Pukar (1939)

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I’m in love again. Almost on a Shammi scale, even. I first saw him in Humayan, where his lust for vengeance was constantly thwarted by a target who was nice to him. But his eyes and his bristling manner enchanted me, even then. And now! Chandramohan plays the Mughal emperor Jehangir in Sohrab Modi’s classic Pukar, and he is spectacular. Sometimes I had to stop the film just to sit and gaze at him.

To be fair, the entire film is spectacular. It is overwhelmingly magnificent, a sumptuously visualized and thrillingly plotted tale of love, murder and justice. I will forever be in my friend Muzafar’s debt for sending it to me. He also sent me 1941’s Sikandar, with Prithviraj Kapoor! These two films along with 1943’s Prithvi Vallabh form a trilogy directed and produced by Modi, and I feel so lucky to be able to see them. Again though, it really begs the question: why haven’t these treasures been restored, subtitled and put on DVD? Why?? I don’t know if I want to live in a world where Gunmaster G9’s shenanigans take precedence over this masterpiece!

Anyway. Pukar is subtitled, to my great joy. I missed a lot of context in Prithvi Vallabh and I know I will in Sikandar too—Sohrab Modi’s dialogues are justifiably famous, and they are amazing in this (and sometimes pretty funny). This post is really long and fairly detailed, even for long-winded me: it’s just too good a film and too hard to find not to share. You’ve been warned!

The story opens with a man ringing a bell that Jehangir has installed. Anyone with a grievance can ring it, and the emperor will give him a hearing and dispense justice. This man’s son has been murdered, and Jehangir quickly pronounces judgment on the culprit: a life for a life.

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Can you imagine being a guy who can grant life or inflict death, and who is preceded by these pronouncements every time he leaves his room and walks through the palace?

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Jehangir can!

His soldiers are practicing their sword and archery skills on the palace grounds, but one of them is missing. He is Mangal Singh, son of Sangram Singh, and one of his friends jokes that he is romancing the daughter of his father’s sworn enemy Uday Singh. Hearing this, Uday Singh’s son Ranjit rides home in a fury, where Mangal (Sadiq Ali) is indeed meeting the lovely Kunwar (Sheela) on the sly.

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In true Rajput tradition, pride and honor propel Ranjit into chasing Mangal Singh down. Mangal doesn’t want to fight, but Ranjit attacks him anyway, and Mangal is forced to fight in self-defense. Back at home a desperate Kunwar begs her father to stop Ranjit and tells him that she loves Mangal. It doesn’t help; enraged, Uday Singh chases after the boys as well and arrives just as Mangal kills Ranjit after a thrilling sword fight on horseback (beautiful beautiful horseback).

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Uday, too, forces Mangal to fight him, and although Mangal does his best to fight only defensively, he wounds Uday Singh badly. Thinking him dead, Mangal rides home wounded himself, to his parents. He explains what has happened to his father Sangram Singh (Sohrab Modi). Sangram Singh is proud of Jehangir’s tradition of justice, and he is relieved when he hears Mangal’s story.

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Uday Singh arrives at this point, bleeding badly, and demands an audience with Sangram Singh. He wants Sangram to turn over his son, but Sangram insists that they go to Jehangir and let justice take its course.

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They debate over this for a while, Sangram trying to convince the enraged Uday Singh that it’s better to seek the emperor’s decision. But Mangal’s mother Shobha (Jilloo), listening from the next room, convinces Mangal to run. The two men hear him galloping away; Uday accuses Sangram Singh of engineering his son’s escape and storms out. I have to admit, I find the bloodthirsty old man hilarious.

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Furious (and humiliated), Sangram Singh chastises his wife for her part in this drama.

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Meanwhile, Uday Singh has made his way to the palace where Jehangir and his beloved Empress Noor Jehan (Naseem Banu) are playing chess in the zenana—with live women as chess pieces. It’s FAB.

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They are interrupted when Uday Singh rings the bell of jusice, but he dies before Jehangir can get to him. Jehangir decides to investigate on his own, and tells his men to bring Ranjit Singh to him. Ranjit of course can’t come, so Kunwar is brought in front of the emperor and empress. She valiantly tries to protect her beloved Mangal by professing ignorance of anyone with a motive to kill her brother and father.

