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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Manoj Kumar was excellent in the film Hariyali Aur Raasta.
Mala Sinha, Manoj Kumar, Hariyali Aur Raasta
Actor Manoj Kumar and Mala Sinha were excellent in the film Hariyali Aur Raasta. The film was released in 1962. It was directed by Vijay Bhatt and Produced by Shankarbhai Bhatt. The film ended up being the 4th biggest hit film in the year 1962.
In the film Manmohan Krishan was given the charge of maintaining the estate of his friend who died. He brought up his daughter Mala Sinha and his friend’s son Manoj Kumar. In the childhood itself the marriage of Manoj Kumar was fixed with Sashikala, the friend of Manoj Kumar’s father.
When both Manoj Kumar and Mala Sinha grew they fell in love with each other. But due to the word given by Manmohan Krishan he got Manoj Kumar married to Shashikala. Their marriage failed. Shashikala was an upstart woman who was involved with only clubs, societies and never cared for her child. At the end of the film when the child ran towards a cliff, Shashikala fell down from a hill and died. Manoj Kumar accepted Mala Sinha as wife at the end of the film.
Apart from powerful performances from the character artists like Manmohan Krishan, Om Prakash the greatest asset of the film was the excellent music composed by Shankar Jaikishan. All the songs in the film became smash hits like “ibteda-e-ishq me hum”, “ye hariyali aur ye raasta”, “laakh tare aasman me” sung by Mukesh aur Lata, “kho gaya hai mera pyar” sung by Mahendra Kapoor, to name a few. Half of the business of the films in the 60s was done due to the brilliance of Shankar Jaikishan who had always been unsung and unwept. They really did magic in the 50s and 60s.
The film should be preserved for the good story, powerful acting and excellent and immortal music.