indian cinema heritage foundation
  • Release Date1966
  • GenreRomance, Drama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time152 mins
  • Length4403.80
  • Number of Reels16
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number83063
  • Certificate Date10/03/1977
  • Shooting LocationMohan Studios, Roop Tara Studios

There are some people who wish to pass off for something unique assuming such superiority that sooner or later becomes an incurable disease with them. RAMANATH was one such unfortunate case. His father, DAYANATH, served in the Allahabad District Court as a Munshi. He was humble and an honest man. He belonged to that class which could just afford either to wear clothes at the risk of going hungry or to sacrifice clothes for a square meal. For such a man, to maintain four or five members of a family plus preserving one's status, in itself, was no mean achievement.

RAMANATH was just the reverse, he started living under the constant shelter of falsehood, first at the cost of his friends and then at his own cost. JALPA, the only daughter of her parents had an obsession for ornaments right from her childhood. She got married to Ramanath and on their bridal night, Ramanath lost no time in impressing upon her that his father was an exceptionally rich man. She was naturally delighted and started making demands for more and more ornaments That lie which RAMANATH told his wife became the forerunner of his countless lies which brougth him utter ruin and damnation.

RAMANATH had not much education; it was through the influence of RAMESHBABU that he could get a petty job of a Tax-collector in the Municipality. It was quite obvious that he could not maintain his ornament crazy wife on his meagre earnings. So he started taking bribes and even these bribes could not cope up with her demands and requests.

GANGU, the jewellar, notorious for his cunning.... made a fool of RAMANTH. He started giving ornaments to him, on credit. With the result, RAMANATH got into such hot waters that he was forced by the circumstances to embezzle the money from the Municipality. Scared of getting arrested on the charge of embezzlement he left his home and finally took refuge in Calcutta in the house of DEVIDEEN KHATIK. Fate has a way of laying a trap for the weak and the foolish. One day, poor RAMANATH crept out of his shelter to post a letter to his wife - a Police constable accosted him and asked him 'Who are you'. RAMANATH blurted out yet another lie with the result he landed up in the Police Station.

The incorrigible liar became a puppet in the hands of the Police. Under duress and also tempted by the offer of a glorious future, he turned into an approver. He betrayed his friend DINESH, the leader of the revolutionaries, to the gallows and DINESH'S colleagues to heavy sentences of imprisonment.

What happened to the young revolutionaries - what fate did they meet in the end? What happened to the cowardly RAMANATH? Did he pay a heavy price for his huge lie? If not, why not? And what happened to JALPA?

This is the story of GABAN.

[from the official press booklet]