Her efforts are thwarted by Sangram Singh himself, who comes to tell Jehangir that his son is the culprit. He is confident that justice will prevail, and vows to find Mangal and bring him before the court. Jehangir reassures Kunwar that she will get justice for her father and brother:

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The poor Rajput women in this film! The men pay them no heed at all, except to scold them. Noor Jehan asks Sangram Singh to take poor bereft Kunwar under his guardianship, since she now has no men to protect her. He agrees and Kunwar is happy with the arrangement too. A word about Naseem Banu here: her beauty is legendary, so I was curious to see her. She indeed was absolutely lovely, and in fact reminded me quite a bit of her daughter Saira—even their voices are similar (although somehow she wasn’t as annoying). Very fun indeed to see her!

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Anyway, Mangal has fled to Delhi, where a friend has taken him in. He sends a messenger to let his parents know that he is all right and tells the messenger to ask at the dhobi colony for Rani, his family’s washerwoman. She will show him the way to Sangram Singh’s palace at Agra. This gives us a chance to see poor villagers at play; there is some sort of festival or something happening, and the dhobiwalas are trying to convince Rani to dance for them.

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Hilarious! They tease her into dancing for them, and it’s fun to see the contrast between their easy ways and the rigid formality of the Mughal and Rajput palaces, where the woman are hidden at all times behind veils and curtains. Certainly it looks a bit more fun to be Rani than it does to be Kunwar or even Noor Jehan.

She takes the messenger to see Sangram Singh. The messenger is a tall glass of water!

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He seriously towers over everyone and everything, and his poor head gets cut off in a few frames. Sangram Singh goes with him to Delhi to bring his son back. This engenders another hilarious little episode illustrating Rajput pride—Mangal’s friend Haider insists on living up to his Rajputian (is that a word?) duty as a host.

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Haider attacks Sangram, wounding Mangal when he throws himself in between.

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Not part of his stringent duty as host, apparently. I laugh and laugh, and have to wonder if this may be Modi’s way of taking the piss out of that macho code of honor and duty. This entertainment is what deprivation of subtitles costs me.

In any case (I know this is getting long) Jehangir finds himself unable to reconcile Mangal’s running away with his protestations of innocence, especially when Mangal’s excuse for running enrages him.

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Well—apparently it is, because he finds Mangal guilty and sentences him to die at the end of the holy month, despite the pleas of Sangram Singh for mercy. Coming from Sohrab Modi as they do, those pleas are pretty eloquent too. Poor Sangram! He returns with the news to Kunwar and wife Shobha, who takes the opportunity to get a little of her own back at him.

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(I think that theirs is not a happy marriage.) Kunwar sets off to see if she can convince Noor Jehan to plead with Jehangir on her behalf, passing washerwoman Rani (Sardar Akhtar) and the other washerfolk as she goes. They are singing and washing clothes at the river, and it looks so lovely and (relatively) carefree.

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They see Kunwar’s carriage pass and figure out where she’s going. A discussion about a wife’s influence on her husband ensues, and it’s very cute.

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In the zenana, the ladies in waiting are teasing the eunuch Bijli who is in charge. All this comic relief is nice and not at all CSP-like!

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Then gorgeous Noor Jehan enters. I want to screen cap every frame, honestly. Her crown alone is to DIE for.

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She is practising her archery skills from her balcony and philosophizing with her ladies when Kunwar arrives. She hears Kunwar out, and is clearly very sympathetic, but doesn’t give her much hope.

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Kunwar leaves, and Noor Jehan continues her archery practice. Aiming at a flying bird, she lets an arrow fly—and it pierces the back of Rani’s washerman husband, killing him instantly.

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Passing the river again on her way home, Kunwar hears the commotion of the wailing dhobiwalas and asks her coachman to find out what’s happened. The men tell him that an arrow from the palace has killed Ramu and Kunwar puts two and two together.

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She races home to tell Sangram Singh. She is sure that Jehangir won’t be able to sentence his beloved Empress to death!

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But are they underestimating Jehangir’s firm belief in his principles of law and justice? Or Noor Jehan’s in fairness and equity? She has gone to ask her husband for mercy for Mangal Singh, but despite a good effort hasn’t been able to change his mind about how rigidly the law should be applied.

