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Insaaf (1956)

  • Release Date1956
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Length3945.33 meters
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-17978-MUM
  • Certificate Date18/10/1956
  • Shooting LocationMovie Crafters Private Ltd., (Central Studios) Bombay-7.

"INSAAF" means Justice. One might succeed, for some time, to escape from the punishment for his evil deeds - but in the end Justice always prevails - particularly the justice of God is inevitable Greed of pomp and power, wealth and worldly pleasures, often drag human beings to the path of sins. History is replete with examples of such crimes and horrible sins.

Sabra, a poor widow, was not exception, when the king, on the sudden demise of his Queen, entrusted her with the sacred duty of bringing up the baby Crown Prince for 12 years. The Queen had died just after delivering a son - and the King was told not to see the Prince for 12 years, because of bad stars of the child. She assured the king of her faith-fully carrying out her duty. But one day - the Satan of Greed, entered her heart and instigated her to change her own son in the robes of Prince Salim and the Prince in the dress of her son, Yusuf. After 12 years she presented her own son as Prince Salim before the king and the real Prince stayed with her as her son Yusuf.

When Salim reached the age of 25 the king went on a pilgrimage, advising him to look after the governance of the state justly and lawfully, in his absence and under the guidance of the wise and loyal wazir Jaffer Beg. The king, before his departure, had also taken a decision for the marriage of the Prince with Shabnam, the beautiful daughter of wazir Jaffer Beg. But the Prince was caught in the pseudo love of an enchanting dancer, Zarina and desired to make her his Queen. On the other hand, Yusuf grew up to be a young patriot and a staunch fighter for justice. He could not tolerate the oppressive rule and gruesome atrocities of the Prince, on the meek, half-starved people. When he fought for the peoples rights and demanded justice from the Prince and became popular Hero in the name of Janbaz, he was branded as an outlaw and an enemy of the Crown. Shabnam also fell in love with the brave and handsome Janbaz. The Prince ultimately suceeded in arresting Janbaz and ordered him to be hanged to death. Sabra approached the Prince Salim (in fact her own son) and pleaded pathetically to pardon Janbaz. But Salim and Zarina kicked her out. The king, on his return from the pilgrimage, was straightway sent to prison and tortured, for he did not give his consent to make Zarina the Queen. Zarina and the Prince planned for the coronation and marriage. Did Janbaz die? Did the evil plans of the Prince succeed? What was the fate of the King, Sabra and Shabnam? See this heart warming story of life, love, blood and sword on the silver screen.


(From the official press booklet)



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