Kunwara Baap (1974)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 23 mins

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This evocative social drama traces the struggles and successes in the life of Mahesh, an orphan with no knowledge of his parentage. He drives a bicycle rickshaw for a living in and lives in an unhealthy shanty hut. He is friendly with Sheela, who works as a maidservant, hopes to marry her someday, much to the chagrin of Kalu Dada, who lusts after Sheela. One night while returning home, he comes across an abandoned male baby near a temple. He looks for the family of this child, asks for help from the temple priest, as well as a Mullah and a Hawaldar, all in vain. When he tries to abandon the child, he is literally forced to adopt him, and when he does so, he faces considerable opposition from his neighbors, and ends up hating the child. He neglects the child, and as a result the child gets inflicted with polio. Mahesh has a change of heart, decides to look after the child, names him Hindustan, starts his treatment, gets him crutches, and after facing many hurdles, gets him admitted in Bishop Cotton Junior College. Will the impoverished Mahesh succeed in adequately caring for a child with special challenges? As Hindustan grows up, will he appreciate Mahesh's struggles and sacrifices on his behalf? Will Hindustan's parents return to claim him, and if so will Mahesh be willing to give him up?
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Cast: Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Mehmood Ali

Crew: Mehmood Ali (Director), Prabhkar D Niklankar (Director of Photography), Rajesh Roshan (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 23 Nov 1974 (India)

Hindi Name: कुंवारा बाप

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Did you know? Mehmood's son Lucky Ali made his first appearance in this movie as a child artist. Read More
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as Mahesh
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as Principal of Bishop Cotton Junior College
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as Police Inspector Ramesh
as Vinod
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This film marks as the first and only Hindi film in which prolific Tamil actress Manorama appeared. As it turns out, some of her lines in the movie were in Tamil.

Mehmood's son Lucky Ali made his first appearance in this movie as a child artist.

Mehmood directed this film to raise awareness about polio. In reality, his own son was affected by polio.

Comedian Mehmood made his directorial debut with this film and the enormous goodwill he enjoys in the industry was apparent when many top stars made guest appearances in the movie.