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This article is written about the 1960 film; for the 1937 film or the 1944 film, see Parakh (1937 film) or Parakh (1944 film).

Parakh is a 1960 Hindi film, based on a story by famed music director Salil Chowdhury, that displays Bimal Roy's lighter side and is a satirical look at Indian democracy in its early years. Roy received the Filmfare Best Director Award for the film.[2] The ensemble cast was led by Sadhana and Bengali cinema actor Basanta Choudhury. The film has music by Salil Choudhury, featuring Lata Mangeshkar's hit "O Sajana Barkha Bahaar Aai".[3]

DVD Cover
Directed byBimal Roy
Produced byBimal Roy
Written bySalil Choudhury
Shailendra (dialogue)
Nazir Hussain
Durga Khote
Music bySalil Choudhury
CinematographyKamal Bose
Edited byAmit Bose
Release date
  • 5 August 1960 (1960-08-05)
Box office1,00,00,000[1]

The film became a "semi-hit" at the box office.[1]


The central character is the Post Master who is given a mysterious cheque for 500,000 to be given to anyone who will use it to benefit the people of the village. There is a postman who pretends to be lame and is secretly rich and may have sent the cheque. Then there is the postmaster's wife, who is sick and would rather use the money to cure her illness, and his beautiful daughter Seema (played by Sadhana), who has a crush on the village schoolmaster. Meanwhile, all the greedy and influential people of the village are busy trying to convince everybody why they are most deserving of the money; they include the village priest, the landlord, the money lender, the village doctor, and the schoolmaster, who is by far the most respected. They all decide democracy is the best means and decide to hold an election where the winner gets the money. The movie is a satirical look at democracy through various twists and turns in the plot, interwoven with a simple love story.



This film has a very popular song "O Sajana, Barkha Bahar Aai..." sung by Lata Mangeshkar, penned by Shailendra and composed by Salil Chowdhary who also happens to be story-writer of the film.

1."O Sajana, Barkha Bahar Aai"Lata Mangeshkar 
2."Mila Hai Kisi Ka Jhumka"Lata Mangeshkar 
3."Yeh Bansi Kyon Gaaye"Lata Mangeshkar 
4."Mere Maan Ke Diye"Lata Mangeshkar 
5."Kya Hawa Chali Babu Rut Badli"Manna Dey 

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Box office 1960". BoxOffice India. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Filmfare Awards - Nominees & Winners" (PDF). Retrieved 5 August 2008.
  3. ^ Sukanya Verma (25 September 2014). "Classic Revisited: Bimal Roy's satirical gem, Parakh". movies. Retrieved 26 September 2014.

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