Upkar (उपकार) is a 1967 Indian Hindi film directed by Manoj Kumar. The film held the top spot at the box office in 1967.[1] Manoj Kumar started his Mr. Bharat persona and his brand of patriotism and fearless courage with this film.

Directed byManoj Kumar
Produced byHarkishen R. Mirchandani
R. N. Goswami
Written byManoj Kumar
StarringAsha Parekh
Manoj Kumar
Prem Chopra
Music byKalyanji Anandji
CinematographyV. N. Reddy
Edited byB. S. Glaad
Vishal Pictures
Distributed byVishal Pictures
Release date
  • 1967 (1967)
Running time
175 min.


Manoj Kumar played a village man "Bharat", who sacrifices everything to get his brother educated. His brother Puran (Prem Chopra) goes abroad and comes back a selfish man wanting his share of the property. But when India starts a war with Pakistan, Bharat decides to enlist and head to the border; while his selfish brother, with the help of his greedy uncle, Charandas (Madan Puri) and some partners, try to gain profit by selling drugs and black marketeering in the market. In the end, Bharat returns as a demoralized soldier and his brother repents as he is caught by the police (by the brother-in-law of Bharat). Hence, he vows to be a good and hardworking brother just like his Indo-Pak war veteran brother Bharat.

The movie also stars Asha Parekh as a doctor promoting family planning, Kamini Kaushal and Pran in his first positive character role. Madan Puri played the main villain with ease, full ability, and command. The film won several major awards.

Many years later, Manoj Kumar said that one of the most beautiful screen images that stuck in his mind was a "half-lit Asha Parekh" in this film.[2]


Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri praised his earlier film Shaheed and enthused Manoj Kumar to make a film on the Jai Jawan Jai Kisan slogan. The slogan shaped into Manoj Kumar's official debut as a director for Upkar, where he believably played both a jawan and a kisan. A huge hit, Upkar made Manoj an authority on screen patriotism.[3]

According to movie expert Rajesh Subramanian, Rajesh Khanna was originally signed for the film, but before the shooting kicked off he won the All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare and thus had to withdraw. Prem Chopra replaced him.

Shooting Locations: Most parts of the movie were shot at Village Ghoga, Narela, Delhi-40. The Shiv Temple shown in the film is still exists in the Ghoga Viillage, including the songs "Kasme Vaade" and "Mere Desh Ki Dharti", then Manoj Kumar purchased a Bagh (property) in that area named Vishal Bagh on Main Bawana Road at Narela, Delhi NCT.



The film's music was given by Kalyanji Anandji. Lyrics for Upkar were penned by Qamar Jalalabadi, Indeevar, Gulshan Bawra, and Sitaram Dhawan. The song, "Mere Desh Ki Dharti Sona Ugle Ugle Heere Moti, Mere Desh Ki Dharti", sung by Mahendra Kapoor was a chartbuster.

1"Deewanon Se Ye Mat Poocho"Qamar JalalabadiMukesh
2"Kasme Waade Pyar Wafa"IndeevarManna Dey
3"Mere Desh Ki Dharti"Gulshan BawraMahendra Kapoor
4"Aayi Jhoomke Basant"Prem DhawanAsha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor & Manna Dey
5"Gulabi Raat Gulabi"IndeevarAsha Bhosle
6"Har Khushi Ho Wahan"Gulshan BawraLata Mangeshkar
7 "Yeh Kali Raat Kali" Indeevar Mohd. Rafi

Awards and nominations


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 September 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. http://www.10ka20.com/indian-actors/manoj-kumar-profile.html
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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