Bhai-Bhai (1956 film)

For the 1970 film, see Bhai-Bhai.
Bhai Bhai
Directed by M. V. Raman
Produced by A.V. Meiyappan
Starring Ashok Kumar
Kishore Kumar
Nirupa Roy
Music by Madan Mohan
Cinematography T. Muthuswamy
Edited by Ramamurthy
M. V. Raman
Distributed by A. V. M. Productions
Release dates
  • 1956 (1956)
Running time
120 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Bhai Bhai (Brothers) is a 1956 Hindi social family drama directed by M. V. Raman for A. V. M. Productions.[1] It had screenplay by Jawar N. Sitaraman with Hindi screen adaptation of "Rathapasam" by C.V. Sridhar. The music director was Madan Mohan with dialogues and lyrics written by Rajendra Krishan. One of the popular songs from the film was "Ae Dil Mujhe Bata De" (Oh Heart Tell Me) sung by Geeta Dutt, "in an unabrasive fast tempo".[2] The song became one of Madan Mohan's earliest hits, and the music of the film in journalist-author Bharatan's words, went on to "conquer the box-office".[3]

The film starred real-life brothers Ashok Kumar, who played the lead role,[4] and Kishore Kumar as the two brothers, with the film being referred to as one of Kishore Kumar's prominent film.[5] The cast included Nirupa Roy, who played the role of Ashok Kumar's "homely" wife, while Shyama played the "seductress".[6] The film co-starred Nimmi, Om Prakash, David, Daisy Irani, and Shivraj.[7]

The story is of two brothers, with the younger brother running away from home at an early age. The older brother gets entangled with another woman leaving his wife and child at home. This situation leads to the meeting of the brothers, with the older one mending his errant ways.


A rich businessman, Dayashankar Kumar (Shivraj) who is a widow, lives with his two young sons Ashok and Raj. When he catches the younger boy Raj stealing money he punishes him and threatens to cut off his fingers. A frightened Raj runs away from home. Years pass and the older brother Ashok (Ashok Kumar), becomes the owner of his father's business and property, running Superior Motors, which also extends to Bombay. Ashok is married to Lakshmi (Nirupa Roy) and is a caring and loving husband. They have a young son, Munna (Daisy Irani).

Ashok goes on business to Bombay to meet his branch manager (Bulbul). He comes in contact with a young woman. Sangeeta (Shyama), and is soon involved in an affair with her, intending to marry her. On his return home, Lakshmi finds him changed and is shocked when he decides to sell his entire business and move to Bombay. He tells her that he's leaving and gives Lakshmi some money. Lakshmi takes her son and follows her husband to Bombay but both get lost in the big city.

Raj, the younger brother, now called Raja, had reached Bombay making his living as a pickpocket. He stays with a street dancer Rani (Nimmi) and her father, Baba (David). Rani tries to get Raja to give up his thieving habits and is in love with him. Lakshmi and Munna accidentally meet Raja who gives them shelter. With Raja's help Lakshmi finds Ashok, but is upset when she discovers him living with Sangeeta. Soon it's exposed that Sangeeta is the wife of Bulbul, who is a rogue and wanted to get money off Ashok. Lakshmi and Munna are reunited with a repentant Ashok. Their joy is doubled when they find that Raja is Ashok's younger brother.



Music was composed by Madan Mohan with lyrics by Rajendra Krishan. The singers were Mohammed Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar.[8]


# Title Singer
1 "Ae Dil Mujhe Bata De" Geeta Dutt
2 "Kadar Jane Na Mora Balam" Lata Mangeshkar
3 "Is Duniya Mein Sab Chor Chor" Lata Mangeshkar
4 "Sharabi Ja Ja Ja" Lata Mangeshkar
5 "Thandi Thandi Hawa" Lata Mangeshkar
6 "Bhagwan Jo Tu Hai Mera Insaaf Karega " Lata Mangeshkar
7 "Dil Teri Nazar Mein Atka" Asha Bhosle
8 "Mera Chhota Sa Dekho" (Happy) Lata Mangeshkar
9 "Mera Chhota Sa Dekho" (Sad) Lata Mangeshkar
10 "Mera Naam Abdul Rehman" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
11 "Apna Hai Phir Bhee Apna" Mohammed Rafi


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  2. Ashok Damodar Ranade (1 January 2006). Hindi Film Song: Music Beyond Boundaries. Bibliophile South Asia. pp. 358–. ISBN 978-81-85002-64-4. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  3. Raju Bharatan (1 January 1995). Lata Mangeshkar: A Biography. UBS Publishers' Distributors. ISBN 978-81-7476-023-4. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  4. Ashok Raj (1 November 2009). "The First Four Icons". Hero Vol.1. Hay House, Inc. pp. 61–. ISBN 978-93-81398-02-9. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  5. Ajay Kumar Kothari (1 January 1993). "Kishore Kumar". 101 Great Lives. Pustak Mahal. pp. 108–. ISBN 978-81-223-0531-9. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  6. Renu Saran (25 February 2014). Encyclopedia of Bollywood–Film Actresses. Nirupa Roy. Diamond Pocket Books Pvt Ltd. pp. 74–. ISBN 978-93-5083-691-0. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
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  8. "Bhai Bhai (1956)". Hindi Geetmala. Retrieved 29 July 2015.

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