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Ek Hi Raasta (1956 film)

Ek Hi Raasta (lit. Only one way) is a 1956 family-drama Indian Hindi film directed and produced by B. R. Chopra. It starred Sunil Dutt, Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar, Daisy Irani, Jeevan and Shrinath in main roles. The music for the film was scored by Hemanta Mukherjee.[2][3] Having directed a few films earlier, Chopra formed his own production house B.R. Films in 1955 and Ek Hi Raasta was the first film produced under this banner. The film was remade in Telugu as Kumkuma Rekha (1960) and in Tamil as Pudhiya Pathai also released in 1960.

Ek Hi Raasta
Ek Hi Raasta 1956.jpg
Directed byB. R. Chopra
Produced byB. R. Chopra[1]
Written byMukhram Sharma
StarringMeena Kumari
Ashok Kumar
Sunil Dutt
Daisy Irani
Music byHemanta Mukherjee
Distributed byB. R. Films
Release date
  • 13 April 1956 (1956-04-13)


The film starts with the portrayal of happily married couple, Amar (Sunil Dutt) and Malti (Meena Kumari) who have a son named Raja (Daisy Irani). Amar and Malti are both orphans and hence are sympathetic towards orphans generally. Prakash (Ashok Kumar) is a rich bachelor businessman for whom Amar works. While working in Prakash's factory, Amar catches another worker Munshi (Jeevan) stealing money from the factory locker.

To take revenge for his humiliation at the hands of Amar, Munshi murders him. To escape his depression over the loss, Prakash begins helping Malti and her child. Munshi tries to humiliate the family by spreading rumours of an affair between Prakash and Malti in public. To save the honour of Malti, Prakash marries her. Raja meanwhile refuses to accept Prakash as his father. Munshi provokes Raja against Prakash and claims that Prakesh was the real murderer of Amar. Out of anger, Raja tries to shoot Prakash but fails. Raja is jailed for the attempt to kill Prakash. After a few years, Raja is released from jail only to find that his mother is hospitalised from the mental shock she received following Raja's imprisonment. Fearing Malti has died, Raja does not return home. After a few years, Raja understands and returns home, then accepts Prakash as his father.[4]


Baldev Raj Chopra (sitting left) and Yash Chopra (at the right)

The music for the songs was composed by Hemanta Mukherjee.[5] He also sang few of the songs himself, of which "Chali Gori Pi Se Milan Ko Chali" was based on Bhairavi raga.[6]

1."Bade Bhaiyya Laaye Hain Landon"Asha Bhosle8:07
2."Bhola Bachhpan Dukhi Jawani"Hemanta Mukherjee and Lata Mangeshkar2:22
3."Bhola Bachhpan Dukhi Jawani (2)"Lata Mangeshkar5:10
4."Chali Gori Pi Se Milan Ko Chali"Hemanta Mukherjee5:44
5."Chamaka Ban Kar Aman Ka Taara[1]"Hemanta Mukherjee and Lata Mangeshkar6:51
6."Kaisi Lagi Kaisi Lagi Jaaye"Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar6:49
7."Saawale Salone Aaye Dil Bahaar"Hemanta Mukherjee and Lata Mangeshkar1:16
8."Udale Hain Mere Gum Ki Hansi"Lata Mangeshkar2:85


The film was directed and produced by the Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner B. R. Chopra under the B. R. films banner.[1][7][8][9][10] Founded in 1955, the production house's first creation was this film.[11]

The music was directed by well known singer Hemanta Mukherjee,[9][12] with the lyrics written by one of the dominating musical forces in Indian Cinema, Majrooh Sultanpuri.[1][9][13] The story, along with the screenplay and dialogue were written by Mukhram Sharma.[9] Assistant directors included Balbir Kumar, O. P. Bedi and B. R. Chopras' brother, Yash Chopra.[9][14]


The film proved to be successful at the box office and was screened for more than 25 weeks; which was called "Jubilee Hit".[15] The banner went on to produce many more successful films such as Naya Daur (1957), Sadhana (1958), Dhool Ka Phool (1959), Waqt (1965) and more.[16] Child actress Daisy Irani's role as Raja was also well appreciated.[17][18] She was also seen in Chopra's next film Naya Daur.[19]


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  13. ^ Zaheer, Sajjad; Azfar, Amina (2006). The Light. Oxford University Press. p. 52. ISBN 0-19-547155-5.
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  16. ^ D. P. Mishra (2006). Great masters of Indian cinema: the Dadasaheb Phalke Award winners. Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India). p. 109. ISBN 8123013612.
  17. ^ "Small steps to the big screen". Tribune India. 15 March 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  18. ^ Dubey, Bharti. "Finally, kidspeak". Times of India. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  19. ^ "Metrolife filmi fundas". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 12 June 2014.

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