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Junglee (1961 film)

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Film poster
Directed bySubodh Mukherjee
Produced bySubodh Mukherjee
Written byAgha Jani (dialogue)
Screenplay bySubodh Mukherjee
Story bySubodh Mukherjee
StarringShammi Kapoor
Saira Banu
Music byShankar-Jaikishan
CinematographyN. V. Srinivas
Edited byV. K. Naik
Release date
  • 31 October 1961 (1961-10-31) (India)
Running time
150 minutes

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Junglee (English: "Wild" or "Ill-Mannered") is a 1961 Indian movie produced and directed by Subodh Mukherjee. The music is by Shankar Jaikishan and the lyrics by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. The film stars Shammi Kapoor, Lalita Pawar, Shashikala, Anoop Kumar and Asit Sen. Saira Banu, in her debut film, earned a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress.[1]

The movie was a lighthearted musical. Box Office India calls the film a "super-hit" with a net earning of 1,75,00,000.[2] The song "Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe" was choreographed by P.L. Raj.[3] The film was remade into Telugu as Sarada Ramudu (1980), starring N.T. Rama Rao and Jayasudha.[4]


Chandrashekhar/Shekhar (Shammi Kapoor) belongs to an aristocratic family, run by Shekhar's domineering mother (Lalita Pawar). He completes his education in London and comes back to run his business. In his family, people shouldn't talk more than needed and laughter is completely prohibited. Shekhar follows all those rules strictly from the heart, but his younger sister Mala (Shashikala) is not like him. She laughs and roams freely and even falls in love with Jeevan (Anoop Kumar), who works in her brother's company.

When her mother finds out that Mala is in love with a common man, she asks her son to take her away to some distant place and make her forget this man. Shekhar agrees and takes Mala to Kashmir. There he meets the charming and lively Rajkumari (Saira Banu), daughter of a local doctor and gets attracted to her. But he remembers his mother's expectations that he should marry a girl from the aristocratic family and maintains a distance with Rajkumari.

But one day, they both get stuck in a snowstorm for two days, which gives him enough time to grow closer to her. In that time, he understands what is important in life and becomes a carefree man. Meanwhile, Mala, who was actually pregnant before they came to Kashmir, gives birth to a son. Rajkumari and her father maintain the secret from everyone and from her brother. They come back to their home and his mother gets shocked by seeing the carefree and changed Shekhar. He even tells her about his love, but she mistakes that name of Rajkumari for a real princess. When she comes to know that she is not the princess, she decides against the marriage. But after some drama, she too comes to know that the real value of people lies in their hearts, not in titles, and she accepts Rajkumari as her daughter-in-law. It gets revealed that Mala secretly married Jeevan a year ago and their son was legitimate. Everyone accepts Jeevan into their home and laughter comes back to their home.


  • Shammi Kapoor as Chandrashekhar
  • Saira Banu as Rajkumari (as Saira Banu)
  • Shashikala as Mala (as Shashi Kala)
  • Anoop Kumar as Jeevan
  • Lalita Pawar as Chandrashekhar's Mother
  • Azra as Rajkumari the Princess
  • Moni Chatterjee as Doctor (Raj's Father) (as Moni Chatterji)
  • Rajan Haksar as The Princess' Brother (as Rajen Haksar)
  • Shivraj as Manager
  • Helen as Miss Suku


All the music[5] was composed by Shankar Jaikishan, except "Ai Ai Aa Suku Suku" by Tarateño Rojas and lyrics were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra.

# Song Singer
1 "Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe" Mohammed Rafi
2 "Aai Aai Aa Suku Suku" Mohammed Rafi
3 "Ehsaan Tera Hoga" (Male) Mohammed Rafi
4 "Mere Yaar Shabba Khair Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
5 "Ehsaan Tera Hoga" (Female) Lata Mangeshkar
6 "Kashmir Ki Kali Hoon Main" Lata Mangeshkar
7 "Jaa Jaa Jaa Mere Bachpan Lata Mangeshkar
8 "Nain Tumhare Mazedaar" Asha Bhosle, Mukesh

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Filmfare Best Sound Award – Kuldeep Singh
  • Filmfare Nomination for Best Actress – Saira Banu[6]


  1. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/cpages.php?pageName=top_actress
  2. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=167&catName=MTk2MQ==
  3. "PONYTAIL 'n' pop, but desi". The Hindu. 29 September 2003. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  4. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055035/movieconnections
  5. http://www.hindigeetmala.net/movie/junglee.htm
  6. 1st Filmfare Awards 1953

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