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His last words to her before Sangram Singh and Rani ring the bell of justice are to say that she’d better hope she never has to face his court:

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Oh beautiful Jehangir! Oh beautiful Noor Jehan! You are certainly cornered now. The Empress is no less principled than her husband. Later she tries to give him courage.

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Can you tell that I just can’t stop screen capping? Can Jehangir stick to his guns and sentence his beloved to death? Even if he can’t, will she let him get away with it?

Every frame is a marvel. Watching, it feels like you’ve traveled back in time to Jehangir’s Agra. The details are fascinating, and the story compelling. Some of the speeches go on a bit, but I didn’t get bored for one instant. In history, Jehangir is noted for his sense of fairness and for justice. This is a great story (fiction though it may be) explaining how he learned to temper justice with mercy.

And Chandramohan—my Chandramohan! I must find out more about you! (I did not need another thing (or person) to obsess over.)

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66 Comments to “Pukar (1939)”

  1. Having the honor of leaving the first comment… all ye bombayites who went to school in the 70s will remember the Doordarshan (state TV) run of this movie on Sunday night. I was knotted in the suspense of this film and really felt sad for Sohrab Modi (You got to check out Kundan)… I had vaguely thought that Jehangir was the guy with the green eyes in DOn and Deewar (Sapru?)… but am amazed this is a 1939 movie… Chandramohan.. hmm.. will find out more from him in the following posts from you.. Memsaab..

  2. You might be thinking of Kamal Kapoor, who looks very like him (only less handsome and charismatic, ha ha—see? I’m off and running with my new crush). Chandramohan died young in 1949 or so *sad* but I do have a few more films of his in my stash. He worked for V Shantaram at Prabhat too, for instance. So do watch out for more of him!

  3. Naseem Banu’s beauty and Sohrab Modi’s ringing eloquence is all I remember from watching this on TV long ago. And this was from 1939 – just three years down the road from Achhut Kanya?!! And it looks like a great print, too. I wonder where I can get my hands on a DVD of this… And I’d love to hear about Sikander too. I’ve NEVER seen young Prithviraj Kapoor!

    PS: Does you new crush mean that Shammi is now up for grabs by the rest of us? ;-)

    • It’s such a beautiful and interesting film, has gone right up there with my favorites of all time. I cannot thank Muz enough for it! I will be posting about Sikandar too—young Prithviraj is to die for as well, and is so much like Shashi in looks and manner that it’s amazing.

      And please to note that I said Chandramohan is *almost* on par with Shammi. So—No. He is not up for grabs :)

      • I can hardly wait to see your review of Sikandar! I remember watching a very brief clip of it eons ago, and thinking how handsome Prithviraj Kapoor looked.

        What I found esepcially interesting, from your review of Pukar are some of the details that may seem kitschy but are actually true (or there is historic evidence that they may be true!) – the bell of justice, for instance, and the emperor playing `chess’ using live people. A film that does that much research deserves to be better known (and put on DVD!)

        • Coming today :) I watched it yesterday and it was fascinating although sadly all the long speeches went right over my head. But my god, Prithviraj…words fail me.

          Sohrab Modi was famous for his meticulous research and for bringing authentic detail to the screen. Bless him.

  4. Hey Greta!!! GREAT review!!! :-) Reading it made me appreciate the film even more than I did before (and it is one of my favourite films). The DVD was created from a Pal VHS that I had recorded from the screening of the movie on Channel 4 in the UK. They always managed to find great prints of old films! I have only seen two Chadramohan films, this one and Amritmanthan (I saw that in the London film festival a couple of years ago). Seeing Chandramohan on the big screen you get a real appreciation of how enigmatic he was and how director’s made great use of his eyes. Anyone who wants a copy of the DVD please let me know. I also have an unsubtitled version of Achhut Kanya – have yet to convert it to DVD to tide me over until we get some decent quality releases on DVD (when??? *sigh*)

    • The quality is just wonderful Muz. I watched it all again last evening with Carla (Filmi Geek) and her husband, and was just as enraptured! I guess Chandramohan is also in Amar Jyoti which I have (although w/o subs).

      I would be very happy to have a copy of Achhut Kanya when you convert it, hint hint :-) I am a huge fan of Ashok K. and have always wanted to see Devika Rani in action as well!

    • Would you really??!!! Please, please I’d definitely love to have one. How do we go about it? And thanks a ton for being so generous. :-)

    • My reply to your post is below memsaab’s post.
      I must have clicked the wrong link, unless this is how it should be. If so then you’ll find my ‘alert’ again below memsaab’s.

