Dil Ek Mandir

Dil Ek Mandir (lit.The heart is a temple) is a 1963 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by C. V. Sridhar. The film stars Rajendra Kumar, Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar and Mehmood. The film's music is by Shankar Jaikishan. All the songs of this film were hits and were loved by everyone. The film was a major hit at the box office. Got No. 5 on box office collection list[3]. The film was a remake of the Tamil film Nenjil Or Aalayam (1962), also directed by Sridhar.[4]

Dil Ek Mandir
Directed byC. V. Sridhar
Story byC.V. Sridhar
StarringRajendra Kumar
Meena Kumari
Raaj Kumar
Music byShankar Jaikishan
CinematographyA. Vincent
Edited byN. M Shankar
Release date
  • 8 March 1963 (1963-03-08)
Box office1.1 crore (equivalent to 68 crore or US$9.9 million in 2018) [2]


Sita (Meena Kumari) is married to Ram (Raaj Kumar), who is diagnosed to have cancer. Ram is admitted to a hospital where he is to be treated by Dr. Dharmesh (Rajendra Kumar). Dr. Dharmesh is Sita's former love and both of them are very much uncomfortable to interact in front of Sita's husband. Sita suspects that Dr. Dharmesh will not be able to give her husband a fair treatment because of his love interest in her. When she mentions this to him he promises her that he will try his best to save her husband. Ram overhears this conversation and later suggests to Sita that she should get married to Dr. Dharmesh after his death. Ram is to undergo a major surgery under Dr. Dharmesh, which will decide his fate. Dr. Dharmesh is seized with a feeling that he can't afford to fail in this surgery, as it might seem that he was biased due to Sita. He works hard for the preparation of the surgery, without proper food/sleep for a long time. Finally, at the end the surgery takes place. Dr. Dharmesh comes out from the operation theatre and tells Sita that the operation was successful and her husband is safe. He takes couple of steps forward and collapses. Long days of hard work for the preparation of surgery takes its toll, and he dies on the spot. The last scene shows Ram and Sita at the inauguration of a hospital built in Dr. Dharmesh's memory. Dr. Dharmesh's mother inaugurates his statue and everybody places flowers there.



Dil Ek Mandir was directed by C. V. Sridhar and remade from his own Tamil film Nenjil Or Aalayam (1962). The entire film was completed in 27 days.[4]


1 "Dil Ek Mandir Hai" Mohammed Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur Hasrat Jaipuri 04:25
2 "Tum Sab Ko Chhod Kar" Mohammed Rafi 04:07
3 "Ham Tere Pyar Mein" Lata Mangeshkar 04:47
4 "Ruk Ja Raat" Shailendra 04:13
5 "Yaad Na Jaye Beete Dinon Ki" Mohammed Rafi 04:23
6 "O Meri Ladli" Suman Kalyanpur 04:19
7 "Paalanhaare Ram Hai" (Bhajan) S. Janaki 02:17


At the 11th Filmfare Awards, Raaj Kumar won the Best Supporting Actor Award and Arjun Dev Rashk won Best Dialogue.[4]


  1. "Dil Ek Mandir". Times of India. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  2. "Box Office 1963". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bollywood_films_of_1963
  4. Mahaan, Deepak (29 January 2010). "Dil Ek Mandir (1963)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
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