Aasra (lit.‚ÄČShelter) is a 1966 Hindi movie produced by Madan Mohla and directed by Satyen Bose.[1][2] The film stars Mala Sinha, Biswajeet, Balraj Sahni, Jagdeep and Nirupa Roy.[1][3] The film's music is by Laxmikant Pyarelal.[1] The movie is loosely based on the 1961 Bengali movie Madhyarater Tara.[4]

Directed bySatyen Bose
StarringMala Sinha
Music byLaxmikant Pyarelal
Release date


Amar Kumar is an eligible bachelor and his parents are looking to match him up. Amar meets Roopa but is more attracted her cousin, Shobha. The girl is treated as a house servant in Roopa's household. When Amar's feelings become public, Roopa beats Shobha. Frightened, she keeps away from Amar. The man travels abroad for several months; again Shobha is beaten. She escapes from the abusive household and is taken in by Amar's parents. There is a twist, though, she is pregnant and the identity of the father is unclear.[2]


  • Mala Sinha as Shobha
  • Biswajeet as Amar Kumar, Surendra and Maya's son
  • Balraj Sahni as Surendra Nath Kumar
  • Nirupa Roy as Maya Kumar, wife of Surendra Nath
  • David Abraham as Vishwambhar Nath
  • Praveen Paul as Mrs. Vishwambhar
  • Jagdeep as Harish, VIshwambhar's eldest son
  • Ameeta as Roopa, Vishwambhar's eldest daughter


Lyricist: Anand Bakshi

1 "Daiya Ri Daiya Yashoda Maiya" Lata Mangeshkar
2 "Mere Soone Jeevan Ka Aasra Hai Tu" Asha Bhosle
3 "Neend Kabhi Rehti Thi Ankhon Mein" Lata Mangeshkar
4 "Sajana Kidhar Sari Ratiyan" Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar
5 "Shokhiyan Nazar Mein Hain" Mohammed Rafi
6 "Tu Kaun Ho Bataon" Lata Mangeshkar


  1. Cowie, Peter; Elley, Derek (1 January 1977). World Filmography: 1967. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. p. 254. ISBN 978-0-498-01565-6.
  2. Sinha, Mala; Biswajeet; Sahni, Balraj; Ameeta (1 January 2000), Aasra (1966) at IMDb, retrieved 25 March 2017
  3. Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-94325-7.
  4. http://www.geetadutt.com/geetadutt_bengalifilms.pdf

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