Ispired by Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, after success of Film Shaheed, Manoj Kumar turned to direction and crested a Blockbuster of 1967 where he played both a kisan and jawan. Film got 9 nominations.
Filmfare Best Movie Award- Manoj Kumar
Filmfare Best Director Award- Manoj Kumar
Filmfare Best supporting Award- Pran
Filmfare Best Story Award- Manoj Kumar
Filmfare Best Dialofue Award- Manoj Kumar
Filmfare Lyricist Award- Gulshan Bawra (also played small role
too) for song "Mer Desh Ki Dharti"
Filmfare Best Actor Nomination- Manoj Kumar
Filmfare Best Music Nomination- Kalyanji Anandji
Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer- Mahender Kapoor
National Film Award for Second Best Film-Manoj Kumar
National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer-Mahender