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Ghar Ghar Me Diwali (1955)

  • Release Date1955
  • GenreSocial
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time144 min
  • Length3947.16 meters
  • Number of Reels14
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number14608
  • Certificate Date11/11/1955

Had Kailash struck to his decision of not going to Jeevanpur to see his dying uncle, he would have escaped many a perilous adventure, including the possibility of being hanged for murder!

Kailash was a gay student of a Banaras College who had told his friends that he was not interested in being at the besides of his dying uncle, Seth Mohanlal, a money-lender, because he did not care to inherit his riches, as they were ill-gotten from the blood and tears of the poor and ignorant villagers. But the same evening Kailash bumped into Kanchan, a pretty damsel.

A romantic pursuit brought him to the charitable hospital at Jeevanpur where his uncle was being treated by Doctor Sohanlal, a philanthropist and father of Kanchan.

Once in Jeevanpur, Kailash discovered three things. Firstly that his uncle Mohanlal was only pretending to be ill, secondly, that the charitable hospital run by Dr. Sohanlal was urgently in need of large funds and thirdly, that the girl of his dreams, Kanchan, would not even smile at him unless he did something impressive. So he persuaded his aunt (a woman charitably disposed in striking contrast to her husband) to declare a donation of twenty-one thousand rupees to the hospital, a declaration that promptly brought Seth Mohanlal out of his sick-bed and evoked a loving smile from Kanchan.

Mohanlal's intention in pretending to be a dying man was that he owed large sums to three Seths of Banaras, who would be ready, under the circumstances, to settle their claims at 25%. As they were signing the receipts of settlement of Doctor arrived to invite Seth Mohanlal to lay the foundation stone of the new wing supposed to be donated by Seth Mohanlal Mohanlal's rude refusal to give charity to the hospital caused the Doctor to have a heart-attack. When the Banaras Seths, wishing to verify the truth about Mohanlal's cardiogram, to be shown to a city specialist. Kailash gave them Dr. Sohanlal's cardiogram instead. The Banaras Seths on showing the cardiogram to a heart specialist learnt that the patient's condition was serious. Kanchan and Kailash came to the same specialist and Kanchan was happy to learn that her father had no heart trouble to cause any anxiety.

The psychological effect of this exchange of cardiograms was that the Doctor started moving about almost like a normal man while Seth Mohanlal began to feel that his heart was sinking day by day. He decided to go to Kashi and sit in the waters of the Ganges at the expected hour of his death.

As Mohanlal entered the waters of the Ganges to expiate his sins he was washed away by the current. All attempts by Kailash to rescue him failed. The relatives of Seth Mohanlal brought a charge of murder on Kailash.

The game that Kailash started for the benefit of the suffering poor, turned against him. Heaven's justice must prevail. But How?

[From the official press booklet]