Awara hoon – Mukesh – Shankar Jaikishan – Raj Kapoor | Aawara (1951)


Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Awara hoon, featured in the movie, Aawara (1951). The song has been analyzed based on the context and visualization.

Movie – Aawara (1951)

The song, Awara hoon, was featured in the RK Films’ romcom-cum-social drama, Aawara (1951), produced and directed by Raj Kapoor. The movie starred Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Prithviraj Kapoor, Leela Chitnis and others.

Affluent district judge, Raghunath (Prithviraj Kapoor), is of the staunch opinion that criminals are born and circumstances do not have anything to do with the career-choice of a young person. Once day, he takes his wife, Leela (Leela Chitnis), on a date via a boat on the sea. Some fishermen sing this song at this point.

Just to prove a point, Jagga (K N Singh), who had kidnapped Leela at the beginning of her pregnancy, makes sure that Leela is thrown out of her husband’s home and that Raghunath and Leela’s son, Raj, grows up in penury and under Jagga’s instructions takes to crime for a living. Now in his 20s, Raj (Raj Kapoor) comes out of the prison, saying that if he had received food outside the prison as a child, he would never have become a thief. Raj sings this song as he comes out of the prison as an efficient pickpocket.

Song – Awara hoon

The lyrics of this song, Awara hoon, were penned by Shailendra and set to music by Shankar-Jaikishan.

The song goes, “I am wayward or I am one of those star signs, which is moving in such a way that the native of the star sign has fallen into bad times.”

Video – Awara hoon

Cinematography is by Radhu Karmarkar.

The video opens with Raj Kapoor, in the guise of the Indian Tramp (a la Charlie Chaplin), walks on the footpath after picking the pocket of one of the people walking on the footpath. He also bumps into a South Indian and takes off with a small pocket watch.

Raj Kapoor tries to hitch a ride on a small pickup truck filled with Maharashtrian fisherwomen, who throw him out of the truck. He lands where he is supposed to reach and plays with some children, before ending the song and moving toward his destination.


Mukesh sings this song for Raj Kapoor. Some other actors are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

The song does not have any specific cultural influence on it. There are some hints toward Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here