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Directed by Manoj Kumar
Produced by Harkishen R. Mirchandani
R. N. Goswami
Written by Manoj Kumar
Starring Asha Parekh
Manoj Kumar
Prem Chopra
Music by Kalyanji Anandji
Cinematography V. N. Reddy
Edited by B. S. Glaad
Vishal Pictures
Distributed by Vishal Pictures
Release date
  • 1967 (1967)
Running time
175 min.
Country India
Language Hindi

Upkar (उपकार ) is a 1967 Indian Hindi film directed by Manoj Kumar.The film held the top spot at the box-office in 1967.[1] Manoj Kumar started his Mr. Bharat persona and his brand of patriotism & fearless courage with this film.


Manoj Kumar played a village man 'Bharat', who sacrifices everything to get his brother educated. His brother Puran (Prem Chopra) goes abroad and comes back a selfish man wanting his share of the property. But when India starts a war with Pakistan, Bharat decides to enlist and head to the border; while his selfish brother, with the help of his greedy uncle, Charandas(Madan Puri) and some partners, tries to gain profit by selling drugs and black marketeering in the market. In the end, Bharat returns as a demoralized soldier having lost the war and his brother repents as he is caught by the police (by the brother-in-law of Bharat). Hence, he vows to be a good & hardworking brother just like his Indo-Pak war veteran brother Bharat.

The movie also stars Asha Parekh as a doctor promoting family planning, Kamini Kaushal and Pran in his first positive character role. Madan Puri played the main villain with ease, full ability, and command. The film won several major awards.

Many years later, Manoj Kumar said that one of the most beautiful screen images that stuck in his mind was a "half-lit Asha Parekh" in this film.[2]


Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri praised his earlier film Shaheed and enthused Manoj Kumar to make a film on the Jai Jawaan Jai Kissan slogan. The slogan shaped into Manoj Kumar's official debut as a director for Upkar, where he believably played both a jawan and a kisan. A huge hit, Upkar made Manoj an authority on screen patriotism [3]

According to Movie expert Rajesh Subramanian, Rajesh Khanna was originally signed for the film but before the shooting kicked off he won the All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare and thus had to withdraw. Prem Chopra replaced him.



Film's music was given by Kalyanji Anandji.Lyrics for Upkar were penned by Qamar Jalalabadi, Indeevar, Gulshan Bawra, and Sitaram dhawan

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s)
1 "Deewanon Se Ye Mat Poocho" Qamar Jalalabadi Mukesh
2 "Kasme Waade Pyar Wafa" Indeevar Manna Dey
3 "Mere Desh Ki Dharti" Gulshan Bawra Mahendra Kapoor
4 "Aayi Jhoomke Basant" Prem Dhawan Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor & Manna Dey
5 "Gulabi Raat Gulabi" Indeevar Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi
6 "Har Khushi Ho Wahan" Gulshan Bawra Lata Mangeshkar

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.boxofficeindia.co.in/worth-their-weight-in-gold/
  2. ^
  3. ^ http://www.10ka20.com/indian-actors/manoj-kumar-profile.html
  4. ^ http://www.bfjaawards.com/legacy/pastwin/196831.htm

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