Upkar (उपकार) is a 1967 Indian Hindi film directed by Manoj Kumar. The film held the top spot at the box office in 1967. Manoj Kumar started his Mr. Bharat persona and his brand of patriotism and fearless courage with this film.
|Directed by||Manoj Kumar|
|Produced by||Harkishen R. Mirchandani|
R. N. Goswami
|Written by||Manoj Kumar|
|Music by||Kalyanji Anandji|
|Cinematography||V. N. Reddy|
|Edited by||B. S. Glaad|
|Distributed by||Vishal Pictures|
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.
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.
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.
- Manoj Kumar - Bharat
- Asha Parekh - Kavita
- Prem Chopra - Puran Kumar
- Kanhaiyalal - Lala Dhaniram
- Pran - Malang Chacha
- David - Major saab
- Kamini Kaushal - Radha
- Asit Sen - Lakhpati
- Tun Tun - Lakhpati's Wife
- Madan Puri - Charan Das
- Manmohan - Kavita's Brother
- Aruna Irani - Kamli
- Manmohan Krishan - Bisna
- Sunder - Sunder
- Gulshan Bawra - Som
- Laxmi Chhaya - Guest Dancer in "Gulabi Raat Gulabi"
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 Jalalabadi||Mukesh|
|2||"Kasme Waade Pyar Wafa"||Indeevar||Manna Dey|
|3||"Mere Desh Ki Dharti"||Gulshan Bawra||Mahendra Kapoor|
|4||"Aayi Jhoomke Basant"||Prem Dhawan||Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor & Manna Dey|
|5||"Gulabi Raat Gulabi"||Indeevar||Asha Bhosle|
|6||"Har Khushi Ho Wahan"||Gulshan Bawra||Lata Mangeshkar|
|7||"Yeh Kali Raat Kali"||Indeevar||Mohd. Rafi|
Awards and nominations
- Filmfare Best Movie Award--Manoj Kumar
- Filmfare Best Director Award--Manoj Kumar
- Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award--Pran
- Filmfare Best Story Award--Manoj Kumar
- Filmfare Best Dialogue Award--Manoj Kumar
- Filmfare Best Lyricist Award--Gulshan Bawra for the song "Mere Desh Ki Dharti"
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Actor--Manoj Kumar
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Music--Kalyanji Anandji
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Male Playback Singer--Mahendra Kapoor for the song "Mere Desh Ki Dharti"
- National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film--Manoj Kumar
- National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer --Mahendra Kapoor for the song "Mere Desh Ki Dharti"
- BFJA Award for Best Dialogue (Hindi)--Manoj Kumar
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