Shehar Aur Sapna

Shehar Aur Sapna, India, 17 May 1963

It was based on Abbas's own story, One Thousand Nights on a Bed of Stones, which describes the struggle in the life of pavement dwellers in the backdrop of rapid industrialization. The theme of the film signified a marked departure from the films, made in 1950s, the opening decade of independent India, as by now the euphoria seen the films like, Naya Daur (1957) and Boot Polish (1954), had been replaced by realism and death of economic idealism. This was also seen in later films like Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974) and Mani Kaul's Uski Roti (1969), as industrialization didn't turn out to be a boon for the masses as promised.

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime: 120 Minutes
  • Director: Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
  • Awards: 1963: National Film Award for Best Feature Film, 1964 Academy of Art award for Direction., 1964: Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor - Nana Palsikar


Shehar Aur Sapna (The City and the Dream) is 1963 Hindi film directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, about a young couple, searching in vain for a home of their own in a metropolis, amidst the backdrop of rapidly developing city, and the many who flocked to it, in hope for a better life. It won the 1964 National Film Award for Best Feature Film and was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Film.