Mujhe Jeene Do

Mujhe Jeene Do, India, 22 March 1963

Dacoits were traditionally shown as a rogue or menace to the society, especially in Hindi cinema, here for the first time film director, tried to show them in a fresh humanist perspective thereby giving the film its memorability.

Films humanist angle is credited to its director Moni Bhattacharjee who earlier assisted, realist cinema master, Bimal Roy in Do Bigha Zamin (1953) and Madhumati (1958), before turning director himself.

The film was film actor, Sunil Dutt’s second film as a film producer, after Ye Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke (1963), through which he yet again tried to breakaway from the traditional romantic leads he was offered in the mainstream Hindi cinema. Though, here again, his role turned out to be that of romantic dacoit, though his acting received wide acclaim, and even Filmfare Best Actor Award of 1965.

Both, Mujhe Jeene Do and Ye Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke were written by Sunil's best friend and favourite screen writer, Aghajani Kashmeri.

  • Genre: Action
  • Runtime: 180 Minutes
  • Director: Moni Bhattacharjee
  • Awards: 1964 Filmfare Best Actor Award: Sunil Dutt , 1964 Cannes Film Festival: Official selection, in competition for awards

Story

Mujhe Jeene Do (Let Me Live) is a 1963 Hindi film directed by Moni Bhattacharjee. This dacoit-drama stars Sunil Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Nirupa Roy, Rajendranath and Mumtaz.

Shot in Chambal Valley ravines of Bhind-Morena under police protection in Madhya Pradesh state, and Mohan Studios, Mumbai films highlights are acting talents of its star cast, Waheeda Rehman, and Sunil Dutt and indeed the music by musical genius Jaidev. It went on to become eighth highest grossing Bollywood film of the year, and Official selection at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. The film was also the second success in a row of actor Sunil Dutt's production banner, Ajanta Arts, after Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke, which had been released earlier that year. Mujhe Jeene Do was India's third 'dacoit' film, a genre loosely inspired by Hollywood Westerns but more so by the menace of dacoity in Central India in the early 1960s. The film was a major success, like the earlier two other big films in the same genre, Ganga Jamuna (1961) and Raj Kapoor’s Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960).