153 Min | Family – Music | December 1959
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Director: Yash Chopra
Starring: Mala Sinha, Rajendra Kumar, Nanda
Dhool Ka Phool Review: ‘Dhool Ka Phool’, Yash Chopra’s amazing directorial debut is a classic of classics. Dhool Ka Phool is about the social norms of those times, showing their effect on people of that time. This is the story of Meena (Mala Sinha), a young and orphaned woman who lives with her aunt and uncle. Meena meets Mahesh, and the two fall in love. However, when she finds out that she is pregnant, Mahesh leaves the city and the next time she meets him is on his wedding with a rich girl in the big city. Meena is thrown out of her uncle’s house and upon giving birth to a baby boy, her despair and Mahesh’s further rejection cause her to abandon him in a dark forest. When she comes back to senses and runs to take him back, she is too late, the baby was already collected by an old and kind Muslim named Abdul.
A powerful and poignant picture, ‘Dhool Ka Phool’ shows how destructive social prejudice can be, mainly through the characters of Meena and Roshan. The film is brilliantly written, narrated and acted, and is done realistically with almost no exaggerated dramatisation. It starts as a romance and then turns into a moving drama. Mukhram Sharma’s dialogues are exceptional and Narayan Datta’s music is wonderfully composed with fantastic lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi. One great song in Dhool Ka Phool, that remains relevant even today is “Tu Hindu Banega Na Musalmaan Banega”, which is pictured on the Abdul Rashid character when he decides to take the boy despite his neighbours’ opposition, meaning “You will grow up to be neither Hindu nor Muslim; you will grow up to be a human being.”
The acting is roundly excellent. Dhool Ka Phool belongs to Mala Sinha, and she is absolutely astonishing. Sushil Kumar, the child artist is amazing as Roshan. This is according to me one of the best performances by a child actor in Indian cinema. Manmohan Krishna is a show-stealer. He makes Abdul Rasheed, the simple and kind Muslim man, a memorable character which should set an example to all of us of how important it is to be a good human being rather than a religious person. Rajendra Kumar’s character is not sympathetic, and he is appropriately hateful. The film’s ending is bittersweet. It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and the same can be said about the movie itself. ‘Dhool Ka Phool’ is Yash Chopra’s ultimate masterwork, his first and perhaps his finest. Dhool Ka Phool is an excellent movie.