Jagte Raho (1956)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 24 mins

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In hopes of improving his lifestyle, a poor peasant re-locates to Bombay virtually penniless. It is late at night and he is thirsty, and he is unable to find water anywhere. A singing drunk offers him money to buy some alcohol, but the money is snatched away by a taxi-driver. In desperation, the peasant attempts to drink from a fire hydrant, but is stopped by a Police Constable. Then he sneaks into a multi-storied apartment complex, and is mistaken for a thief. The entire building, which consists of over 200 units, housing nearly a 1000 people, set out to hunt him down. He first stumbles into the house of Kailash - who makes illicit alcohol, while his daughter is secretly romancing another tenant, Pradeep; the peasant then runs into another apartment - just in time to see the husband attempting to steal his wife, Meenu's valuables, so that he can get enough money to gamble on a race-horse; he hides in a drum and makes his way around the huge building and ends up as a corpse at the apartment of Ramnarayan Malik, who prints counterfeit rupee notes. Watch what happens when he earns the wrath of Ramnarayan and his men, ends up on a drain pipe several stories high - with scores of residents hurling stones at him - and Ramnarayan's men waiting on the terrace with weapons to kill him.

Cast: Raj Kapoor

Crew: Amit Mitra (Director), Sombhu Mitra (Director), Radhu Karmakar (Director of Photography), Salil Choudhury (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1956 (India)

Hindi Name: जागते रहो

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Did you know? Nargis' cameo in the final scene was her last appearance in Raj Kapoor films. Read More
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as Peasant
as Daughter of tenant
as Chandu
Supporting Actor
as Chinnu
as Baral Babu
as Doctor
as Temple singer
as Shashan
as Reporter
as Kailash
Supporting Actor
as Sati
as Singing drunk's wife
as Sati's Mother
Supporting Actor


Assistant Director


Production Company


Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Sound Re-recording Mixer
Assistant Sound Re-recording Mixer


Art Director


Assistant Editor

Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Film Type:
Colour Info:
Black & White
Sound Mix:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
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The film was produced in Bengali as Ek Din Raatre.

Nargis' cameo in the final scene was her last appearance in Raj Kapoor films.

The film won the Crystal Globe Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czechoslovakia in 1957.