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Boot Polish (बूट पॅलीश) 1954

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BannerRK Films
DirectorPrakash Arora
WriterBhanu Pratap
ProducerRaj Kapoor
Orginal musicShankar Jaikishan
CinematographyTara Dutt
Film EditingG. G. Mayekar
Art DirectorM.R.Anchrekar
Camera Operator
Assistant Cameramen
Playback SingersAsha Bhosle, Manna Dey, Mohammad Rafi, Madhubala Jhaveri, Talat Mehmood
CharacterActor / Actress
Belu (as Baby Naaz)Kumari Naaz
BholaRattan Kumar
John (as David)David Abraham
Kamla Devi (as Chand Burque)Chand Burke
Master NisarNissar
Pedro (as Budho Advani)Bhudo Advani
Himself - ritual performed in the beginning of the movie (uncredited)Prithviraj Kapoor
Man asleep on train (uncredited)Raj Kapoor
Bhupendra Kapoor
Prabhu Arora
Belu (Baby Naaz) and Bhola (Ratan Kumar) are left to the care of their wicked aunt Kamla (Chand Burque) when their mother dies. She forces them to beg in the streets and grabs all the money they get.A bootlegger John Chacha (David) teaches them to lead a life of self-respect and work for a living instead of begging. They scrimp and save to buy a shoe-polish kit and start shining shoes. Kamla finds out about what they have been doing behind her back, beats them and throws them out of the house.Meanwhile John Chacha is arrested and the kids are left to fend for themselves. When it rains and people don't get their shoes polished any more, the children are in danger of starving. But Bhola believes that he will never beg anymore but on one rainy night, a man tosses him a coin and he rejects it, but Belu takes it as she is very hungry.Bhola slaps Belu for that and she drops the coin. Lastly, the police comes and is taking children with them. Belu rushes in an unknown train, but Bhola is arrested. In the train, Belu is adopted by a rich family and she mopes for her brother.Bhola after getting out tries to search for Belu but to no avail. Through a turn of events, he ends up in an orphanage which he doesn't like and runs away. Unable to find any work and extremely hungry, Bhola starts begging again. Bhola incidentally runs into Bhelu when he is begging at railway station where Bhelu along with her new family has come to onboard train for a vacation. Humiliated, Bhola runs away while his sister runs for him. John Chacha has also come to the station to say final good bye and he sees Bhelu following Bhola and he also runs after Bhola. But he falls whlie chasing Bhola and starts bleeding. Bhola stops running and Bhelu and Bhola are again united. And then the rich family adopt both of the siblings and live happily ever after.
Moral: Begging gives the beggar little, and takes more from him. (This means that a beggar loses all his/her selfrespect by begging).
Release Date1-Jan-54
1955 Cannes Film Festival: Special Mention to a child actress - Naaz, Prakash Arora was nominated for the Palme d'Or. Filmfare Awards: Best Cinematographer - Tara Dutt, Best Supporting Actor - David, Best Film - Raj Kapoor


Lyrics: Shailendra | Music: Shankar Jaikishan

1. Chali Kaun Se Des Gujariy | चली कौन से देस गुज़ारिय     
Voice: Asha Bhosle, Talat Mehmood.

2. Lapak Jhapak Tu Aa Re Badarwa | लपक झपक तू आ रे बदरवा     
Voice: Manna Dey.

3. Nanhe Munne Bachche Teri | नन्हे मुन्ने बच्चे तेरी     
Voice: Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi.

4. Raat Gayi Phir Din Aata Hai | रात गयी फिर दिन आता है     
Voice: Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey.

5. Saari Duniya Hai Mujhpe | सारी दुनिया है मुझपे     
Voice: Asha Bhosle.

6. Thehr Zara O Janewale | ठहर ज़रा ओ जानेवाले     
Voice: Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey, Madhubala Jhaveri.

7. Tu Badhta Chal | तू बढ़ता चल     
Voice: Manna Dey.

8. Tumhare Hain Tumse | तुम्हारे हैं तुमसे     
Voice: Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi.

9. Jaan Chacha | जान चाचा     
Voice: Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey

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