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Directed byAsit Sen
Produced byMushir-Riaz
Written byAbrar Alvi
StarringDilip Kumar
Saira Banu
Leena Chandavarkar
Nazir Hussain
Music byKalyanji Anandji
CinematographyKamal Bose
Edited byTarun Dutta
Release date
October 15, 1976

Bairaag is a 1976 Bollywood film. Produced by the duo Mushir-Riaz, it is directed by Asit Sen. The film stars Dilip Kumar, who received a Filmfare nomination for Best Actor for playing a triple role. Bairaag also stars Saira Banu, Leena Chandavarkar, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Prem Chopra, Helen, Sujit Kumar, Madan Puri, Paintal, Kader Khan, Asit Sen and Sachin. Its music is by the duo Kalyanji Anandji, who received a Filmfare nomination for Best Music. The film received a Filmfare Award for Best Sound for P. Harikishan.[1] According to one source, the film did not do well at the box office.[2][3]


Kailash (Dilip Kumar) loses his eyesight after a car accident. His wife gives birth to twin boys, one of them blind. Before his wife gains consciousness, he asks the doctor to get rid of the blind baby, because he doesn't want his son to live a life where he can't see at all. The doctor's wife leaves the blind baby in a Hindu temple, where he is discovered by the temple priest who raises the boy, now called Bholenath (Dilip Kumar). Kailash feels guilty about what he did to the blind baby and confesses it to his wife several years later. She becomes so distraught that she dies.

Kailash raises his other son Sanjay (Dilip Kumar), who turns into a spoiled rich boy. Although Sanjay is engaged to Sonia (Leena Chandavarkar), he continues to have an affair with Lucy (Helen), who has a rich dangerous boyfriend Grasco (Madan Puri). Sonia's greedy brother Kunwal (Prem Chopra) agrees to marry a country girl Tara (Saira Banu) but wants a Rs. 3,00,000 dowry. She doesn't want to marry him, because she is in love with Bholenath, even though he is poor and blind.

Bholenath thinks that his status is beneath hers and that she deserves a rich suitor. He steals the money from the Hindu temple to give to Kunwal for her dowry. His pet snake tries to stop him from giving the money by biting him. He regains his sight and vows to the temple priest (Nazir Hussain) and Tara to bring the money back from Kunwal. Once he reaches the city, people mistake him for Sanjay, who in turn, is hiding out with Lucy after she leaves Grasco along with Rs. 15,00,000. She is found dead with the money missing. Sanjay is the suspect. The film is resolved with the real culprit getting caught, the two brothers reunited with their father, and then marrying their sweethearts.


Cast Role Notes
Dilip Kumar Kailash / Bholenath 'Bhola' / Sanjay Triple Role
Saira Banu Tara
Leena Chandavarkar Sonia
Prem Chopra Kunwar Pratap Singh
Sujit Kumar        
Madan Puri Grasco
Helen Lucy
Nazir Hussain Priest
Kader Khan Superintendent Of Police
Nasir Khan Dr. Mishra
Ruma Guha Thakurta Pushpa
Kumari Naaz Vimla
Purnima Saraswati Chandrabhan
Leela Mishra Tara's Aunty
Praveen Paul Mrs. Mishra


Reception and Release

Bairaag, released in 1976, was the last film of Dilip Kumar as hero, after which he took a five-year break from films and returned to play character roles thereafter. Although it failed at the box office, the critics appreciated it. Dilip Kumar was acclaimed for his triple role and received a Filmfare nomination for Best Actor.

His next films were Kranti directed by Manoj Kumar, Shakti (directed by Ramesh Sippy) and Vidhaata (directed by Subhash Ghai), where Kumar played role of mature characters, leaving romantic roles for younger artists.


The music was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji and all songs of the film were memorable numbers. The lyrics were by Anand Bakshi.

Song Singer
"O Shankar Mere" (Part 1) Mahendra Kapoor
"O Shankar Mere" (Part 2) Mahendra Kapoor
"Chhoti Si Umar Mein Hi Lag Gaya Rog" Lata Mangeshkar
"Main Bairaagi Naachun Gaaun" Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
"Saare Shaher Mein Aap Sa Koi Nahin" Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle
"Peete Peete Kabhi Kabhi Yun Jaam" Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle


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