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Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (transl. My Heart is Mine and My Love is for Someone Else's) is a 1960 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film, produced by S. A. Bagar. It was written and directed by Kishore Sahu. The film stars Raaj Kumar, Meena Kumari and Nadira as leads. The film tells the story of a surgeon who is obligated to marry the daughter of a family friend, while he is in love with a colleague nurse, played by Meena Kumari. It is one of the noted acting performances of lead actress Meena Kumari's career.[2]

Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai
Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Hindiदिल अपना और प्रीत पराई
Directed byKishore Sahu
Produced byKamal Amrohi
Written byKishore Sahu
Madhusudan (supervising writer)
StarringRaaj Kumar
Meena Kumari
Music byShankar Jaikishan
CinematographyJosef Wirsching
Edited byKantilal B. Shukla
Mahal Pictures
Release date
  • 4 March 1960 (1960-03-04)
Running time
155 min
Box office90 lakh (equivalent to 60 crore or US$8.8 million in 2018)

The film's music is by Shankar Jaikishan, and features a hit song, the Hawaiian-themed "Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh", sung by Lata Mangeshkar.[3] At the 1961 Filmfare Awards it created an upset by beating the popular musical epic, Mughal-e-Azam of Naushad, for the Best Music Director category.[4]


Sushil Verma (Raaj Kumar) is a surgeon in the Shimla Hospital. He lives on the hospital grounds in a doctor's house with his aging mother and younger sister Munni (Kumari Naaz). After Sushil's father died, his father's close friend paid Sushil's medical school fees, thus creating a debt that Sushil's mother feels needs to be fulfilled. Karuna (Meena Kumari) is a nurse who comes to Shimla Hospital and first encounters Sushil during an emergency surgery. Both are clearly besotted with each other, but keep their feelings restrained.

By chance, on a nurses' beach day trip, Karuna meets Munni, who injures herself whilst playing. She takes Munni back to her house, not knowing that she is Dr. Verma's sister, and the house she is visiting belongs to him. She dresses Munni's wounds, sees how much work needs to be done in the house, and the fact that his mother is too ill to attend to household tasks. She immediately steps in and fulfills the duties of the housewife; cooking, cleaning and taking care of everyone. Sushil comes home to see this and falls even more in love.

However, later on, his mother organises a trip to Kashmir for the whole family, and conveniently guilt-trips Sushil into marrying Kusum (Nadira), the daughter of the man who paid for his medical school fees.

They come back to Shimla, and Karuna is devastated when she finds this out. Although she manages to conceal this for a while, situations keep arising and Kusum soon gets jealous of Sushil's preference for Karuna, and her perceived ill-treatment. Kusum manipulates and mistreats her mother-in-law and sister-in-law, until Sushil orders her out of the house. She goes back to Kashmir.

Dr. Verma's mother then realises her mistake, that she should have gotten him married to Karuna.

To avoid scandal, Karuna moves to another hospital. But Kusum seeks to enact revenge on her. Dr. Verma finds this out and tries to beat Kusum to Karuna, which leads to a clifftop high speed car chase, resulting in Kusum's death. The film concludes with the reunion of Karuna and Sushil.



All music is composed by Shankar Jaikishan.

1."Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh"ShailendraLata Mangeshkar 
2."Andaz Mera Mastana"ShailendraLata Mangeshkar 
3."Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai"ShailendraLata Mangeshkar 
4."Itni Badi Mehfil"Hasrat JaipuriAsha Bhosle 
5."Jane Kahan Gai"ShailendraMohammed Rafi 
6."Mera Dil Ab Tera Ho Sajna"ShailendraLata Mangeshkar 
7."Sheesha-E-Dil Itna Na Uchhalo"Hasrat JaipuriLata Mangeshkar 


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  1. ^ "Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai". Times of India. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  2. ^ Mahmood, Hameeduddin (1974). The kaleidoscope of Indian cinema. Affiliated East-West Press. p. 213.
  3. ^ Mahajan, Mradula (6 September 2018). "The Ultimate Lata Mangeshkar Hit Songs List". Onrecord. JioSaavn. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  4. ^ Bharatan, Raju (25 December 1988). "The Last Mughal". The Illustrated Weekly of India. Vol. 109. pp. 50–53.

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