Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge, India, 28 February 1958

Rakesh lives with his brother, Madan, and his dad in Rangoon. Madan has fallen into bad company and steals the family heirloom, in the shape of a dragon, some cash and runs away to India. Shortly thereafter, his dead body is found under Calcutta's Howrah Bridge. Rakesh travels to Calcutta in order to find out the mystery behind Madan's death, and also try to recover the family heirloom. His investigations take him to a shady hotel run by Uncle Joe, where an attractive dancer named Edna performs a dance every night. Rakesh finds himself attracted to Edna, and he confides in her why he is here and she decides to assist him. Rakesh comes to know that a man named Bhiku had witnessed his brother's murder, and sets off to find him. Before he could meet him, Bhiku goes missing and no one knows about his whereabouts. Watch what Rakesh does next in order to solve this mystery, recover the heirloom, continue to woo Edna, and catch his brother's killers.

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime: 153 Minutes
  • Director: Shakti Samanta

Story

Howrah Bridge is a 1958 film directed by Shakti Samanta. Its name is a reference to Howrah Bridge, which connects Howrah to Kolkata over the Hooghly River. It features the well known Hindi song "Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu"which was reused in the film Salaam Bombay!. This song was sung by Geeta Dutt and picturised on Helen. Director Samanta also said that the sensuous club number "Aaiye Meherbaan" picturized on Madhubala was also very memorable. The Music Director is O. P. Nayyar. The songs of this film were penned by the famous lyricist and Urdu poet Qamar Jalalabadi. The film performed "above average" at the box office.

There is an intertextual reference to the song "Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu" in Karan Johar's 1998 film "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" (just before the song Koi Mil Gaya).