Adalat , India, 14 February 1958

Nirmala (played by Nargis) is in love with Barrister Rajindra Singh (played by Pradeep Kumar) and have plans to get married soon. But Nirmala's aunt is jealous to see her happiness and hence wants to marry her off to an uneducated villager. The dispute turns big and Nirmala leaves her home. She takes a job in a dancing school, which turns out to be a front for a brothel. This lands her in prison but she is not found guilty. When she returns home, she is turned away and knowing about her shocks and kills her mom.

Again out on streets she attempts to find work for living. Pandit Kedarnath (played by Pran), a pimp, is now following her in order to get her for himself. But coincidentally she meets Rajindra again. The lovers get married secretly. But then Rajindra leaves for Britain, leaving behind pregnant Nirmala. Rajindra's parents don't accept Nirmala and her child and throw her out. Nirmala gives birth to a baby boy. Her conditions worsen and she is not able to earn her living. She hence gives away her son to Dr. Renuka Roy, a kind woman, and goes into prostitution for earning money. The story turns when her son grows old to become a Public Prosecutor and his first case is of Nirmala, a prostitute, who is now charged of a murder.

  • Genre: Action
  • Runtime: 141 Minutes
  • Director: Kalidas


Adalat is a 1958 Bollywood film directed by Kalidas, starring Pradeep Kumar, Nargis, and Pran in lead roles. Composed by Madan Mohan, the songs of film are sung by Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt, Lata Mangeshkar, and Mohammed Rafi.The film is especially known for its meaningful, touching ghazal-type songs and melodious music. 'Jana tha hum se door', 'Yoon hasaraton ke daag' and 'Unko ye shikayat hai ki hum' are generally famous. Similarly the actors Nargis and Pran performed well.