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Directed byLekhraj Bhakri
Music by Salil Chowdhury
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Tonga-wali (transl.The Tonga Girl; also spelt as Tangawali and Tangewali) is a 1955 Indian Hindi-language drama film, directed by Lekhraj Bhakri and produced by Kuldip Pictures. The film stars Nirupa Roy, Balraj Sahni, Shammi Kapoor and Anita Guha. [1] It was later remade in Tamil as Alli Petra Pillai (1959). [2]




Tonga-wali was produced by Kuldip Pictures and directed by Lekhraj Bhakri. [3] Anita Guha made her acting debut with this film. [4]


The music was composed by Salil Chowdhury with lyrics by Bharat Vyas. [5]

1."Halke Halke Chalo Sanware" Hemant Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar 3:08
2."Rim Jhim Jhim Badarwa Barse"Lata Mangeshkar2:39
3."Dekho Tanga Mera Nirala" Mohammed Rafi 3:15
4."Dil Ke Sahare Jaan Se Pyare"Lata Mangeshkar3:16
5."Main Loot Gai Duniyawalo"Lata Mangeshkar3:11
6."Saiyan Beiman"Lata Mangeshkar3:15
7."Tere Nainon Ne Jadoo Dala"Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi2:42

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