Awara

K.A. Abbas (Story, Screenplay, Dialogue)
CBFC: U
1951
Hindi
193 mins
  • Cast & Credits

    A Raj Kapoor Film Presents "Awara"
    A Film By Raj Kapoor
    Starring Prithviraj Kapoor . Nargis . Raj Kapoor . Leela Chitnis . K.N.Singh . Shashi Kapoor
    Directed
    By
    Raj Kapoor
    Story
    By
    Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
    Produced
    By
    Raj Kapoor
    Written
    By
    Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
    Music
    By
    Shankar-Jaikishan

    Awara : The film centers on the intertwining lives of poor Raj (Kapoor) and privileged Rita (Nargis). In the film, Kapoor's poor, innocent "little tramp" character references Charlie Chaplin and was further developed in other Kapoor films such as Shri 420. The film became an overnight sensation in South Asia, and found success abroad in the Soviet Union, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In particular, the song "Awara Hoon" (I am a Tramp), sung by Mukesh with lyrics by Shailendra, became hugely popular across the Indian subcontinent, as well as in the Soviet Union, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Romania. The film was also nominated for the Grand Prize of the Cannes Film Festival in 1953. Owing to its popularity in so many countries, the film is a candidate for most successful film of all time. In 2012, Awara was included in the 20 new entries to All-Time 100 greatest films by TIME.