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Prem Nagar (transl. City of Love) is a 1974 Hindi-language romantic drama film, produced by D. Ramanaidu, directed by K. S. Prakash Rao, and starring Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Aruna Irani, Ashok Kumar, Kamini Kaushal, Prem Chopra, Asrani and Jagdeep. Actor David was in negative role in the film plotting how to fool the prince Karan by robbing off his wealth and transfer to his brother. The music is by Sachin Dev Burman. Box Office India declared the film a Super hit.[1] Box Office Standing #4[2][circular reference]

Prem Nagar
Prem Nagar 1974 Film Poster.JPG
Film poster
Directed byK.S. Prakash Rao
Produced byD. Rama Naidu
Written byInder Raj Anand
Koduri Kausalya Devi
K.S. Prakash Rao
Raj Baldev Raj
StarringRajesh Khanna
Hema Malini
Prem Chopra
Asrani
Nazir Hussain
Prithviraj Babloo
Sulochana Latkar
Ramesh Deo
Music bySachin Dev Burman
CinematographyA. Vincent
Edited byK.A. Marthand
J. Narasimha Rao
Production
company
Distributed byVijay and Suresh Combines
Video Sound
Release date
  • 24 May 1974 (1974-05-24)
Running time
158 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

The film is a remake of the Telugu film Prema Nagar released in 1971.

PlotEdit

Karan Singh lives a wealthy lifestyle in a palace along with his widowed mother, an elder brother, Shamsher, his wife and daughter. His mother, Rani Maa, spending most of her time playing cards, left his upbringing to his nanny. As a result, Karan ended up believing her to be his real mother. Now grown up and turned into a womanizer and an alcoholic, he comes to the rescue of a former air hostess, Lata, who is being molested by her boss. Subsequently he hires her as his secretary and allows her family to move into one of his cottages. Progressively, Lata attempts to change his bad habits. She initially meets with opposition, but eventually succeeds and they fall in love. Karan even builds a palace and names it "Prem Nagar" ("city of love"). However, one day their romance is shattered when Lata is accused of interfering in palace affairs and stealing a valuable necklace. Consequently, a much humiliated Lata and her family move out.

Later on, Karan finds out the truth about Lata's innocence but it is already too late, and Lata will never return to him due to his initial distrust. Consequently, Karan's health worsens as he struggles with his addiction.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Yeh Thandi Hawayen" Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle
2 "Kiska Mahal Hai Kiska Yeh Ghar Hai" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
3 "Yeh Lal Rang Kab Mujhe Chhodega" Kishore Kumar
4 "Yeh Kaisa Sur Mandir" Lata Mangeshkar
5 "Jaa Jaa Jaa" Kishore Kumar
6 "Ek Maumma Hai" Kishore Kumar, Rajesh Khanna
7 "Bye Bye Miss Good Night" Kishore Kumar
8 "Pyase Do Badan Pyasi Raat Mein" Asha Bhosle

Awards and nominationsEdit

ReceptionEdit

The Hindu newspaper in its review of the film in 2015 quoted "Khanna is a perfect choice for the role, the drunkard scion of a royal family, blessed with a heart of gold.Technically the film scores highly on all spheres.Editing by K.A. Marthand and J. Narasimha Rao is slick and keeps the story moving at a steady pace, with no room for slackness."[4]The Hansindia site noted that Khanna had never shied away from portraying roles that were slightly off the regular path and ‘Prem Nagar’ featured him as a decadent prince, Karan, who happily idles away his life as playboy. During the premier of the film, after watching the film Raj Kapoor kissed Khanna’s hands and complimented him for the way he used them like swords in the climax. ‘Prem Nagar’ was considered special by Khanna himself, as it featured his favourite song, “Yeh laal rang” sung by his ‘voice’ Kishore Kumar.[5]

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