Pagal (film)

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Film Poster
Directed byA. R. Kardar
Produced byRanjit Movietone
Written byA. R. Kardar
StarringPrithviraj Kapoor
Noor Mohammed Charlie
Sitara Devi
CinematographyKrishna Gopal
Edited byKhemchand Prakash
Release date
5 July 1940
CountryBritish Raj

Pagal is a 1940 Indian Hindi-language film. It was the fourth highest grossing Indian film of 1940.[1] The psycho-social melodrama was directed by A. R. Kardar for Ranjit Movietone.[2] The story and dialogues were also by Kardar. Khemchand Prakash composed the music with lyrics written by D. N. Madhok.[3] The film had Prithviraj Kapoor playing a doctor with psychological problems, working in a "lunatic asylum".[4] The rest of the cast included Madhuri, Sitara Devi, Noor Mohammed Charlie, Khatoon, Trilok Kapoor and Sunalini Devi.[5]

The film involves a doctor who loves a girl, but marries her sister due to an unfortunate coincidence. His treatment of his wife and the girl he loves, and his own eventual deterioration into insanity forms the basis of story. Prithviraj Kapoor's performance was appreciated by the critics and the audience, making the film a big commercial success.[3]


  1. ^ "Top Earners 1940". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  2. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Taylor & Francis. pp. 1994–. ISBN 978-1-135-94325-7. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b Patel, Baburao (August 1940). "Review-Pagal". Filmindia. 6 (8): 20. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  4. ^ Madhu Jain (17 April 2009). Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema. Penguin Books Limited. pp. 34–. ISBN 978-81-8475-813-9. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Pagal". Alan Goble. Retrieved 15 April 2015.

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