A hit musical melodrama set in Darjeeling’s tea plantations and one of Sinha’s best-known films. Shankar (M. Kumar) falls in love with Shobhana (Sinha), the daughter of the plantation supervisor Shivnath (Krishna). However, Shankar is due to marry the vampish Rita (Shashikala). To make life simpler at the plantation, Shobhana uses a train accident to disappear and to start a new life as Kamala, a hospital nurse. Shankar marries the spendthrift Rita and when their son Ramesh falls ill the boy is nursed back to health by ‘Kamala’. Then Shankar himself falls ill and Shobhana’s second rescue act brings the couple together again. Hits include Ibtyade-ishq hum sari raat jaage and the title number Yeh hariyali aur yeh raasta, both sung by Lata Mangeshkar (the former being a duet with Mukesh).
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The film was shot extensively in Darjeeling, especially in Ging Tea Estate and Rangneet Tea Estate. Read More