocence and his simple philosophy of life. Hiraman in return sees her as an angel of purity.

Once they reach the village fair, Hiraman joins with his band of bullock cart drivers and Hirabai joins the nautanki company. Hirabai asks Hiraman to stay at village fair for a few days to see her dance. Hirabai arranges free passes for Hiraman and his friends to see nautanki on every night as long as village fair runs.

As Hiraman attends nautanki, he becomes aware that other people see her as a prostitute and it disturbs him. He tries to shield and protect her from society. The bond between two grows stronger as the days pass at the fair. He gets involved in fights with local people who speak badly about her and her profession. Hirabai tries to make him understand the harsh reality of her life. Hiraman asks her to leave her profession and start living a respectable life. Hirabai refuses to leave her acting career. Depressed, Hiraman leaves village fair and returns to his village.

In the mean time, Hirabai understands Hiraman's unselfish love. Hirabai meets Hiraman and reveals her past secret that she had been already sold and she was no longer a virgin beauty. Hirabai returns to her hometown. After seeing Hirabai going away from his life, Hiraman takes third vow (teesri Kasam) to never carry a nautanki company dancer again in his cart.




All lyrics written by Shailendra & Hasrat Jaipuri, all music composed by Shankar-Jaikishan.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Aa Aa Bhi Jaa"   Shailendra Lata Mangeshkar 5:03
2. "Chalat Musafir"   Shailendra Manna Dey 3:04
3. "Duniya Bananewale"   Shailendra Mukesh 5:03
4. "Haye Ghazab Kahin Tara Toota"   Shailendra Asha Bhosle 4:13
5. "Maare Gaye Gulfaam"   Hasrat Jaipuri Lata Mangeshkar 4:00
6. "Paan Khaye Saiyan Hamaaro"   Shailendra Asha Bhosle 4:08
7. "Sajanwa Bairi Ho Gaye Hamar"   Shailendra Mukesh 3:51
8. "Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo"   Shailendra Mukesh 3:43
9. "Lali Lali Doliya Mein Lali Re"   Shailendra Asha Bhosle 3:11



  1. ^ Gulzar, Govind Nihalani, Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Popular Prakashan. p. 532. ISBN 9788179910665. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 

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