Purab Aur Paschim

Purab Aur Pachhim (transl.East and West) is a 1970 Indian Hindi-language drama film. The movie was produced and directed by Manoj Kumar, and it stars Manoj Kumar, Saira Banu, Ashok Kumar, Pran and Prem Chopra in the lead roles. The music is by Kalyanji Anandji. The 2007 film Namastey London is inspired from this film. This was the second film by Manoj Kumar where he stars as Bharat (first being Upkar) and one of his four films on patriotism (Shaheed was his first, to be followed by Roti Kapda Aur Makaan and Kranti.)

Purab Aur Pachhim
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Directed byManoj Kumar
Written byShashi Goswami
Manoj Kumar
Produced byManoj Kumar
StarringAshok Kumar
Saira Banu
Manoj Kumar
Nirupa Roy
Prem Chopra
Vinod Khanna
CinematographyV.N. Reddy
Edited byB.S. Glaad
Music byKalyanji-Anandji
Vishal International Productions
Distributed byUltra Distributors
Release date


In 1942 British India, Harnam (Pran) betrays a freedom fighter, and as a result is rewarded, but the freedom fighter is killed, leaving his wife, Ganga (Kamini Kaushal) and family devastated and destitute. Years later, after the Indian Independence in 1947, the freedom fighter's son, Bharat (Manoj Kumar), has grown up and goes to London for higher studies. On his arrival in Britain, He meets his father's college friend, Sharma (Madan Puri) with his westernized wife, Rita (Shammi) and daughter, Preeti (Saira Banu) and the hippie son, Shankar (Rajendra Nath). Preeti has long blonde hair, wears mini-dresses, smokes and drinks and has no idea of Indian values till she meets Bharat. He is, of course, shocked to see that many Indians in London are ashamed of their roots and even changed their names to sound Western. Or others who long for their country, but stay in the UK for economic reasons, like Sharma with his stack of KL Saigal records. He takes it upon himself to try and change their way of thinking, while both Bharat and Preeti fall in love with each other. Later on, with his mother's and Guruji (Ashok Kumar)'s approval, he promised to marry Preeti.

Preeti is impressed by Bharat's idealism and wants to marry him, but doesn't want to live in India. Bharat wants her to come to India and see what it's like before she rejects it. The purity of India redeems her and she gives up smoking, drinking and minis to adopt the traditional lifestyle.




Purab aur Pachhim received generally positive reviews. Deepa Gahlot of Bollywood Hungama wrote: "By linking the story to the freedom struggle, Manoj Kumar was saying that freeing India from British rule is not enough if Indians do not feel proud of their Indianness. Manoj Kumar shot in London at the height of the "hippie" phase and caught both the beauty and ugliness of the English landscape. However, his simplistic view of the West was greed, lust and depravity, while India stood for love, honour and piety. Amazingly, the idea has endured, and in even in Aditya Chopra's cult hit Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Indian boy (Shah Rukh Khan) does not touch the Indian girl (Kajol), though he claims a chain of foreign girlfriends, and neither does he want to marry her without her father's consent. Then as now, Indian culture is represented with a lot of colour, rituals, song and dance. In Namastey London (2007), Akshay Kumar sells the same version of India to the London girl (Katrina Kaif) -- and a line in the film pays tribute to the original, when he tells her that if her boyfriend's uncle and their associates want to learn more about India, he'd give her a DVD of Purab Aur Pachhim which she should give to them."[1]


The music of the film was composed by Kalyanji–Anandji and lyrics by Indivar, Prem Dhawan and Santosh Anand.

Song Singer(s) Notes Lyricist(s)
"Dulhan Chali" Mahendra Kapoor Indeevar
"Koi Jab Tumhara Hriday Tod De" Mukesh Indeevar
Om Jai Jagdish Hare Mahendra Kapoor, Brij Bushan, Shyama Chittar Aarti. Shardha Ram Phillauri
"Purva Suhani Aayi Re" Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor, Manhar Udhas Santosh Anand
"Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram" Mahendra Kapoor, Manhar Udhas Traditional (Tulsidas)
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor Picturized on Saira Banu and Manoj Kumar in a giant puppet show. Prem Dhawan
"Bharat Ka Rehnewaala" Mahendra Kapoor In party where India is insulted and Madan Puri asks Manoj Kumar to sing something about India Indeevar


  1. ^ "Review of Purab aur Pachhim from Bollywood Hungama.com". bollywoodhungama.com. Retrieved 21 March 2007.

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