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Gauna (1950) – Review

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This is Seth Jagat Narain’s one more venture into the field of productions. Seth Jagat Narain is today the leading distributor for North India and a financial magnate from whom we expected a better picture than Gauna. Not that there is anything bad about Gauna but at the same there is nothing very good about it either. With the financial backing of a man like Seth Jagat Narain and the experience of a director like Amiya Chakrabarty one would have expected an outstanding picture and not just an ordinary one like Gauna.

Gauna is a ceremony when the bridegroom goes to bring his wife home. It is on the age old custom that Amiya Chakrabarty has spun an interesting yarn. I call the story of Gauna a yarn because that is what it appears to be as Shanti by mistake follows a different man home thinking him to be her husband. She has never seen her husband and because of the long bridal veil she can only see the feet of her husband. The man she follows wore the same type of chappals as her husband and hence the mistake. It is a yarn but a novel one nevertheless. The remaining portion of the story is interesting throughout but because the basic foundation of the story seems a little far fetched the interest is marred in the long run.

Amiya Chakrabarty has done a good job of it, however, though from a man of his past experience one is led to expect greater things. I congratulate Amiya Chakrabarty for introducing three new faces in Gauna. We need new faces badly and Usha Kiran as Shyama, Anoop Kumar as Suraj and Purnima as Shanti have a future before them judging from their work in this picture. All three of them have youthful looks and talent for acting.

Photography was chalky throughout and at no stage artistic. Recording was indifferent and as for the music by Messrs Husnlal and Bhagatram I am tired of repeating the same thing about them that if they cannot give new tunes to songs why the hell don’t they stop working as Music Directors, and refrain from duping producers.

Year – 1950

Language – Hindi

Country – India

Producer – Jagat Picstures

Director – Amiya Chakraborty

Music Director – Husnlal Bhagatram

Box-Office Status

Cast – Usha Kiran, Anoop Kumar, Purnima, S. Nazir, Kesari, Shailendra, Indumati, Wasti

Miscellaneous Information – Not Available.

Songs List

SongYearSingersMusic DirectorLyricist(s)
Aaj Kisi Se Ho Gayi Aankhen-2 Char1950NarayanHusanlal BhagatramQamar Jalalabadi
Agar dil kisi pe lutaya na hota to1950Lata MangeshkarHusnlal Bhagatram
Haseen chehra pe ye zulfen girana1950Shamshad BegumHusnlal Bhagatram
Hasin Chehre Pe Ye Zulphen Girana1950Shamshad-chorusHusanlal BhagatramQamar Jalalabadi
Hum Jaisa Kaun Hoga Zamane Mein1950LataHusanlal BhagatramQamar Jalalabadi
Mere dil ko jalaya na1950Shamshad Begum, Mohd RafiHusnlal Bhagatram
Mere Dil Ko Jalaya Na Karo-2 Mere Sang Bolte Nahi1950Shamshad-RafiHusanlal BhagatramQamar Jalalabadi
Mujhse keh rahi1950Shamshad Begum, Mohd Rafi, Geeta DuttHusnlal Bhagatram
Mujhse Ye Keh Rahi Hain-2 Tasveer Ki Lakeeren1950Shamshad-Geeta Roy-RafiHusanlal BhagatramQamar Jalalabadi
Toote Hue Dil Se Mere1950RafiHusanlal BhagatramQamar Jalalabadi
Ye Teri Kahani Hai-2 Aur Meri Zabani1950Geeta RoyHusanlal BhagatramQamar Jalalabadi
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