Pardesi (1957 film)

Pardesi (transl. Foreigner) (Hindi: Pardesi; Russian: Хождение за три моря (Khozhdenie za tri morya), 'Journey Beyond Three Seas') is a 1957 film jointly directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and Vasili Pronin.[1][2] It was made in two versions, Hindi and Russian, and is based on the travelogues of Russian traveller Afanasy Nikitin, called A Journey Beyond the Three Seas, which is now considered a Russian literary monument.

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Indian poster
Directed byKhwaja Ahmad Abbas
Vasili Pronin
Written byKhwaja Ahmad Abbas
Mariya Smirnova
Produced byNaya Sansar
Mosfilm Studio
StarringOleg Strizhenov
Prithviraj Kapoor
Balraj Sahni
V. V. Nikolaev
E. N. Andrikanis
Music byAnil Biswas
Boris Chaikovsky
Release date
Running time
110 min.
Soviet Union

Made during the high time of Indo-Russian amity, Pardesi is an Indo-Soviet co-production between the state-owned "Mosfilm Studio" and Khwaja Ahmad Abbas's, "Naya Sansar International" production house.

The film has music by Anil Biswas, and it had some memorable hits such as Rasiya Re Man Basiya Re, by Meena Kapoor, Na Dir Dim, by Lata Mangeshkar and was danced to by Padmini.[3] The film was in SovColor, though no colour print of the Hindi version is known to survive in India. Only a black and white copy of the Hindi film survives.


The film tells the story of Afanasy Nikitin (Oleg Strizhenov), a 15th-century, Russian trader who travelled to India (1466–1472) and falls in love with an Indian girl, Champa (Nargis).



  1. "Rasiyaa Re Man Basiyaa Re" – Meena Kapoor
  2. "Na Dir Dhin Tana Dere Na, Na Ja Na Ja Balam" – Lata Mangeshkar
  3. "Phir Milenge Jane Wale Yar Dusvidaniya" – Manna Dey
  4. "So Ja Re Lalna So Ja Re Lalna" – Meena Kapoor
  5. "Rim Jhim Rim Jhim Barse Pani Re" – Meena Kapoor, Manna Dey
  6. "Jai Jai Ramkrishna Hari, Tujh Me Ram Mujh Me Ram" – Manna Dey
  7. "Arre Zara Suno Lagakar Dhyan" (2) – Manna Dey
  8. "Arre Zara Suno Lagakar Dhyan, Yaha Jan Me Log Mahan" – Manna Dey



  1. ^ Mahmood, Hameeduddin (1974). "Pardesi fourth Ind-Soviet co-production". The Kaleidoscope of Indian Cinema. Affiliated East-West Press. pp. 17, 84.
  2. ^ Thompson, Howard (11 April 1960). "Screen: Adventure Story:' Journey Beyond Three Seas' at the Cameo". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  3. ^ Na dir dim on YouTube
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Journey Beyond Three Seas". Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  5. ^ -Awards Internet Movie Database.

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