      I’m so eager for you not to overlook it. :-/

    • OK so that’s how it is. *blushing with embarassment*

    • I really would appreciate your help in getting a copy of the 1939 version of “Pukar”. It is for my uncle who lives in Germany and is now in his late 80s. He has happy memories of seeing it as a young man when it was first released.

  5. memsaab..aapka to jawab hi nahin. Have to admire your dedication in finding out all these old and “forgotten” movies.
    And Chandrmohan looks kinda scary ;)

  6. I saw the movie in the early 80s on DD in Bombay, When the Bombay DD made a special Sunday series on him and Bimal Roy. It was called ‘Athith ke Jharokon Se’.
    And I was fascinated by Chandramohan and Sohrab Modi.
    The other films in this series were ‘Sikandar’, ‘Prithvi Vallabh’, Jailor (with the lovely Geeta Bali) and Kundan (with Nimmi and young Sunil Dutt!).
    BTW, there is this movie, Amrit Manthan by V. Shantaram, where you see only Chandramohan’s eyes while he speaks and never his face (very dramatic, I’m sure you will appreciate it!). He plays the chief priest of some cult. Though very dramatic, I found it very entertaining in my early teens.

    “I don’t know if I want to live in a world where Gunmaster G9’s shenanigans take precedence over this masterpiece!”

    But we do, don’t we? And I think enthusiasts like you and others liek Muz will push the world to be a better place with good films being restored and subtitled and appearing on DVD. Just like others try to do it with the environment [I mean a better environment and not restored and subtitled environment on DVD ;-)]

    “Can you imagine being a guy who can grant life or inflict death, and who is preceded by these pronouncements every time he leaves his room and walks through the palace?”

    I think the poor fellow really thought that he was all those things. Despots do!

    Isn’t Naseem Banu beauuuuuutttttttiful? Way more than Saira.

    I think half of the hindi films wouldn’t have been made if it were not for good ol’ pride and honour. ;-)

    “and wife Shobha, who takes the opportunity to get a little of her own back at him.”
    Poor lady has no other means of defence than the taunts.

    Thanks for the review!

    • If DD and the BBC can air these films, surely they could be put on DVD relatively easily, hai na? I would love to find Amrit Manthan one of these days :) I do have one or two others that Chandramohan was in, so will def. have a look at them soon!

      Naseem Banu is gorgeous. And her outfits and jewels! Simply astounding. But I have to say that Saira does look and sound very like her mother.

      • DD is actively digitalizing its archives now. But even they concede that some of the stuff may have been lost for ever.
        You might find this interesting

        This is how these movies (in this case Wadia Movietone’s The Court Dancer (1941)) were shown on Doordarshan in the 80s.

        Naseem Banu looks beautiful, just like those paintings of Noor Jehan !

        • Oh what a link Vinayak! THANK YOU. She’s posted six excerpts and they speak English! Had only seen a couple of stills from this. I am so glad to know it is still out there.

          Naseem Banu is gorgeous, and the costumes and sets and everything felt so authentic, if one is to judge from old paintings etc. (and why not?) :-)

          • Aha – Raj Nartaki. Channel 4 in the UK also showed this a couple of years ago. I recorded it and I hope that I still have the VHS of it. Will dig around and let y’all know.

          • Muz—is it the English version (I assume so if it’s the UK)? Do dig around for it.

            I feel like Princess Leia: “Help us Obi Wan Kenobi! You’re our only hope!”

          • Naseem Banu seems to have stepped out of a Mughal miniature painting. She looks so like the grand, beautiful ladies depicted in these. Of course. without the light upper-lip hairline seen on so many women in the miniatures. I wonder if this was considered a thing of beauty then :-).

  7. Lovely review.
    Haven’t seen this movie though I have heard abou it. Come to think of it. I cannot recall seeing a single Sohrad Modi movie in my life. In fact, I had only vaguely heard of Chandramohan till now.

    Certainly sounds like a movie very much worth watching. Thanks to you and your reviews, more people will show interest in movies of this era. Most people tend to think that it is way too long back to bother. In the process they miss gems like this.

    • I think you would love this raja…it’s a very intelligent and thoughtful film in addition to all the gorgeousness and historical spectacle. If anything, the theme is more relevant today than ever, too!

