Shikast (lit.'Defeat') is a 1953 Hindi drama film produced and directed by Ramesh Saigal. The film stars Dilip Kumar, Nalini Jaywant, Durga Khote, Om Prakash and K. N. Singh. The film's music is by Shankar-Jaikishan. Wajahat Mirza wrote the story and dialogues for this film. The movie is loosely based on the Bengali movie Palli Samaj.

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Directed byRamesh Saigal
Written byWajahat Mirza
Story byWajahat Mirza
Produced byRamesh Saigal
CinematographyK. H. Kapadia
Edited byPratap Dave
Music byShankar–Jaikishan
Ramesh Saigal Productions
Distributed byRamesh Saigal Productions
Release date
18 September 1953


After a seven year absence, Dr. Ram Singh returns to his village intending to sell his land and go back to the city. He finds that the peasants are being mistreated by the local landlord and the landlord's sister, Sushma. The doctor and Sushma were once in love, but in his absence she has become an embittered widow. Unwilling to see the peasants suffer further, Ram decides not to sell and opens a school and a hospital instead. When the plague breaks out, the doctor saves Sushma's son and the flames of love are rekindled. However, social mores prevent any opening of hearts and (unable to express her feelings in any other way) Sushma resorts to further acts of cruelty in order to prevent Ram from leaving. Meanwhile, her brother stirs up hostility against the pair by spreading malicious rumours which excite the superstitious villagers, leading to a trial and a watery climax.



Lyrics written by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri.

Song Singer
"Hum To Hain Khel Khilone" Hemant Kumar
"Kare Badra Tu Na Ja" Lata Mangeshkar
"Badle Rang Jahan Ke" Lata Mangeshkar
"Raat Jaagke Nikaloon" Lata Mangeshkar
"Nayi Zindagi Se Pyar Karke Dekh (Solo)" Lata Mangeshkar
"Nayi Zindagi Se Pyar Karke Dekh" (Duet) Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi
"Jab Jab Phool Khile, Tujhe Yaad Kiya Humne" Lata Mangeshkar, Talat Mahmood
"Sapnon Ki Suhani Duniya" Talat Mahmood
"Toofan Mein Ghiri Hain" Talat Mahmood
"Chamke Bijuria" Asha Bhosle


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