Barsaat Ki Raat

Barsaat Ki Raat, India, 17 April 1960

The story features a number of innovative themes while maintaining the basic form of a love story. It has particularly strong female characters who are independent-minded and choose their own loves and destiny. The conflicts are not so much between the wishes of the parents and children about whom to marry, as is a common theme in Indian movies, but it is on the more complex level of the conflicts among the main characters and the duplicitous signals men and women send each other. The movie glorifies the lives of "singing girls" not often regarded highly in Indian society. Although it is set with Muslim characters, the movie seamlessly shows the universality of sensual love.

  • Genre: Romantic
  • Runtime: 142 Minutes
  • Director: P.L. Santoshi


Barsaat Ki Raat (Hindi: बरसात की रात; Translated: 'A Rainy Night') is a 1960 Bollywood film starring Bharat Bhushan, Madhubala, Shyama, Mumtaz Begum and K.N. Singh. It was directed by P. L. Santoshi. Although Madhubala gets top billing, the main character is played by Shyama.

This film was released in black-and-white and is widely considered to be a classic. The film became particularly popular for its qawwali songs and was one of the biggest hits at the box-office in 1960. This is music director Roshan's first big success as almost all the songs were hit. 'Barsaat Ki Raat was also one of the last films to star celebrated actress Madhubala.