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Mehrban (lit. The Merciful) is a 1967 Indian Hindi-language film written and directed by A. Bhimsingh, and produced by A. V. Meiyappan. It is a remake of Bhimsingh's own Tamil film Padikkadha Medhai (1960) which itself was a remake of the Bengali film Jog Biyog. The film stars Ashok Kumar, Mehmood, Nutan, Sunil Dutt, Jayanti, Padma, Shashikala, Shyama and Sulochana.[1][2]

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Directed byA. Bhimsingh
Produced byA. V. Meiyappan
Screenplay byA. Bhimsingh
StarringAshok Kumar
Sunil Dutt
Music byRavi
CinematographyA. Vincent
Edited byA. Paul Duraisingam
Distributed byVidyut
Release date
  • 21 April 1967 (1967-04-21)
Running time
164 minutes[1]


Shanti Swarup, a wealthy businessman, lives with his three sons Ram, Shyam, and Sunder; his wife Parvati; widowed daughter Devki; unmarried daughter Geeta; and adopted orphan Kanhaiya. Kanhaiya is raised as Shanti Swarup's family member and he in return is very dedicated to this family, especially his adopters – Shanti and Parvati. They come across Laxmi whose parents, known to the Swarups, died and so they also bring Laxmi into their family. Parvati wants Sunder to marry Laxmi, but Sunder wants to marry his lover Rachna. Through a dramatic twist of events, Kanhaiya marries Laxmi and Sundar marries Rachna. Shanti arranges for Geeta to marry Ramesh, the son of his friend Lala Karamchand. Financial losses cause Shanti to lose all his wealth. Ram and Shyam refuse to help him at all, and Karamchand cancels the impending marriage. Disheartened, depressed and unable to face anyone, Shanti dies. Even as his palatial house is to be auctioned by Karamchand, who is voracious, a devastated Parvati is on her deathbed as she cannot think of living anywhere else, and only a miracle can save the now ruined family.


  • Ashok Kumar as Shanti Swarup
  • Mehmood as Madhu
  • Nutan as Laxmi
  • Sunil Dutt as Kanhaiya
  • Jayanti as Sarita
  • Padma as Rachna
  • Shashikala as Devki
  • Shyama as Mangla
  • Sulochana as Parvati


Mehrban was written and directed by A. Bhimsingh and produced by A. V. Meiyappan under AVM Productions.[1] It was remade from Bhimsingh's own Tamil film Padikkadha Medhai (1960),[3] which itself was a remake of the Bengali film Jog Biyog.[4] The dialogues were written by Rajendra Krishan. A. K. Sekhar was the art director, A. Paul Duraisingam was the editor, and A. Vincent was cinematographer.[1]


The soundtrack was composed by Ravi and the lyrics by Rajinder Krishan.[5]

1."Aye Mere Dost"Mohammed Rafi5:56
2."Saari Duniyamen"Lata Mangeshkar3:26
3."Aayega Aayega"Mohammed Rafi3:56
4."Title Music" (Instrumental) —2:14
5."Ek Raja Ki"Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi6:27
6."Mera Gadha"Mohammed Rafi4:25
7."Sawan Ki Raat"Asha Bhosle3:27
8."Theme Music" (Instrumental) — 


Mehrban was released on 21 April 1967,[3][6] and was distributed by Vidyut.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Elley 1977, p. 270.
  2. ^ "Mehrban 1967". Osianama. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b Saravanan 2013, p. 193.
  4. ^ Vamanan (23 April 2018). "Tamil cinema's Bong connection". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  5. ^ Ravi (1967). Mehrban (liner notes) (in Hindi). Angel Records.
  6. ^ "Movies from AVM Productions". AVM Productions. Archived from the original on 7 June 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2018.


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