Gumrah (1963 film)

Gumrah (transl. Astray) is a 1963 Hindi-language film produced and directed by B. R. Chopra. The film stars Sunil Dutt, Ashok Kumar, Mala Sinha, Nirupa Roy, Deven Verma and Shashikala. The music was composed by Ravi and the lyrics were by Sahir Ludhianvi. The film was a box office success. It was remade in Malayalam as Vivahitha (1970).[1] For her performance, Shashikala won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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Directed byB. R. Chopra
Produced byB. R. Chopra
StarringAshok Kumar
Sunil Dutt
Mala Sinha
Nirupa Roy
Music byRavi
Edited byPran Mehra
Release date
18 January 1963


Meena (Mala Sinha) and Kamla (Nirupa Roy) are two daughters of a wealthy Nainital resident. While Kamla lives with her established attorney husband, Ashok (Ashok Kumar), in Mumbai, Meena is in love with artist-singer Rajendra (Sunil Dutt). When Kamla comes to Nainital for her delivery, she comes to know of Meena's affair and plans to get her married to Rajendra. Ashok however, is totally unaware of this fact.

Before Kamla can do this, she dies after falling off a cliff near her father's home. Afraid that her sister's children will be ill-treated by a stepmother, Meena is compelled to marry Ashok. Ashok does not know about her love affair with Rajendra. For a while things go well, until she meets Rajendra again. He follows her to Mumbai, and they begin meeting secretly.

One day, Meena is caught by Leela (Shashikala), a woman who claims to be Rajendra's wife and who begins blackmailing her. Meena's life comes to a crisis, and she is forced to make a choice between Rajendra and Ashok.

Later Meena realizes that Leela is not Rajendra's wife and she attempts to kill her in anger but her husband Ashok stopped her. Ashok tells Meena that Leela is her secretary and he told his secretary to do that. Ashok tells Meena that she can go with Rajendra. Rajendra comes to Ashok's home but Meena tells him that there is no Meena but only Mrs. Ashok and she tells him to forget her. Then she apologizes to Ashok and Ashok forgives her. The film ends with the massage "And they lived happily thereafter".

The movie examines the conflict of a married woman who is caught between her feelings for her lover and her duty to her husband and family. A bold theme for the times (1963), the same conflict is examined again in several south Indian films like Abhinandana (1988) and also the 2005 Akshay Kumar-starrer Bewafaa.



All lyrics are written by Sahir Ludhianvi; all music is composed by Ravi.

1."Aa Bhi Ja"Mahendra Kapoor 
2."Aa Ja Aa Ja Re"Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle 
3."Aap Aaye To"Mahendra Kapoor 
4."Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se"Mahendra Kapoor 
5."Ek Pardesi Door Se Aaya"Asha Bhosle 
6."Ek Thi Ladki Meri Saheli"Asha Bhosle 
7."Tujhko Mera Pyar Pukare"Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle 


Year Nominee / work Award Result
1963 B. R. Chopra Certificate of Merit for Third Best Hindi Feature Film[3] Won
Shashikala Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress[2] Won
Mahendra Kapoor Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer[2] Won
Pran Mehra Filmfare Award for Best Editing Won


  1. ^ Vijayakumar, B. (17 June 2012). "Vivahitha 1970". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Lokapally, Vijay (28 October 2011). "Gumrah (1963)". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  3. ^ "11th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 2 May 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2011.

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