The movie traces the lives of the family of a widowed lady, her two sons and daughter. Mrs. Lal, a widowed lady lives with her two sons, Ram and Ratan, her unmarried daughter, Sheela; Ram's wife, Parvati and her children. Ram works in a mill and Ratan is studying engineering in Calcutta. When Ratan returns, he is offered a job at the same mill, falls in love with a Typist named Manju, much to chagrin of Malti, the daughter of the mill-owner, Sewakram
When Ratan finds out that Sewakram has been defrauding the mill employees, he decides to form a union, a move that is opposed by his brother Ram, who is devoted and loyal to Sewakram. Things go from bad to worse when the workers decide to go on strike on one hand, while Ram decides to thrown Ratan out of the house. Word gets around that Ratan is against Sewakram, and soon he gets blacklisted. Sheela who was supposed to marry Kundan, the son of Sitaram, has her marriage canceled, and the family lose their prestige and credit in the community.
The question remains, will the workers continue to be at the mercy of Sewakram, and will the Lal family be re-united again and is answered during the latter half of the movie.
- Genre: Thriller
- Runtime: 188 Minutes
- Awards: Filmfare Best Dialogue Award for Ramanand Sagar
Paigham is a 1959 Hindi movie produced and directed by S. S. Vasan. The film stars Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Raaj Kumar, Saroja Devi, Motilal, and Johnny Walker. The film's music is by C. Ramachandra. This was the first time Dilip and Raaj Kumar appeared in a film together. (They later appeared together once again over three decades later for the 1991 film Saudagar).
The film later remade in Tamil as Irumbu Thirai by S. S. Vasan with Sivaji Ganesan in Dilip Kumar's role, while Vyjayanthimala and Saroja Devi reprise their roles respectively.