Nazrana (1961 film)


Film Poster
Directed by C. V. Sridhar
Produced by S. Krishnamurthy and T.Govindarajan
Written by C. V. Sridhar (story)
Rajendra Krishan (dialogue)
Starring Raj Kapoor
Usha Kiran
Gemini Ganesan
Music by Ravi
Cinematography A. Vincent
Edited by N. M. Shankar
. Venus Pictures
Distributed by Venus Pictures
Release dates
  • 1961 (1961)
Running time
130 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 40,00,000 (estimated)
Box office 90,00,000

Nazrana (Hindi: नजराना; English: Gift) is a 1961 black-and-white melodrama Hindi film produced by S. Krishnamurthy and directed by C. V. Sridhar in his Hindi directional debut. The film stars Raj Kapoor and Vyjayanthimala in the lead with Usha Kiran, Achala Sachdev and Agha as an ensemble cast while South Star Gemini Ganesan has an extended cameo appearance.[1] The music is by Ravi.

The film was a remake of 1959 Tamil film Kalyana Parisu which was also directed by C. V. Sridhar.[2] Nazrana is about a triangular love story between Raj, Vasanthi and Geeta.


Raj (Raj Kapoor) and Vasanti (Vyjayanthimala) are college mates who clash when she complains to the college principal about a love letter he sent her. Later on realizing her mistake, Vasanti apologizes to him and the two fall in love. Vasanti's elder sister, Geeta (Usha Kiron), supports the family by stitching clothes. Raj rents the room upstairs in their house. He falls ill and in nursing him, Geeta falls in love with him. She confides her love to Vasanti, who decides to sacrifice her love for her the sake of her sister and convinces Raj to marry Geeta. Raj initially neglects Geeta. On finding out, Vasanti writes to him that their sacrifice, made for Geeta's happiness, would mean nothing unless he is a good husband to Geeta. Raj relents and Geeta and he have a son. Vasanti joins them and Geeta suspects that there is something on between Raj and Vasanti and makes Vasanti leave the house. A few years later Geeta, having found out that Raj and Vasanti loved each other, dies in guilt leaving Raj alone to bring up their child making him promise that he will make Vasanti the child's mother. Raj learns of Vasanti's impanding marriage to her former boss (Gemini Ganesh). By the time he reaches there, Vasanti is already married. He hands over his child to Vasanti as a wedding gift and walks away.



Initially the shooting of the film was started with actress B. Saroja Devi who reprises her role of Geetha from Kalyana Parisu and Pelli Kanuka. During the filming process she felt out with the director C. V. Sridhar and was replaced by actress Vyjayanthimala, who has worked with the director before in Then Nilavu.[3]

Box office

At the end of its theatrical run, Nazrana grossed around 90,00,000 with nett gross of 45,00,000 and was an average success at box office thus becomes 12th highest grossing film of 1961.[4]


Soundtrack album by Ravi
Released 1961 (1961)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Sa Re Ga Ma
HMV Group
Ravi chronology

The film soundtrack was compose by Ravi with the lyrics were provided by Rajendra Krishan.[5] There are five songs in the album and the song Ek Woh Bhi Diwali becomes popular.[6]

No. Song Singers Picturization Length (m:ss) Lyrics
1 "Baazi Kisine Pyar Ki" Mohammed Rafi Climax sequence feature actress Vyjayanthimala, Raj Kapoor, Gemini Ganesan and Master Shahid 03:32 Rajendra Krishan
2 "Mele Hain Chiraghon Ki Diwali" Lata Mangeshkar Featuring actress Vyjayanthimala along with Raj Kapoor, Usha Kiran and Master Shahid 03:33 Rajendra Krishan
3 "Mere Peechhe Ek Diwana" Mukesh, Asha Bhosle Duet on actress Vyjayanthimala and Raj Kapoor 03:37 Rajendra Krishan
4 "Ek Woh Bhi Diwali Thi" Mukesh Featuring actor Raj Kapoor and Master Shahid 03:19 Rajendra Krishan
5 "Bikhra Ke Zulfen Chaman Mein" Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar Featuring actress Vyjayanthimala, Leela Chitnis and Sunil Dutt 03:22 Rajendra Krishan


Filmfare Awards

1961 - Filmfare Award for 15st Story - C. V. Sridhar[7]

Character map of Kalyana Parisu and its remakes

Kalyana Parisu (Tamil)
Pelli Kanuka (Telugu)
Nazrana (Hindi)
Devatha (Telugu)
Tohfa (Hindi)
Bhaskar (Gemini Ganesan) Bhaskar (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) Rajesh (Raj Kapoor) (Sobhan Babu) Ramu (Jeetendra)
Vasanthi (B. Saroja Devi) Vasanthi (B. Saroja Devi) Vasanthi (Vyjayanthimala) (Sridevi) Lalita (Sridevi)
Geetha (Vijayakumari) Geetha (Krishna Kumari) Geetha (Usha Kiran) (Jaya Prada) Janki (Jaya Prada)
Raghu (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) Raghu (Kongara Jaggayya) Shyam (Gemini Ganesan) Ramudu (Mohan Babu)


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  2. Mahendra Ved (2011-05-23). "The life and loves of an eternal romantic". New Straits Times. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
  3. G. Dhananjayan (2014). Pride of Tamil Cinema. Blue Ocean. p. 128.
  4. "Box Office 1961". Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. "Nazrana (1962)". Retrieved 2011-08-08.
  6. "Diwali on Screen!". 2009-10-17. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
  7. "The Winners - 1960". Indiatimes. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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