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Anokha Rishta (1986)

  • Release Date29/08/1986
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time142 min
  • Length3972.25
  • Number of Reels14 reels
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number259
  • Certificate Date27/06/1986

Mary, an inmate of an orphanage run by Nuns is good at studies and is artistically talented. Her education so far has been sponsored by a philanthropist and she completes her schooling bagging a first class in her school final exam. Her sponsor, a rich old man who she has never met but has only corresponded through the nuns passes away, leaving her dreams of college education in shambles. But at the repeated and persistent requests made by the nuns, the son of the old man Mr. Robert Brown (Bob) who is now at the helm of affairs of his father’s business agrees to continue her sponsorship and Mary goes to college.

She makes friends at the college with Sherly, a niece of Bob but she doesn’t know that Bob is her sponsor. She writes to her sponsor she is not told of the death of the old man. That she wants a watch and Bob buys and sends her one. She comes to Bob’s residence to attend her friend Sherly’s birthday party wearing her new watch and Bob comes to know who exactly he is sponsoring. Bob is a confirmed bachelor and Mary is drawn to him by some mysterious force. She makes opportunities to see him under some pretext or other. Conscious of the difference in their ages, Bob treats her overtures with indifference and in fact he tries to turn her attention to Bill, a smart young fellow, the brother of an old friend of his. Bill is employed by Bob in his office to do his friend a favour. Mary has no time for Bill whom she believes is immature and childish. She tells Bob in his face that she wants none but him. But Bob doesn’t relent.

Then Mary decides to yield to the pressures from the Nuns ton join a nunnery in Italy and become a Nun. She writes a final letter to her sponsor expressing her desire to meet him because he has been financing her studies, before she leaves for Italy. Her sponsor refuses with a heavy heart she prepares to leave for Italy.

On the day appointed for her departure, the Mother Superior calls her and tells her that her sponsor has at last changed his mind and was coming to the orphanage to see her after all. Mary is thrilled and runs to the visitors room of the orphanage and who should be there but Bob. Tears trickle down her face but her heart sings with joy and she runs into Bob’s arms.

(From the official press booklet)



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