  8. Waah. What a fabulous movie it sounds like. I would certainly like to watch this movie if I can get it. And this movie is just 5-6 years newer than the oldest talkies produced in India. Landmark movies ike this need to be brought to the notice of fans and followers of Bollywood movies. This post is a great source of education and information for the followers of Bollywood movies o yore.

    • I didn’t mention the music—there wasn’t a huge amount of it for one thing, although there were several songs and they were nice, and integrated into the film perfectly. Can we start a movement somehow to bring these to light?! I’ll start the fire from here, and you get it going inside India :)

  9. For a Chandra Mohan fix, I highly recommend Mehboob Khan’s “Roti”(1942). The man is mesmerizing(and oh so handsome) as an almost insane with greed Capitalist.

    Although nowhere near Pukar in terms of drama and intensity, I really enjoyed “Noor Jehan”, a 1967 film on the Jehangir- Noor Jehan love story. It has Pradeep Kumar and Meena Kumari in the leads, music by Roshan and lots of Helen.:-)

  10. In addition to Roti, Induna also has VCD of ‘Shakuntla’ by V. Shantaram with Chandramohan.

    The DVD is out of stock but I’m sure will be replenished soon when there is demand. :-)

    I remember my father was a great admirer of Chandramohan and talked a lot about Pukar and Amritmanthan – and his eyes, which he said were very mesmerising.
    We used to listen to him very condescendingly with a tolerant smile, and wonder if he had ever heard of Amitabh :-D
    Now I realise what brats we were.

    • I’ve already asked them to notify me when it’s back in stock (when I’m obsessed, watch out! I waste no time and leave no stone unturned!) :-D

      LOL@your father’s reminiscing and what a brat you were :)

  11. Sadly, for lovers of old movies from all cultures, DVD distributors cannot see any reason to release a disc that will sell only a few thousand copies. They don’t care about history, they don’t care about quality. Paise/dollars/pounds–bas. Whenever dedicated archivists rescue a film that mainstream media conglomerates don’t care about, it’s a victory for all of us. So, it’s important to keep the movie-crazy faith alive!

    • I know you are right, but part of what makes me sad is that they’d only sell a few thousand copies. I would watch this over most of the garbage that’s coming out today if I had to pay for it every time I watched it, like you do with a movie theater release. There are good ones made today, I don’t mean that there aren’t—but not that many that we should be just throwing away old masterpieces.

      *Preaching to the choir!* :-) Sohrab Modi et al Zindabad!

      • I am the choir that you are preaching to. (Sigh).

      • I would be happy to sub-title any good movies out there that are not available yet with sub-titles.
        And would gladly do this for free as a small contribution to a world that has given me so much.
        Not everything has to have a commercial side to it.

        I just would not know how to do it (I am not good with technology and all that).
        If this is legally allowed (I would not see why not), we should form a group who would do this as volunteers.
        Definitely count me in.

        • You would be a great subtitler too :-) Excellent! You can start with Prithvi Vallabh and Sikandar! I do know that subtitling is harder than it looks—the timing has to be difficult to get right in terms of giving the viewer enough time to read them, and to keep them paced appropriately with the scenes. But learning Hindi is TOO HARD :(

    • This is so true and sad. I was looking around for old movies in a very well stocked shop sometime back. I couldn’t find what I wanted, though I knew these had been put on VCDs at least. I had seen them some two years back. The shop assistant told me many distributing companies are curtailing distribution of old Hindi movies because of lack of demand. I think we die-hard old movie fans must band together and find the funds – a like minded VC :-) – to get these films and make a fine portal that provides a lot of info and the movies as well to watch. Could be a revenue generator as well from advertisements :-).

  12. It is a shame that even Doordarshan does not air these movis anymore. Had it not been for DD in the 70s, most of us would not have been exposed to any of these movies. They also did a great job with presenting programmes on Classical music and dance. Ofcourse we used to think that DD was boring then….but looking at the crap that is dished out to us on most channels today, DD in those days was the saviour for India’s classical tradition. Sick of Saas Bahu crap that all Hini channels didh out…Just had to say this…..
    Every week on Saturdays my school would bus us down to an auditorium on Saturday afternoons. It the then that I saw Pukar, Sujata and other movies on on the big screen…they had such an impact on us on then….

