Anari is a 1959 Bollywood film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The film stars Raj Kapoor, Nutan, Motilal and Lalita Pawar. The music was by Shankar Jaikishan and the lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri as well as Shailendra. This was among the few movies in which Lalita Pawar played a positive role and Motilal a role with shades of grey. The film was remade in Tamil as Pasamum Nesamum.[1]

Directed byHrishikesh Mukherjee
Produced byL. B. Lachman
Written byInder Raj Anand
StarringRaj Kapoor
Lalita Pawar
Music byShankar Jaikishan
CinematographyJaywant Pathare
Edited byHrishikesh Mukherjee
Release date
  • 16 January 1959 (1959-01-16)


Raj Kumar is an honest, handsome and intelligent young man. He works as a sole trader and being a painter by trade, he is unable to earn a living and unable to pay rent to his kind-hearted but talkative landlady, Mrs. D'sa. One day, Raj finds a wallet containing money and returns it to the owner, Mr. Ramnath. Ramnath admires Raj and pleased with his honesty, employs him to work in his office as a clerk. Raj meets with Ramnath's maidservant Asha and soon both fall in love. This all ends when Raj finds out that Asha is really Aarti, the niece of his employer. Unfortunately, his landlady dies consuming medicine manufactured by his employer, Mr. Ramnath, and she passes away suddenly, leaving Raj Kumar alone. The police conduct a post-mortem and as a result, find out that Mrs. D'sa was poisoned. Raj became the prime suspect and is subsequently taken for questioning and is arrested and held in a cell. In the trial that he faces, however, Ramnath reveals the truth and thus Raj is saved.



#TitleSinger(s)Music DirectorLyricistDuration
1 "Dil Ki Nazar Se" Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra 04:38
2 "Nineteen Fifty Six" Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar Manna Dey , Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra 04:59
3 "Woh Chand Khila Woh Tare" Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar Shankar Jaikishan Hasrat Jaipuri 04:13
4 "Sab Kuchh Seekha Ham Ne" Mukesh Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra 03:40
5 "Ban Ke Panchhi Gaaye Pyar Ka Tarana" Lata Mangeshkar Shankar Jaikishan Hasrat Jaipuri 03:35
6 "Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Pe" Mukesh Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra 04:31
7 "Tera Jana" Lata Mangeshkar Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra 03:41


Motilal plays Nutan's uncle in the film. In real life, he lived with Nutan's mother, Shobhana Samarth.



  1. ""Enge Thaan Povaai" – Pasamum Nesamum (1964) – Tamil Feature Film". 31 May 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  2. "7th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
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