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Hamrahi (1963)

  • Release Date1963
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time154 min
  • Length4401.29 meters
  • Number of Reels17
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number66662
  • Certificate Date16/02/1963
  • Shooting LocationKardar Studios, Roop Tara Studios

Public prosecutor Dharmadas has two sons. Elder son Mahesh is married and is a lawyer without a brief. Younger son Shekhar, a dandy playboy, s a medical student in Bangalore. Pursuit of beautiful girls and carnal pleasures is his whole time job and several westernised, sophisticated girls, lured by his charms and wealth, vie with one another flirt him. One such girl, Hema, is extra smart. A real gold-digger, she makes Shekhar write her love-letters and then presents herself and an expectant mother before Shekhar and his father. The ruse is a sheer black-mail but Shekhar's uncle a shrewed judge of men and matters, outsmarts Hema and makes her confess that she was telling a lie Shekhar is now extricated from the clutches of the gold-digger.

Now, though settled in business by his uncle, Shekhar still remains an unrelenting playboy. Woman, the easiest conquest for him, is merely a thing to play about and to forget. One day, however, he comes across a simple Indian girl, Sharada, a teacher, devoted to her job and her poor father. Shekhar follows her but all his attempts are brought to naught by the dogged determination of Sharada. Sharada is one girl he cannot conquer. This is the first defeat of the playboy and this is also the end of the playboy n him. First time Shekhar has discovered love and he has come to learn that aright woman is not a thing to play about. She is an object of love and honour. Overwhelmed by his love for Sharada, he ultimately creates circumstances, whereby Sharada is forced to marry him.

On the wedding night, however, Sharada bluntly tells him, "You have succeeded in conquering my body but you will never succeed in winning my love". This stunning remark transforms Shekhar into a spirited strong-willed man. He swears "Whatever may happen I will not touch you, till I win your heart".

Is Shekhar successful in keeping the sacred pledge he has himself undertaken? Doesn't the behaviour   of the married couple, who live like bachelors, create complications in the household? Do both Shekhar and Sharada succeed in their search for love and human values?

For the answers please see HAMRAHI.

(From the official press booklet)



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