    • Even here in the 70s, mainstream channels (now you have to pay a fortune for cable or a dish) would air old Hollywood films. I used to come home from school and settle into the couch and watch a black and white movie instead of doing my homework :)

      Wish they’d showed a Hindi film or two though, then I could have gotten started much earlier!

      ;-)

  13. Wow, an oldie with great subtitles! And, oooohhh, what bling. I covet the crown and sceptre. So much.

  14. Wow..Great Review!!! I saw this film a few years ago, but I didn’t really appreciate it then, I am going to have to watch it again! I love how you use stills to tell the story. Great blog!!!

    Aditi :)

  15. Adding 2 cents about the great actor Chandramohan. His full name was Chandramohan Batal and he was a Bramhin from Jammu. He was very famous for his spontaneous roles and expressive eyes. He was also the mentor of another great actor Motilal.

  16. thats naseem, saira’s mom right? i am addicted to 60’s outfits but i’ve got to say, these post war costumes are gold!

  17. Since you are so fond of Chandramohan, why don’t you try getting Naukar(1943) starring Madam Noor Jehan, Chandramohan and Shobhana Samarth? It has very nice songs by Madam Noor Jehan, and she is a very nice actress.

    Please let me know more about this,

    Vidur

  18. Try getting Roti (1942) from http://www.induna.com, this movie stars Chandramohan with Sheikh Mukhtiar, Sitara Devi and Akhtaribai Faizabadi. In this movie Chandramohan plays quite a cruel character. I just saw it yesterday.

  19. If this would help you, Roti is about a wicked urban man, Seth Lakshmi something(Chandramohan), who is the villian and hero of the story. He slyly becomes rich(as he is originally sort of a beggar) and wishes to marry a woman(sorry, I forgot her name but the actress is Akhtaribai Faizabadi) and in a plane accident they land up in a jungle. Two tribals, Balam(Sheikh Mukhtiar) and…again I forgot her name too(Sitara). They don’t want the urban people to leave, although the man is too eager to leave. They eventually do, and the tribals’ efforts to bring them back fail. Then with great difficulties, as they are strangers to the city, and being unable to find a job due to the use of machines, and also with terrible mishaps like Balam getting arrested, in the end the tribals go back to their jungle. Then in a desert, after the death of the girl, the Seth passes away happily with his money and beloved(!!!!!!!).

    Well, actually I didn’t like the movie that much or Chandramohan’s charachter(sorry). I like the songs of the 40s, with singers like Noor Jehan, Shanta Apte, Amirbai, Zohrabai, Shamshad, etc. but I will have to admit that the songs of this movie were very very wierd, although Sardar Akhtar(who sang for Sitara) had a nice voice. And most of all, the costumes very horrible and too scanty.

    I also bought Shakunatala(1943) recently and watched it on last Saturday. It has nice songs by Jaishree, Amirbai and Zohrabai. The movie is a remake of the Tamil Shakuntala in the same year starring Madam M.S. Subbulakshmi, another of my favourites(unfortunately I can’t get hold of that). I listened to Jaishree for the first time and like her voice. It is a nice movie and I reccomend it. But I bought it from moserbaer which is for sale in India only.

    In this link,

    http://roughinhere.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/i-would-also-love-to-see-dost-1944-starring-noor-jehan-and-motilal/

    I have requested you for Zeenat. Could you please, please share a copy?

    • Thank you for that synopsis…No wonder I couldn’t understand it!!!! Even with subs I might not :)

      You can get the Zeenat dvd here (they ship worldwide and are very reliable):

      http://store.nehaflix.com/zeenatdvd.html

      I think it is a different one than the one you are looking for though. It stars Tabassum and I think it’s a later vintage…sorry.

  20. You want to find more about Chandramohan ?

    In a Hindi newspaper, lots of coverage was given to Chandramohan by a movie history buff. I can translate the lengthy two parts article and send to you if you are interested.

  21. Please check your email for the first part.

  22. About Pukar my father used to say throughout his life time that if you will have an opportunity to watch never miss this film.I remember watching this film “Pukar” in Paris George Pompidou centre during Indian film festival in 1983. Thanks for all the best conseille .

  23. Great review!

    We’re linking to your article for Bollywood Crime Drama Tuesday at SeminalCinemaOutfit.com

    Keep up the good work!

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