Khandaan (transl. Family), also spelled as Khan Daan, is a 1942 muslim social Bollywood film directed by Shaukat Hussain Rizvi (in his directorial debut) and produced by D.M. Pancholi,[1][2] starring Pran, Noor Jehan, Ghulam Mohammed and M. Ajmal.[3]

Film poster
Directed byShaukat Hussain Rizvi
Written byImtiaz Ali Taj
Story byImtiaz Ali Taj
Produced byPancholi Pictures
Edited byM.A.Latif
Music byGhulam Haider
P.H.P Lahore
Release date
  • 25 April 1942 (1942-04-25)
Running time
2 hours 54 minutes

It was written by author Imtiaz Ali Taj and made in Pancholi's Lahore studio. For the first time in British India, there was a lot of "ahead of film release" publicity for this film. As a result, this became a much-awaited film for the Indian public and became a hit film when released.[4] Noor Jehan achieved an overnight stardom following the success of the film.[5] The film also established the career of director Rizvi and music composer Haider.[6] Khandaan is among the a few surviving films that hailed to the genre of muslim social and was produced in Lahore, British India.[7]



A very preachy movie about the 'dangers' of rich men getting ensnared by women of "loose" morals. A rich man is seduced by a gold-digging woman. When she later betrays him, the man kills her along with her new lover. He is arrested and sent to jail for a long time. When he is released, he finds employment as a gardener and becomes a father-figure to his employer's son Anwar and to Anwar's fiancée Zeenat. When he sees the young Anwar falling into the same kind of trap he had all those years ago he does his best to prevent the tragedy of his own life from being repeated in Anwar's.


  • Noor Jehan as Zeenat[3]
  • Manorama as Nargis[3]
  • Moolchand as riding bicycles behind Noor Jehen's car
  • Ghulam Mohammed as Amjad
  • Pran Krisnan as Anwar
  • M. Ajmal as Iqbal[3]
  • Ibrahim (Heengwala) as Akbar
  • Durga Mota as Augustus
  • Baby Akhtar as Najma[3]
  • Nafees Begum as Mother
  • G. N. Butt as Ramsaran
  • M. Channi as Nisar



The music was composed by Ghulam Haider[2] and the lyrics by M. D. Taseer, Nazim Panipati and D. N. Madhok. The playback singers include Noor Jehan, Shamshad Begum, Ghulam Haider and Nasim Akhtar. This film was a landmark movie for Ghulam Haider and Noor Jehan as well as the film director Shaukat Hussain Rizvi. All 3 ended up becoming well-sought-after persons, when this film became a mega-hit musical movie.[2][8]

1. "Mere Liye Jahan Mein Chaen Hai Naa Qaraar Hai" - Noor Jehan[3]

2. "Tu Kaunsi Badli Mein Mere Chand Hai Aaja" - Noor Jehan

3. "Khelenge Hum Aankh Macholi" - Noor Jehan

4. "Mere Baagh Ka Mali Phir Aagaya" - Shamshad Begum

5. "Maar Gayi Re Hamein Teri Nazaria" - Noor Jehan

6. "Udja Udja Panchhi Udja" - Noor Jehan & Ghulam Haider[3]

7. "Chalo Paniya Bharan Ko Chalein" – Shamshad Begum & Nasim Akhtar[3]

8. "Mere Mann Ka Panchhi Kyun Bole" – Noor Jehan

9. "Meri Ammi Ka Raj Bhala" - Shamshad Begum


  1. ^ Karan Bali (1 November 2019). "Film review of Khandaan (1942 film)". website. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Karan Bali (31 March 2014). "Ghulam Haider (a profile)". website. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Film review of Khandaan (1942 film) on website Retrieved 7 November 2020
  4. ^ "Top earners of 1942". BoxOffice India website. 16 January 2012. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  5. ^ Mihir Bose (9 May 2008). Bollywood: A History. p. 239. ISBN 9789351940456.
  6. ^ Perspective. Vol. 4. Pakistan Publications. 1971. p. 36.
  7. ^ Salma Siddique (16 February 2023). Evacuee Cinema: Bombay and Lahore in Partition Transit, 1940–1960. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1009151207.
  8. ^ Khandaan (1942 film) on website Retrieved 7 November 2020