Awara (1951)

India, 1951
82m (USA), 168m (UK), 193m (India), 4626.25 feet
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1

An Indian fantasy film directed by Raj Kapoor.

Plot Summary

After falling out with his district judge father, Raju becomes a derelict and teams up with a pickpocket who teaches him his skills. But when Raju learns that the man was directly responsible for Raju’s father leaving his mother, Raju kills him, tries to kill his own father and ends up in court, being tried by his father and defended by childhood sweetheart.


Director: Raj Kapoor
All India Film Corp, R.K. Films Ltd
Producer: Raj Kapoor
Script/Dialogues: K.A. Abbas
Story: K.A. Abbas, V.P. Sathe
Director of Photography: Radhu Karmakar
Editor: G.G. Mayekar
Music: Shankar-Jaikishan
Audiographer: Allaudin
Costumes Supervisors: Mme Chorosch, Om Parkash
Make Up: Bhujang Pai, Madho Pai
Hair: Marie Ginetta
Art Director: M.R. Achrekar
Studios: Jagruti Studios; R.K. Studios Ltd; Shrikant Studios

Raj Kapoor (Raju Raghunath)
Nargis (Rita)
Prithviraj Kapoor (Judge Raghunath)
Shashiraj (Raj as a boy)
K.N. Singh (Jagga)
Leela Chitnis (mother)
Leela Misra
Honey O’Brien
Baby Zubeida
B.M. Vyas
Shashi Kapoor
Om Prakash
Manek Kapoor

Alternative Titles

Awara – Der Vagabund von Bombay – West Germany
Brodjyaga – Russia
Katkera rakkaus – Finland
Ray – tjuven i Bombay – Sweden
The Tramp
The Vagabond



  • Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television vol.26 no.3 (August 2006) pp.341-359 – article (Awara and the post-colonial origins of the Hindi law drama by Michael H. Hoffmeier)
  • Kine Weekly no.2452 (24 June 1954) p.88 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.21 no.247 (August 1954) p.119 – credits, review
  • Third Text no.34 (Spring 1996) pp.59-77 – illustrated article (Shifting Codes, Dissolving Identities by Ravi Vasudevan)
  • Variety 11 April 1956 p.7 – credits, review


  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.501 – credits