The film is a story about the love between two Mumbai teenagers of different classes – Raj Nath (Rishi Kapoor), son of a rich businessman Mr. Nath (played by Pran), and Bobby Braganza (Dimple Kapadia), daughter of a poor Goan Christian fisherman Jack Braganza (played by Prem Nath).
The couple first sees each other during Raj's birthday party, and meet when Raj goes to see his old governess, Mrs. Braganza. There, he sees her granddaughter Bobby, and it is love at first sight for him. Raj and Bobby go to see a movie but find out it is closed. Then Raj gets an idea to go to a party. At the party Bobby sees Raj talking to another girl and thinks he is using her. As the story progresses, Raj realises that his relationship with the daughter of a poor fisherman is not taken kindly by his eccentric father. Upon Raj's insistence, Mr. Nath visits Jack to initiate talks of Raj and Bobby's wedding. But instead, Mr. Nath accuses Jack of using his daughter's beauty and charm to trap Raja for his money. He even offers Jack cash to have Bobby stop seeing Raj. Jack feels highly humiliated by this accusation and reciprocates by insulting Mr. Nath. Their talk enters a deadlock and spells doom for Raja and Bobby's tender love.
Mr. Nath engages Raj to a mentally challenged girl, Alka (Farida Jalal), in order to establish business ties with her rich father. But Raj runs away from home, to unite with Bobby. They both run away together. Mr. Nath advertises a reward for anyone who can help find his son. Prem Chopra (Prem Chopra) decides that he wants the money, and he and his goons kidnap Raj and Bobby. When they try to escape, Prem starts beating Raj. Mr. Nath and the police come to help, and they find Jack already there attempting to help Raj. Raj and Bobby run away from their fathers and jump over a waterfall. Both Mr. Nath and Jack jump into the water after them. Mr. Nath rescues Bobby, while Jack rescues Raj. They realize that they love their children very much, and don't want to stand in the way of their happiness. They accept each other's kids as their own and give their blessings to the union.
- Genre: Romantic
- Runtime: 169 Minutes
- Awards: Filmfare Best Actor Award – Rishi Kapoor, Filmfare Best Actress Award – Dimple Kapadia (shared with Jaya Bhaduri for Abhimaan), Filmfare Best Male Playback Award – Narendra Chanchal for the song "Beshak Mandir Masjid",Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction
Bobby is a 1973 Bollywood film directed by Raj Kapoor. The film was widely popular, and widely imitated. It also represented the film début for Dimple Kapadia and the first leading role for Raj Kapoor's son, Rishi Kapoor.
The movie is known to be a trend-setter in its own right. It introduced in Bollywood the genre of teenage romance with a rich-vs-poor clash as a backdrop. Numerous movies in the following years were inspired by this plot.
Indiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films. The film became a "blockbuster" and was the top grossing hit of 1973, and also became the second top grossing hit of the 1970s.