Bedari, a Pakistani Urdu black and white film, was a classic melodious film of 1956.[1]This film had an identical plot and the songs like Indian film Jagriti (1954), with replacement of some words, and music were taken directly from Jagriti as well. Rattan Kumar (Syed Nazir Ali), who had moved to Pakistan with his family, acted in Bedari also. When 'Bedari' was released in Pakistan in 1956, it too made fabulous business in the first few weeks of exhibition. However, it dawned upon the Pakistani cinemagoers that they were watching a plagiarized film. There was a mass uproar that caused public demonstrations against exhibition of the plagiarized film. The Censor Board of Pakistan immediately put a ban on this film.[2]

Directed byRafiq Rizvi (also Ghazanvi or Bapu)
Produced byWazir Ali Rizvi
StarringRattan Kumar (Nazir Rizvi), Ragni, Santosh Kumar (Syed Musa Raza), Meena Shorey
Music byFateh Ali Khan
Release date
  • 1956 (1956)
Banned in 1958
Running time
approx. 3 hours


The music of the film was composed by Fateh Ali Khan. The songs were written by Fayyaz Hashmi, and sung by Munawwar Sultana and Saleem Raza. A song which was a straight lift of the 'De Di Humein Azaadi' tune. Startlingly, it was titled Aye Quaid-e-Azam Tera Ehsaan. The lines 'De di humein azaadi bina khadag bina dhal/ Sabarmati ke sant tu ne kar diya kamaal' had been changed to 'De di humein azaadi ki duniya huyi hairaan/ Aye Quaid-e-Azam tera ehsaan hai ehsaan'. In other words, a song celebrating the Indian Father of the Nation had been transposed to eulogize his Pakistani counterpart. [3]

  • [Aey Qaid-e-Azam, tera ehsan hai ehsan] error: {{transl}}: unrecognized language / script code: urd (help), by Munawwar Sultana
  • [Hum laayein hain toofan se kashti nikaal ke] error: {{transl}}: unrecognized language / script code: urd (help), by Saleem Raza
  • [Aao Bachho Sair Karain Tum Ko Pakistan Ki] error: {{transl}}: unrecognized language / script code: urd (help), by Saleem Raza
  • [Chalo Chalen Maan Sapnon ke Gaon Mein] error: {{transl}}: unrecognized language / script code: urd (help)

Highlight of this film was its popular film songs and music. Fateh Ali Khan was the foremost sitar-player at that time in Pakistan and composed the music of this film. Bedari was also a debut film of now renowned Pakistani actor Qazi Wajid who, as a teenage student, played a very funny role of a student with a stammer disorder.[4]


  1. ^, film cast of Bedari on Internet Movie Database, Retrieved 24 March 2018
  2. ^ plagiarised tribute to Quaid Sayed GB Shah Bokhari (Ex-Member Censor Board), on
  3. ^ replaced with Jinnah: The story of how an ode to India was plagarised in Pakistan by Rudradeep Bhattacharjee
  4. ^, film Bedari on Internet Movie Database, Retrieved 24 March 2018

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