Awaara, one of the greatest hits of the 1950‘s was directed-produced by the showman Raj Kapoor, who was also the main lead of the film. Sometimes one sees sparks of brilliance in a new artist. They obviously need more time to grow and polish their skill, but that was not really the case of Raj Kapoor. Awaara was his third directorial venture after Barsaat and Aag, but instead of sparks of brilliance he completely shone with it from beginning to end. This week Factrichi 100 Varsh reminisces the veteran actor‘s “Awaara” on Sunday, 1st July 2012 at 1:30 pm and 9:30 pm only on IBN-Lokmat.

The film centers on the intertwining lives of poor Raj played by the veteran and privileged Rita (Nargis). In the film, Kapoor's poor, innocent "little tramp" character references Charlie Chaplin and was further developed in other Kapoor films such as Shri 420. The film became an overnight sensation in South Asia, and found success abroad in the Soviet Union, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In particular, the song "Awara Hoon" sung by Mukesh with lyrics by Shailendra, became hugely popular across the Indian subcontinent, as well as abroad. The film was also nominated for the Grand Prize of the Cannes Film Festival in 1953. Owing to its popularity in so many countries, the film is a candidate for most successful film of all time. In 2012, Awaara was included in the 20 new entries to All-Time 100 greatest films by TIME.

This special episode will evoke memories of the classic film, take the viewers through the cinematic excellence of the nineteen-fifties. Various interviews by experts and special sequences of the film will be shown in this exclusive episode. To know more about this classic film, tune in to Factrichi 100 varsh on Sunday, 1st July 2012 at 1:30 pm and 9:30 pm only on IBN-Lokmat.