Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai

Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (transl. The country in which the Ganges flows) is a 1960[1][circular reference] Indian film directed by Radhu Karmakar and produced by Raj Kapoor. The film stars Padmini, Raj Kapoor and Pran in lead roles. This was the first directorial venture of Karmakar, who had previously been cinematographer for many of Kapoor's films. The film was the last B&W movie of Raj Kapoor. It was declared a "hit" at Box Office India.[2]

Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai
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Film poster
Directed byRadhu Karmakar
Written byArjun Dev Rashk
Produced byRaj Kapoor
Raj Kapoor
CinematographyTara Dutt
Edited byG. G. Mayekar
Music byShankar Jaikishan
Shailendra (lyrics)
Hasrat Jaipuri(lyrics)
Release date
1960[1][circular reference]
Running time
167 min
Box office₹2 crore[2]

The team of Shankar Jaikishan composed the songs, lyrics by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri, including "O Basanti Pawan Pagal", "Aa Ab Laut Chalen", and "Hothon Pe Sacchai Rehti Hai".

The outdoor shooting with the marble rock background is done in Bhedaghat in Madhya Pradesh.


Raju (Raj Kapoor) is a poor, friendly orphan who wins his bread by singing songs. One day, he sees an injured man and helps him. Later, he is kidnapped by a few bandits who mistake him to be an undercover policeman. It then turns out that the injured man he helped is the leader (Sardar) of this gang. The Sardar takes good care of Raju and treats him with honour. Sardar's daughter Kammo (Padmini) falls in love with Raju. Kammo and Sardar convince Raju that they are good bandits who are making sure that wealth is equally distributed amongst people.

On one of the lootings, Raju witnesses the murder of a newlywed couple. He decides to go to the police and leaves the gang. One of the bandits, Raka (Pran), kills the Sardar and takes over; he wishes to forcibly wed Kammo. When Raju tells all the truth to the police, they decide to confront and kill the bandits. Raj begs the police to not kill them but is shunned. Raju is then posed in a dilemma of what to do and finds himself helpless when he sees police stooping just as low to stop crime.

This movie was inspired by initiatives of Vinoba Bhave And Jai Prakash Narayan, on their call, hundreds of dacoits surrendered to police and mainstreamed to the society at large.



Composed by Shankar Jaikishan, lyrics by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri.

1."Mera Naam Raju"Mukesh03:10
2."Kya Hua, Yeh Mujhe Kya Hua"Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle 
3."Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai"Mukesh04:13
4."Ho Maine Pyar Kiya"Lata Mangeshkar 
5."Hum Bhi Hain, Tum Bhi Ho"Lata Mangeshkar, Geeta Dutt, Mukesh, Manna Dey07:35
6."Begaane Shaadi Mein Abdullah Diwana"Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh03:29
7."O Basanti, Pawan Pagal"Lata Mangeshkar03:52
8."Pyar Kar Le"Mukesh 
9."Aa Ab Laut Chalen"Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh04:15


The film won many prestigious awards at National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards. The film stood out at the 9th Filmfare Awards function by winning the most (four) awards in various categories from eight nominations.

9th Filmfare Awards:



National Film Awards:

Further readingEdit

  • Rajni Bakshi, "Raj Kapoor", in Ashis Nandy, ed., The Secret Politics of Our Desires: Innocence, Culpability and Indian Popular Cinema (Delhi: Palgrave Macmillan, 1998), 92-117. ISBN 1856495167


  1. ^ a b List of Bollywood films of 1960
  2. ^ a b "Box office 1960". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  3. ^ "8th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 23 November 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2011.

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