Producer (and star) Guru Dutt's tragic romance concerns two friends, Aslam (Guru Dutt) and Nawab (Rehman), who fall in love with the same girl, Jameela (Waheeda Rehman) in Muslim Lucknow.
The narrative is driven by plain bad luck, as well as misunderstandings caused by the tradition of purdah, and ultimately leads to tragedy, but at the heart of the story is the importance of sacrifice and friendship, both popular themes in Indian film.
Colour photography came late to Indian cinema, and so it became the practice in many early 1960s films to include some song sequences in colour.
The title song, sung by the great Mohammed Rafi, was filmed in colour and remains one of Hindi cinema's most popular songs.
In Urdu and Hindi with English subtitles.
(1960) Cert: U