Nishi Padma is a 1970 Bengali drama film written and directed by Arabinda Mukhopadhyay, based on a short story Hinger Kochuri by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, and starring Uttam Kumar and Sabitri Chatterjee as leads. The film had music by Nachiketa Ghosh, and went on to win two awards at the 1970 National Film Awards: Manna Dey won Best Male Playback Singer for "Ja Khushi Ora Bole", while Sandhya Mukherjee won the Best Female Playback Singer for "Ore Sakol Sona Molin Holo".

Nishi Padma
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Directed byArabinda Mukhopadhyay
Written byBibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay
Screenplay byArabinda Mukhopadhyay
Story byBibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay
Based onHinger Kochuri
by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay
Produced byShantimoy Bandyopadhyay
StarringUttam Kumar
Sabitri Chatterjee
CinematographySailaja Chattopadhyay
Edited byAmiyo Mukhopadhyay
Music byNachiketa Ghosh
Chirantan Chitra
Release date
  • 23 October 1970 (1970-10-23) (India)

The film was remade into a Hindi film, Amar Prem (1972)[1] directed by Shakti Samanta, with screenplay by Arabinda Mukhopadhyay, and starring Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna as leads.[2]


Pushpa's (Sabitri Chatterjee) uncle forcefully sells her to a brothel in Calcutta. On her first night there, an unhappy married man named Ananda (Uttam Kumar) falls in love with her over her singing abilities and decides to visit her regularly.



Soundtrack album by
StudioChirantan Chitra
LabelSa Re Ga Ma Pa
ProducerShantimoy Bandyopadhyay
Nachiketa Ghosh chronology
'Bilambita Loy'

All lyrics are written by Gouri Prasanna Majumdar; all music is composed by Nachiketa Ghosh.

1."Ja Khushi Ora Bole"Manna Dey03:07
2."Ore Sakol Sona Molin Holo"Sandhya Mukherjee03:27
3."Na Na Aj Rate Ar Jatra Sunte"Manna Dey03:29
4."Rajar Pakhi Uira Gela"Shyamal Mitra03:12
Total length:13:15



The film become all time blockbuster and ran for 126 days in theaters. Uttam Kumar give another fabulous performance. Even Rajesh Khanna became impressed and inspired on Uttam's performance. He wrote that he watched the film 24 times to copy him.[5][6]


Shakti Samanta remade the film in Hindi in 1972 as Amar Prem, starring his regular stars Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. That film also become successful and earned cult status.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Remakes of Bengali films: What's new in this trend? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  2. ^ "It's All About Love". Indian Express. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  3. ^ "18th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012.
  4. ^ "18th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals.
  5. ^ "Rajesh Khanna Watched Nishi Padma 24 Times To Play His Role in Amar Prem". News18. 28 January 2022. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Rajesh Khanna admired Uttam Kumar's acting - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 June 2022.

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