Bahar (film)


Film Posterp
Directed by M. V. Raman
Produced by A. V. Meiyappan
Story by Story: M. V. Raman
Dialogue: Rajendra Krishan
Starring Vyjayanthimala
Karan Dewan
Pandari Bai
Om Prakash
Music by S. D. Burman
Cinematography T. Muthuswamy
Edited by K. Shankar
M. V. Raman
Distributed by Rajshri Productions
Release dates
  • 26 October 1951 (1951-10-26)[1]
Running time
170 min
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 12,500,000[2]

Bahar (Hindi: बहार; English: The spring season or happiness) is a 1951 Hindi Black-and-white social guidance film written and directed by M. V. Raman. It was a remake of the 1949 South Indian blockbuster film Vazhkai. The film starred by Vyjayanthimala in her Bollywood debut, Karan Dewan, Pandari Bai in the lead with Pran, Om Prakash, Leela Mishra, Sunder, Tabassum, Indira Acharya and Chaman Puri forms an ensemble cast. The film was produced by A. V. Meiyappan with his production company, AVM. The music was composed by S. D. Burman with lyrics provided by Rajendra Krishan, while the editing was done by K. Shankarand and M. V. Raman and the camera was handled by T. Muthuswamy. The story revolves around Lata, Vasant and Malti.


The story revolves around Lata who lives a wealthy lifestyle with her parents and they would like her to get married to wealthy Shekhar she initially approves it. Shortly thereafter she meets with Vasant Kumar and both fall in love with each other and get married. Heart broken and angry Shekhar starts to investigate Vasant's background. Finds out that Vasant's real name is Ashok, an editor for a magazine. What happens in Ashok or Vasant Kumar life?




After his film Vazhkai was a runaway success at box office where it completed 25 weeks of its theatrical run, A. V. Meiyappan plan to remade the film in Hindi with his company AVM Productions.[3] For the lead female role, actress Vyjayanthimala was roped in, Vyjayanthimala who has done the same role previously in the Tamil and Telugu version about to make her Bollywood debut through this film.[4] She was also learned Hindi at the Hindi Prachar Sabha to dub her own voice for her character.[5] For second female lead, popular South Indian actress Pandari Bai was approached, though earlier she was considered to enact the same role in the Tamil version but only to be rejected by A. V. Meiyappan because of her Kannada-tinged Tamil accent who replace her with actress M. S. Draupadi in that role.[6] Pandari Bai was credited as Padmini through this film as her name is too old fashioned for Bollywood.[6][7]


Soundtrack album by S. D. Burman
Released 1951
Recorded Minoo Katrak
Genre Film soundtrack
Label The Gramophone Company of India
Producer S. D. Burman
S. D. Burman chronology
Bahar Baazi

The film's soundtrack was composed by S. D. Burman while the lyrics was penned by Rajendra Krishan.[8] Almost all the songs was a chartbusters and the album proved to be successful for music director S. D. Burman who previously taste success through Shabnam. Bahar also one of the rare soundtrack where Burman uses Shamshad Begum as his main singer. Her voice for the song "Saiyan Dil Mein Aana Re" becomes a hit.[9] The album also features Kishore Kumar's early hit song, "Qasoor Aapka" who later becomes as one of the leading male playback singer in Bollywood.[10][11]

No. Song Singers Length (m:ss) Lyrics Notes
1 "Saiyan Dil Mein Aana Re" Shamshad Begum 03.48 Rajendra Krishan
2 "Aye Zindagi Ka Rahi" Talat Mahmood 03:05 Rajendra Krishan
3 "Bhagwan Do Ghadi Zara Insaan Ban Ke Dekh" Geeta Dutt 03:17 Rajendra Krishan
4 "Chhodoji Chhodoji Chhodoji Kanhaiya Kalhai Humaar" Shamshad Begum 03:04 Rajendra Krishan
5 "Aaja Pardesia O Pardesiya" Shamshad Begum 04:22 Rajendra Krishan Also known as "Oh Pardesiya"
6 "Sataye Huye Ko Satati Hai Duniya" Geeta Dutt 03:48 Rajendra Krishan
7 "Duniya Ka Maza Le Lo" Shamshad Begum 04:25 Rajendra Krishan
8 "O Duniyawalo Kitne Zalim" Shamshad Begum 03:57 Rajendra Krishan
9 "Pyar Ki Bahar Leke Dil Ka Karar Leke" Shamshad Begum 05:05 Rajendra Krishan
10 "Kusoor Aapka Huzoor" Kishore Kumar 02:10 Rajendra Krishan Male version
11 "Kusoor Aapka Huzoor" Shamshad Begum 02:36 Rajendra Krishan Female version

Box office

At the end of its theatrical run, the film grossed around 12,500,000 with nett gross of 7,000,000 while becomes the sixth highest grossing film of 1951 with verdict hit at box office.[2]


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  9. Siraj Khan (Web Feature Service) (17 April 2009). "Shamshad Begum: Still topping the charts at 90". Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  10. Dinesh Raheja (18 February 2002). "Kishore Kumar: The master voice". Rediff. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
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