Deedar, India, 18 May 1951

  • Genre: Romantic
  • Runtime: 130 Minutes
  • Director: Nitin Bose


Deedar (Hindi: दीदार, "glance") is a 1951 Bollywood Hindi language film directed by Nitin Bose and starring Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Nargis and Nimmi in lead roles. A story of unfulfilled love, when hero's childhood love is separated from him due to class inequalities. It is one of noted tragedies made in early Hindi cinema. Upon its release it became popular film of the Golden era and further established Dilip Kumar as "King of Tragedy".

Many years later, when Deedar was having a rerun at Mumbai theatres, actor Manoj Kumar, who asked director Raj Khosla to accompany him for a show. Thereafter, the story of Do Badan (1966) was written after reworking its storyline, the film was also a hit. It is referred to repeatedly in the Vikram Seth's 1993 novel A Suitable Boy, in which people watching it burst into tears and people who can't get tickets start a riot.