Dhool Ka Phool

Dhool Ka Phool, India, 24 January 1959

Meena (Mala Sinha) and Mahesh (Rajendra Kumar) are madly in love with each other. One day both of them get carried away and Meena becomes pregnant. On the other side Mahesh gets married to Malti Rai (Nanda) who belongs to a good family. Meena gives birth to a little boy and takes the baby to his father, Mahesh Kapoor. Mahesh disowns both of them,saying that it was his mistake.

Meena leaves the 5 month old baby boy in a dark forest, where a snake guards the baby's life. On way back from city Abdul Rasheed (Manmohan Krishna) sees the child and protects him. Abdul also gets disowned by the society because the baby is illegitimate and nobody knows about the parents and religion. In spite of all the odds Abdul fights with the entire society and raises the child wholeheartedly. He names him Roshan.

On the other side Meena starts working as assistant to a lawyer Ashok Kumar (Ashok Kumar). Ashok Kumar starts developing a soft corner for her. They both get married without Meena revealing her past. Mahesh is now a judge and is blessed with a baby boy. One fine day both Meena's son Roshan (raised by Abdul) and Mahesh's son meet each other in school with their respective parents. In the presence of Mahesh, Abdul tells the principal of the school that he found Roshan in a forest 8 years ago.

In school Roshan and judge's son become close to each other. They become best of friends. When other kids make fun of Roshan, the judge's son supports him. One day he takes Roshan to his home, where his mother Malti welcomes him with love and affection but Mahesh throws the boy out of his house, saying that he is not worth our respect and love, as he is illegitimate.

  • Genre: Romantic
  • Runtime: 153 Minutes
  • Director: Yash Chopra


Dhool Ka Phool is a 1959 Indian Bollywood film. Produced by B. R. Chopra it was directed by BR's brother Yash Chopra, this being Yash's first movie as a director, having been an assistant director in BR's earlier film Naya Daur. The film stars Mala Sinha, Rajendra Kumar, Nanda, Leela Chitnis, Jeevan and Ashok Kumar. Steeped in Nehruvian secularism, the story revolves around a Muslim bringing up an `illegitimate' Hindu child and featured classic song, Too Hindu Banega Na Musalman Banega, Insaan Ki Aulaad Hai, Insaan Banega on Manmohan Krishna, who also won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Abdul Rasheed. Besides that Mala Sinha received a nomination for Best Actress and Mukhram Sharma for Best Story.

In the next film, Dharmputra (1961) about Hindu fundamentalism, Chopra reverse the theme, as therein a Hindu family brings an illegitimate Muslim child.