Garam Coat ( was a 1955 Indian Hindi drama film, directed by Amar Kumar and written by noted writer Rajinder Singh Bedi, adapted from the short story, The Overcoat (1842) by Nikolai Gogol. Bedi set the story in the economic turmoil of the post-partition North India, also experiencing a collapse in human values, fractured social fabric and growing cynicism towards the state. However, beyond that, the story of the film diverges from the original, Bedi took the story to a completely different development and also gives it an optimistic ending, unlike the original where the protagonist turns into a ghost. The film starred Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Jayant, Brahm Bhardwaj, Rashid Khan, and Vijayalaxmi. Music was by classical singer Pandit Amar Nath, and songs were sung by Lata Mangeshkar.
It was the first film of Cine Co-operative, a production company formed by Bedi along with Balraj Sahni and actress Geeta Bali in 1954, however when the film didn’t do well commercially, he went back to writing screenplays for other directors, like Madhumati (1958) and Anuradha (1960). His next film as a producers came in 1962, Rungoli.
The film won the 1955 Filmfare Award for Best Story for Rajinder Singh Bedi.
Directed by Amar Kumar
Produced by Rajinder Singh Bedi
Screenplay by Rajinder Singh Bedi
Story by Rajinder Singh Bedi
Based on The Overcoat
by Nikolai Gogol
Starring Balraj Sahni
Music by Pandit Amarnath
Majrooh Sultanpuri (lyrics)
Cinematography Vaikunth Kunkalekar
Edited by Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Balraj Sahni as Girdharilal ‘Girdhari’
Nirupa Roy as Geeta
Jayant as Sher Khan
Brahm Bhardwaj as Jewelery shop owner
Rashid Khan as Munnilal