Jagte Raho (1956)

Jagte Raho (1956)

Cast: Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Motilal

Director: Sombhu Mitra/Amit Moitra

Music: Salil Chowdhury

Lyrics: Shailendra, Prem Dhawan

Capsule Review: Moving away from the operatic opulence of his style Raj Kapoor hired two avant-garde Bengali filmmakers to direct a story about one thirsty man’s experiences in Kolkata during the course of one night. Jagte Raho is largely arresting for the utterly innovative theme and tone of narration. Raj Kapoor’s encounters with various quirky, capricious and cruel characters add up to a comic and often-dark moral fable. Shot in exquisitely expressive black-and-white, the film climaxes with the celebrated sequence where Nargis, singing Jago mohan pyare in Lata Mangeshkar’s divine voice, finally gives the tortured thirsty man his drink of water. The symbolical sequence stands out in the melee of jostling, bustling scenes that occupy the plot.