Naukri, India, 02 June 1978

The film opens up with a distraught tensed up Ranjit watching his mother and his sister and their adopted brother closely. He is wearing a depressing look as he cannot earn and feed his family members properly being a handicapped person. He walks with help of walking stick. He decides that its better to commit suicide and die rather than giving trouble to others and also seeing his family members struggle for survival. His mother loves him a lot although he is limping and jobless. She asks him not to worry and be happy. Their landlord has asked them to vacate the premises the next day. Tension looming around his mind, Ranjit decides to go out early in the morning and jump from the bridge above the railway tracks and give away his life. Ranjit carries out his plan. In the next scenes, he starts walking without help from any stick. He meets a man who calls himself as Captain and he says that he is the only person who can see Ranjith right now. That fat man introduces himself as Swaraj Singh Captain and says that he is a ghost and that Ranjit has died and is now a ghost too. Captain takes him along everywhere and shows him how many other people are roaming as ghosts in the world after committing suicides. Captain says the ghosts attain salvation only when their unfulfilled wish gets fulfilled. Captain asks him why did he commit suicide. Ranjit tells him his story of how he was a badminton player and how rich they were. He had even fell in love with a richer girl. The rest of the story is about Ranjit's description of what drove him to poverty, how were they surviving, how his friends betrayed him and deprived him of any job, how he lost his leg and how much he feels betrayed of his girlfriend leaving him and joining hands with some one else. Captain just keeps listening to his story. The answers to the above question and rest of the story is full of suspense which needs to be seen in the movie directly.

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee


Naukri is a 1978 Bollywood film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. This Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s not so famous movie but critically acclaimed classic Naukri (1978) featuring Rajesh Khanna and Raj Kapoor together is set in the period 1944-1947. The basic idea of this film is based on the 1955 Tamil film Mudhal Thedi starring Sivaji Ganeshan and Anjali Devi but story and treatment is completely different and the other inspiration for this films was It's a Wonderful Life produced and directed by Frank Capra. The story features a person getting help of an angel after his death. The God Sent person makes the hero realize that when he was alive he was so important and loved by all around him but he couldn’t recognize it. Rajesh Khanna plays the man who meets the angel Raj Kapoor, after he commits suicide. The film was not well publicized before its release and being released at a time when multi-star films ruled the roost, this classic was a box office failure. But over the years it has been appreciated by the audience. In the Bollywood Guide Collections, critics gave the film 4 stars of 5.

The idea of an angel helping a dead person in realising his significance on earth, was also adopted in 2005 film Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!, wherein Shahid Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt play respective roles of Rajesh Khanna and Raj Kapoor, with Dutt playing modern Yamraj.