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Who defeated Raj Kapoor's SANGAM?

November 8, 2014 10:07:58 AM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Whenever a film on friendship will be remembered in Indian Cinema, the movie that will top the list is unarguably Rajshri Production's super hit DOSTI. The movie that was released on November 6, 1964 completes fifty years. Glamsham enlightens the younger generation about the movie that till date is remembered for its mesmerizing story and melodious music.


The movie tells a heartrending poignant tale of a friendship between two friends, one blind and the other handicap. The roles were exceptionally played by two young actors Sushil Kumar and Sudhir Kumar, who left an incredible mark on the Indian film industry. Ironically the two actors could not make it big later.

The story was interwoven with a layer of tender love of a sister that made the story more touching and moving. To add cherry to the cake is the soul stirring music by Laxmikant Pyarelal. Who can forget the super hit songs like Chahoonga Main Tujhe Saanj Savere…; Meri Dosti Mera Pyar…; Rahi Manwa Dukh Ki Chinta….;Mera To Jo Bhi Kadam….; Jaanewalo Zara….

Directed by the legend Satyen Bose, the movie was almost like a gamble by Rajshri Production because it had no star valve, no action, no romance and to top it all it was made in black and white, when other movies were being made in color. But film producer Tarachand Barjatya was convinced by the powerful story by Ban Bhatt. Hence, he went ahead and hit the bull's eye.

Readers would be surprised to know that movie which was made on a shoe-string budget created a furor at the box-office and won a whopping harvest. According to trade reports the movie earned Rs 2,00,00,000 and was the top 10 grosser in 1964.

What's more the movie created a sensation at the popular Filmfare awards at it went on to win six awards including Best Film and Best Music and Best Story and Dialogue. The other awards included Best Lyrics and Best Playback singer award to Mohd. Rafi for the song Chahoonga Main
Tujhe Saanj Savere

What may stun readers is that the movie that took a severe blow was Raj Kapoor's movie SANGAM because the movie lost not just the Best Film award but also lost the Best Music award to DOSTI!!!

Shankar Jaikishan, who had given such a superlative music in SANGAM were confident of the Filmfare award but were taken by surprise when the young music directors Laxmikant Pyarelal, (Once their assistants) went away winning their First Filmfare award.

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