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Film poster
Directed by Satyen Bose
Produced by Tarachand Barjatya
Written by Ban Bhatt (story)
Govind Moonis (screenplay & dialogues)
Starring Sudhir Kumar Sawant
Sushil Kumar Somaya
Sanjay Khan
Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal
Cinematography Marshall Braganza
Distributed by Rajshri Productions
Release dates
  • 6 November 1964 (1964-11-06)
Running time
163 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 2,00,00,000[1]
Not to be confused with Dosti (2005 film).

Dosti (English: Friendship) is a 1964 Indian black-and-white Hindi film directed by Satyen Bose and produced by Tarachand Barjatya under his Rajshri Productions banner. It was Sanjay Khan's debut film and had Sudhir Kumar Sawant, and Sushil Kumar Somaya in lead roles. The film focuses on the friendship between two boys, one blind and the other a cripple. Dosti was amongst the top 10 grossers of 1964 and was declared a "Super Hit" at the box office.[1] It was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.[2]


Dosti is the story of Ramnath or Ramu (Sushil Kumar) and Mohan (Sudhir Kumar). Ramu’s father Mr Gupta, a factory worker dies in an accident. When the factory refuses to pay compensation, his mother passes out in shock by falling from the stairs. Ramu is injured in an accident and he becomes crippled. Thrown out of his home, crippled and penniless, he roams around the streets of Mumbai. Here he comes across Mohan, a boy who is blind and has a similar tale of woe. Mohan comes from a village. His sister, Meena had migrated from the village to Mumbai to find work as a nurse so that she could pay for her brother’s treatment. Mohan left the village after his caretaker died.

Ramu is good at playing the harmonica, while Mohan is a good singer. They team up and sing songs on the roadside and start earning money from passers-by. Ramu wants to finish his studies, and both of them befriend a small girl, Manjula (Baby Farida), who is the sister of a rich man, Ashok (Sanjay Khan). Manjula suffers from Rheumatoid Heart Disease and both the boys hope she would help them out.

Ramu and Mohan visit Manjula and ask for a loan of sixty rupees which is the amount required for Ramu's admission in school. But Manjula's brother rebuffs them and gives only five rupees. Feeling insulted, Mohan decides that he will raise the money by singing, which he successfully does. Ramu is admitted in the school after performing brilliantly in entrance test (he scores 294 out of 300). They move to a new house in a slum after someone tries to steal their hard earned money while they were sleeping on footpath. Their new neighbour is Mausi, who lives with her teenage daughter and school going son, Nandu. Mausi treats them as her own sons.

In school, Ramu excels in studies despite being a regular target of ridicule of richer students who do not consider him their equal and often degrade him for being a "street beggar". The headmaster and teacher Sharma ji takes Ramu under their wings. Sharma ji also declared himself guardian of Ramu. During a visit to Ramu's house, Sharmaji notices that the neighbourhood is not fit for study and suggests that Ramu move in with him but Ramu does not leave Mohan. Meanwhile, one day while singing, Mohan hears someone (Ashok) calling out to Meena and rushes to embrace his long lost sister. But Meena is ashamed that Mohan has become a beggar and refuses to recognise him. Meena is looking after Manjula and there is a budding romance between her and Ashok. However, soon Meena confesses to Ashok. Ashok is sorry for her and consoles her that soon she will be together with her brother.

Mohan senses Manjula while sleeping and tells Ramu about it. Both decide to go and meet her, but she died. Ashok brings Mohan home one day and gives him Manjula's chime as her remembrance. When he tries to tell Mohan about Meena, Mohan lashes out in rage and says that he considers himself alone in this world, save for his friend Ramu.

Soon after, Ramu gets in trouble with some ruffians and as a result is mistakenly arrested by police during a burglary. Sharma ji goes to police station and bails out Ramu on the condition that he will live with Sharma ji and keep no contact with Mohan. Mohan is heartbroken and decides to visit him. But Sharma ji didn't allow him to talk to Mohan. Sad, Mohan roams the streets singing sad songs.

Sharmaji suddenly dies, leaving Ramu shattered. Ramu decides not to appear for the final exam as he cannot pay the fees. Hearing this, Mohan decides to raise the money once again by singing in streets in spite of his ill health. He successfully earns the money and pays the fees without Ramu knowing, but himself falls prey to illness and is admitted in hospital. In hospital, without telling him, Meena cares for Mohan as he recuperates.

Ramu comes first in the exams and comes to know of Mohan's sacrifice. He rushes to Mohan in hospital to ask for forgivness where Mohan says that he was never angry with him. The doctor tells Mohan about Meena and he forgives her. The movie ends with all of them in a loving embrace.



The lyrics of the film are written by Majrooh Sultanpuri on music composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal. Dosti stands as a landmark in the career history of the musical duo as this won them their first Filmfare Award and made them popular in the film industry.[3] Mohammad Rafi is the main vocalist for the songs and R. D. Burman played the harmonica throughout the film which Ramu plays.

No. TitleSinger(s) Length
1. "Chahoonga Main Tujhe Saanj Savere"  Mohammad Rafi 04:55
2. "Meri Dosti Mera Pyar"  Mohammad Rafi 04:23
3. "Rahi Manwa Dukh Ki Chinta"  Mohammad Rafi 04:07
4. "Mera To Jo Bhi Kadam"  Mohammad Rafi 04:03
5. "Gudiya Humse Roothi Rahogi Kab Tak Na Hasogi"  Lata Mangeshkar 03:31
6. "Jaanewalo Zara"  Mohammad Rafi 04:06

Box office

Dosti collected Rs. 2 crore in the Indian box office and stood as third highest grosser of 1964. The first and second weekend collection was excellent.


The film stood out at the 12th Filmfare Awards in 1965 by winning six awards from seven nominations that it received. Dosti won maximum awards at the ceremony.



  1. 1 2 "Box office 1964". Retrieved 21 Jan 2012.
  2. "4th Moscow International Film Festival (1965)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  3. Ashok Da. Ranade (2006). Hindi Film Song: Music Beyond Boundaries. Bibliophile South Asia. p. 310. ISBN 81-85002-64-9.

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