Gumrah, India, 15 February 1963

Meena (Mala Sinha) and Kamla (Nirupa Roy) are two daughters of a wealthy Nainital resident. While Kamla lives with her established attorney husband, Ashok (Ashok Kumar), in Mumbai, Meena is in love with artist-singer Rajendra (Sunil Dutt). When Kamla comes to Nainital for her delivery, she comes to know of Meena's affair and plans to get her married to Rajendra. Ashok however, is totally unaware of this fact.

Before Kamla can do this, she dies after falling off a cliff near her father's home. Afraid that her sister's children will be ill-treated by a stepmother, Meena is compelled to marry Ashok. Ashok does not know about her love affair with Rajendra. For a while things go well, until she meets Rajendra again. He follows her to Mumbai, and they begin meeting secretly.

One day, Meena is caught by Leela (Shashikala), a woman who claims to be Rajendra's wife and who begins blackmailing her. Caught between Rajendra's deception and Leela's hounding, Meena's life comes to a crisis, and she is forced to make a choice between Rajendra and Ashok.

The movie examines the conflict of a married woman who is caught between her feelings for her lover and her duty to her husband and family. A bold theme for the times (1963), the same conflict is examined again in the 2005 Kareena Kapoor-starrer Bewafaa.

  • Genre: Action
  • Runtime: 155 Minutes
  • Director: B. R. Chopra
  • Awards: National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi


Gumrah (Hindi: गुमराह, English: Astray) is a 1963 Hindi film produced and directed by B. R. Chopra. The film stars Sunil Dutt, Ashok Kumar, Mala Sinha, Nirupa Roy, Deven Verma and Shashikala. The music was composed by Ravi while the lyrics were by Sahir Ludhianvi. It was remade in Malayalam as Vivahita (1970), starring Padmini, Prem Nazir and Satyan. It was also a hit. It is really surprising that while Shashikala got Filmfare's award in 'Best Supporting Actress Category', Mala Sinha was totally ignored by Film Fare although her role was equally tough and difficult and she gave her one hundred percent share.