Azaad (1955 film)


DVD cover
Directed by S. M. Sriramulu Naidu
Produced by S. M. Sriramulu Naidu
Written by Story based on a novel by Namakkal Kavignar Va. Ramalingam Pillai
Starring Dilip Kumar
Meena Kumari
Music by C. Ramchandra
Cinematography Sailen Bose
Edited by G. Veluswamy
Release dates
Language Hindi

Azaad (Hindi: आज़ाद, Urdu: آزاد) is a 1955 Bollywood film produced and directed by Sriramulu Naidu S.M. The music director is C. Ramchandra.

Hit songs from the movie include 'Aplam Chaplam' sung by Lata and Usha Mangeshkar, and 'Na Bole Na Bole' sung by Lata Mangeshkar.

It was the top grossing Hindi film in the year of its release, and one of the biggest Hindi film hit in its decade.


After her widower dad, Kedarnath, passes away, Shobha goes to live with her fathers friend, Charandas and his wife, Shanta, who had their son go missing as a child. Years later Shobha is now matured and Charandas scouts for a suitable groom. A wealthy man, Sunder, would like to marry Shobha but the family detests him. Then one night Shobha is abducted. The Police are informed but their search is in vain. A few days later they get wind that Shobha may be in Sunder's custody, a search does prove to be in vain. Then Shobha returns home and tells them she was rescued by a wealthy man named Azaad, housed in a mansion, looked after very well, and brought back home all in one piece. They subsequently find out that the wealthy man is none other than a notorious bandit named Azaad. They are even more shocked when Shobha informs them that she wants to get married to Azaad. Will Charandas and Shanta permit her to marry a bandit?



According to author, musicologist and film critic Rajesh Subramanian reveals that composer Naushad was first offered the film. He refused when producer S. M. Sriramulu Naidu insisted that the songs had to be composed in a week. C Ramchandra was roped and the melodies were composed in a record time. According to a book published by Raju Bharatan, film director Naidu requested Naushad to compose 10 tunes within 30 days for which he would get his "due payment". To this the great maestro is reported to have said: "Naidusaab, yeh koi baniye ki dukaan samjha aapne? Ek gaana nahi milega aapko tees din main". (Naidusaab, do you think this is a baniya store? You will not get even one song in 30 days.) (source:

The music was composed by C. Ramchandra and the songs were written by Rajendra Krishan

Track # Song Singer(s)
1 Radha Na Bole Na Bole Re, Ghunghat Ke Phat Na Kholey Re Lata Mangeshkar
2 Kitna Haseen Hai Mausam Kitna Haseen Safar Hai Lata Mangeshkar, C. Ramchandra
3 Ja Ri Ja Ri O Kari Badariya Lata Mangeshkar
4 Aplam Chaplam Chap Laiteri Duniya Ko Chod Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar
5 Kitni Jawan Hai Raat Lata Mangeshkar
6 O Balliye Balliye Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar
7 Dekho Ji Bahar Aayi Baghon Me Khili Kaliyan Lata Mangeshkar
8 Kabhi Khamosh Lata Mangeshkar
9 Marna Bhi Mohabbat Mein (Qawwali) Raghunath Jadhav & Party

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