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Dosti (1964)

  • Release Date1964
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi

Man does not live by bread alone; man's life is not complete without love and without friendship.  It is the bond of affection between man and man that has contributed to the progress of mankind  since time immemorial "DOSTI" is the story of two teenage boys drawn together by fate and  friendship, which  is both heart-warming and  inspiring.

Orphan, lame, Ramu searched for a job and wandered in the street. One day he saw a boy crossing a street unmindful of the approaching car. He rushed and saved the boy only to find out that Mohan was blind. Mohan told hi m that in childhood, he had fallen sick and lost his eye-sight. He had a sister who had left the village to become a nurse and get him cured. Due to floods he had come to the city in search of his sister. Ramu and Mohan facing the same cruel fate become friends and decide to fight the battle of life together.

One day Ram u was playing a tune on his mouth organ. It attracted some passers-by who gave him money mistaking him for a beggar. Ramu left humiliated; but Mohan consoled him, saying that people were paying him for his music. Mohan, who had a melodious voice, sang and together they made a good tea m of entertainers and earned their livelihood.

As entertainers they became friends with a rich teenage ailing girl. They decided to call her Rajkumari because she looked like a fairy princess. Ramu's interest i n studies and his promise to his mother that he will complete his studies and become something in life inspired Mohan to convince his friend to join the school again.  Mohan promised to raise money. With some difficulties Ramu got himself ad mitted in the school. Sharmaji, a School Teacher finding him a brilliant student, became his god-father.

Ramu stood first in the Tenth Standard and won a gold medal. He and Mohan found a room in a Bustee; and every day Ramu left Mohan near a hospital, where he hoped to find his missing sister.

With all the handicaps trials and tribulations the bond friendship keeps the faith and trust of humanity alive, because if humanity has to live and prosper with peace, smile and happiness, DOSTI, the eternal human relationship between friends must direct human conditions.

Does DOSTI (friendship) emerge victorious in the end and attain its aim?

See it yourself on the screen and communicate its message of friendship from generation to generation.

[from the official press booklet]