Shaheed (1965)


Shaheed (1965)

Shaheed (1965) presents the inspirational biography of one of India's greatest patriots Sardar Bhagat Singh.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb   7.8 /10
Director S. Ram Sharma
Writer B.K. Dutt
Writer Din Dayal Sharma
Release Date1965-01-01
Runtime2h 30mins
GenreBiography, Drama, History
Content Rating
CompanyK.P.K. Movies
Mrs. Kishan Singh (Bhagat Singh's Mother)
Nirupa Roy
Nirupa Roy
Anand Kumar
Anand Kumar
Shivram Rajguru (as Anant Kumar)
Sailesh Kumar
Sailesh Kumar
Chail Bihari
Chandarshekhar Azad (as Man Mohan)
Daku Kehar Singh
Madan Puri
Madan Puri
Dhaniram (as Asit Sen)
Chhatar Singh
Public Prosecutor - Delhi
Krishan Dhawan
Krishan Dhawan
Sardar Ajit Singh
Sardar Kishan Singh (as Sapru)

Shaheed (1965 film)

Shaheed (transl. Martyr) is a 1965 patriotic film directed by S. Ram Sharma, produced by Kewal Kashyap and starring Manoj Kumar, Kamini Kaushal and Pran in lead roles. Iftekhar, Nirupa Roy, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri and Anwar Hussain star in supporting roles. It is based on the life of Bhagat Singh. The music was composed by Prem Dhawan, with several songs being penned by freedom fighter Ram Prasad Bismil. Shaheed was the first of Manoj Kumar's series of patriotic films, followed by the likes of Upkar (1967), Purab Aur Paschim (1970) and Kranti (1981).

It was released on 1 January 1965 and became a box office success. The eleventh highest-grossing film of the year, it was given a verdict of "hit" by Box office India. At the 13th National Film Awards, Shaheed won the award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration and the award for Best Screenplay for B. K. Dutt and Din Dayal Sharma.

The film was screened retrospectively on 15 August 2016 at the Independence Day Film Festival, jointly presented by the Indian Directorate of Film Festivals and Ministry of Defense, commemorating 70th Indian Independence Day.


It is the year 1911 in British India, Sardar Kishan Singh and his family, including son Bhagat, are distressed when Kishan's brother, Ajit Singh, is arrested for speaking out against the British. He then mysteriously disappears after supposedly escaping from prison and is never heard from again. This makes a strong impression on young Bhagat Singh's mind. When he grows up, he joins the movement for freedom struggle headed by Chandrashekar Azad. He then sees Lala Lajpat Rai, who was leading an unarmed protest against the Simon Commission, is killed by the police. Bhagat, Chandrashekar Azad, Rajguru, Sukhdev, and Jaigopal decide to avenge this death by killing Assistant Superintendent JP Saunders. They succeed in killing him. They then flee to evade the massive police manhunt. Bhagat is a prime suspect, having been identified as the Sikh with the turban. Bhagat removes his turban, shaves his beard, and, having changed his appearance, returns to the freedom movement.

4 months later, Bhagat Singh and comrade Batukeshwar Dutt explode a bomb in the Central Legislative Assembly in Delhi as an act of protest. Together with other freedom fighters, including Bhagat's best friend Sukhdev, they are arrested and prosecuted, then thrown in prison. They are incarcerated in the jail at Lahore, where they are continually persecuted and tortured by the prison guards.

After seeing the maltreatment of Indian prisoners, Bhagat and his fellow freedom fighters announce a hunger strike, during which Jatindranath dies. The government gives in and agrees to change the way prisoners are treated. As the case in the killing of Saunders continues, Bhagat and his comrades give poignant speeches in the court condemning British imperialism. Chandrashekhar Azad and Bhagwati Charan Vohra try to help the freedom fighters escape, but the attempt fails, and Bhagwati dies in the process. Chandrashekhar Azad subsequently kills himself (he vowed to never be captured alive) during his encounter with a group of British men in Alfred Park.

When the trial ends, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev are all given death sentences. Fearing public protests, the British secretly send Bhagat Singh and Rajguru to the gallows a day before they are officially supposed to be executed. The men shout: "Long live the Revolution!" just before they are executed.


  • Manoj Kumar as Bhagat Singh
  • Prem Chopra as Sukhdev
  • Anant Marathe as Rajguru
  • Kamini Kaushal as Vidyavati (Bhagat Singh's Mother)
  • Nirupa Roy as Durga Bhabhi
  • Sailesh Kumar as Chail Bihari
  • Manmohan as Chandarshekhar Azad
  • Sarita
  • Pran as Daku Kehar Singh
  • Madan Puri as Jailor
  • Asit Sen as Dhaniram
  • Raja
  • Anwar Hussain as Chhatar Singh
  • Kamal Kapoor as Public Prosecutor – Delhi
  • Krishan Dhawan as Sardar Ajit Singh (Bhagat Singh's Uncle)
  • D. K. Sapru as Sardar Kishan Singh (Bhagat Singh's father)
  • Raj Dewan
  • Indrani Mukherjee as Susheela
  • Karan Dewan
  • S. K. Prem
  • Chaman Puri
  • Kaveri
  • Jagdev
  • Dabboo
  • Iftekhar as Public Prosecutor – Lahore (as Iftikar)
  • Laxmi Chhaya
  • Dev Dutt
  • Pawan Kumar
  • Harshwardhan
  • Waman
  • Praveen Paul
  • Kishore
  • Satish
  • Raj Kishore as Jaygopal
  • Khanna
  • Kamal Dukhia
  • Shamo Kashyap
  • Aalija
  • Sudhir as Yeshwant (uncredited)


Music: Prem Dhawan, Lyricist: Prem Dhawan (except Sarfaroshi ki Tamanna by Bismil Azimabadi)

1"Ai Vatan Ai Vatan Hamko Teri Kasam"Mohammad Rafi
2"Sarfaroshi ki Tamanna"Mohammad Rafi, Manna Dey & Rajendra Mehta
3"Jogi, Ham To Lut Gaye Tere Pyaar Men"Lata Mangeshkar
4"O Mera Rang De Basanti Chola"Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar & Rajendra Mehta
5"Pagadi Sambhaal Jattaa"Mohammad Rafi
6"Watan Pe Marne Wale Zinda Rahega Tera Naam"Mohammad Rafi