Ujala (film)

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Directed byNaresh Saigal
Written byQamar Jalalabadi (screenplay)
Naresh Saigal (story)
Manohar Singh Sehrai (dialogues)
Produced byF.C. Mehra
Starring Shammi Kapoor
Mala Sinha
Raaj Kumar
Leela Chitnis
CinematographyShivram Malaya
Edited byPran Mehra
Music by Shankar Jaikishan
Release date
  • 1959 (1959)
Running time
109 minutes

Ujala (Light) is a Bollywood romantic crime film released in 1959, starring Shammi Kapoor, Mala Sinha, Raaj Kumar, Leela Chitnis and Tun Tun. Naresh Saigal was the story writer as well as the director of the movie. Ujala features one of the popular Bollywood songs "Jhoomta Masoom, Mast Mahina" played by Shammi Kapoor and Mala Sinha, sung by Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar. The film came with a message; "Honesty always triumphs". [1] (Wrong link)



Ramu (Shammi Kapoor), his family consisting of his mother (Leela Chitnis) and three siblings, and his sweetheart Chhabili (Mala Sinha) are poor, but they dream of a better life and keep trying to achieve it. In the process his childhood friend and villain in the movie Kalu (Raaj Kumar) creates obstacles for his ambitions.

Ramu is dragged into an evil world, where Kalu makes him realize that it is easy money to rob someone; honesty apparently has no value. Ramu gets pulled into this world when his sister meets with a car accident. He needs money for her treatment and she dies due to the lack of it. Ramu now joins Kalu and his gang. Kalu kills one of his gang members who betrays him. Kalu convinces Ramu that he may get blamed for the murder so Ramu goes into hiding. He works for a man making knives from where Kalu steals a silver knife, which belongs to a police officer. This implicates Ramu further where he's again on the run. After a final fight with Kalu, Ramu is able to prove his innocence.



Raaj Kumar was unhappy as none of the songs were picturized on him, rather picturized on Shammi Kapoor, who was a rising superstar of the late 50s. So Director, Naresh Saigal sorted out the situation by creating a Friendship song between the 2 male stars "Yaaron surat hamari pe mat jao" which was sung by Mukesh and Mohammed Rafi, the 2 famous lead playback singers of that time.


The film score is composed by the musical duo Shankar Jaikishan. The lyrics were written by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri.

1."Jhoomta Masoom, Mast Mahina" Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar  
2."Tera Jalwa Jisne Dekha"Lata Mangeshkar 
3."Duniya Walaon Se Door" Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar 
4."Ab Kahan Jaye Hum"Manna Dey 
5."O Mora Nadan Balma"Lata Mangeshkar 
6."Suraj Jara Aa Pass Aa"Manna Dey 
7."Yaaron surat hamari pe mat jao" Mukesh, Mohammed Rafi  
8."Chamm chamm lo chham chham" Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar  

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