Nazrana (1961 film)
|Directed by||C. V. Sridhar|
|Produced by||S. Krishnamurthy and T.Govindarajan|
C. V. Sridhar (story)|
Rajendra Krishan (dialogue)
|Edited by||N. M. Shankar|
. Venus Pictures
|Distributed by||Venus Pictures|
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. The music is by Ravi.
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.
- Raj Kapoor as Rajesh
- Vyjayanthimala as Vasanthi
- Usha Kiran as Geetha
- Gemini Ganesan as Shyam, Vasanthi's boss in Guest appearance.
- Agha as Murli
- Achala Sachdev as Getha's and Vasanthi's mother.
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.
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.
|Soundtrack album by Ravi|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
Sa Re Ga Ma|
|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|
1961 - Filmfare Award for 15st Story - C. V. Sridhar
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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