- 2 hr 27 min
Dharmputra is a 1961 Indian drama film directed by Yash Chopra and produced by B. R. Chopra. The movie stars an ensemble cast comprising Mala Sinha, Shashi Kapoor, Rehman, Indrani Mukherjee, Manmohan Krishna and Ashok Kumar in a supporting role. The plot of the film revolves around the partition of India and its effect on the relationships of two families with different religious beliefs.
The story is set in pre-independence India where a wealthy Hindu family is headed by Ratanlal (Manmohan Krishna) who has a son named Dilip (Shashi Kapoor). Dilip falls in love with a Muslim girl named Meena (Mala Sinha) who works in his office. They plan to get married, but their families are against the union due to their different religious beliefs.
Meanwhile, a parallel plot revolves around a Muslim family headed by Nawab (Rehman). His elder son Aslam (Amjad Khan) is a staunch nationalist who follows Mahatma Gandhiâs path of non-violence, but his younger son Sikandar (Tabassum) is a fanatical supporter of the Muslim League.
As the country heads towards partition, the relationships between the two families take a back seat. The riots break out and the families are forced to relocate to their respective sides of the border. In the midst of it all, Dilip is torn between his love for Meena and his loyalty to his family.
The film explores how religion and political ideologies divide a nation and create conflicts between families that once shared a common bond. It showcases the human side of the partition and how it destroyed families and separated lovers. The film also highlights the tragedy of people who were left homeless, helpless and with no emotional support from their own country.
The filmâs director, Yash Chopra, showcases his sensitive side and handles the subject with great subtlety. The film remained faithful to the actual events that happened during the partition and didnât shy away from showing the harsh realities of the time.
The performances by the cast, especially Mala Sinha and Shashi Kapoor, are exemplary. They bring to life the emotions and pain of their characters with great sincerity. The supporting cast also does a commendable job in their respective roles.
The music of the film was composed by N. Dutta and the lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi. The songs are still remembered and hummed by many, such as "Hum Hindustani", "Raat Bhar Ka Hai Mehmaan Andhera" and "Yeh Kaisi Ajab Dastaan Ho Gayi".
Overall, Dharmputra is a timeless classic that depicts the human side of the partition and how it affected the lives of people. The film is a must-watch for those interested in Indian history and its impact on society.