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Naag Champa (1976)

  • Release Date1976
  • GenreFantasy
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time132 mins
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-81482-MUM
  • Certificate Date4/5/1976
  • Shooting LocationBasant Studio, Jyoti Studio

Since time immemorial devilish powers have been striving to gain immortalship. No wonder, magician Vaital too was after it. On failing to get any clue to Naag Champa, Vaitel mercilessly killed the prince of Naagraj who cursed him that the same kid in rebirth will destroy him! Vaital prayed his deity to save him who revealed a solution that if the first would-be child of King Dharmpal's daughter Ganga, when he gets 10 years old, is sacrificed to him on the Diwali day, only the bathing by his blood will make him immortal.

Princess Ganga, a staunch devotee of Naag Devta, was once attacked by a wild bird, when Prince Mahesh rescued her and won her love. At the other end, Ranjit the wicked Senapati of Dharmpal had an eye on Ganga. Finding him ambitious to marry Ganga and gain the throne, Vaital promised him the fulfillment, and conspired with him to abduct the would-be child of Ganga.

Cursed by a sage King Dharmpal had gone blind. Prince Mahesh who moved out with his friend Gulab to restore the eyesight luckily came across the same age, who told him to secure miraculous Jyotimani from Mayavati of Mayanagari. Mathesh cleverly stole it, the eyesight was restored...and Ganga was wedded to Mahesh, but the infuriated Mayati turned Mahesh into a stone horseman, and threw Ganga in a river, while Ranjit got the King and the Queen imprisoned!

Through the waters Ganga reached Naaglok and was blessed with the glimpse of Naagraj. She gave birth to a charming prince and after a little period returned back to her husband who had turned into stone where magician Vaital knocked away her son, turned into a doll and brought them to his magical cave for the fulfillment of his ambition to be immortal.

When Mayavati learnt from her deity Bhairavi Maa that Ganga was her sister, she seduced Ranjit to reveal her whereabouts and rushed to the secret cave of Vaital, where with the help of the Prince she freed her sister Ganga and also parents King and Queen.

With the blessings and guidance of Naag Devta the child prince set out in search of Naag Champa to relieve hi father from the curse. Vaital chased him playing all his magical tricks to fail him and fulfill his wicked plot.

In this race of 'good' and 'evil' who triumphed ultimately? What daring deeds the Prince passed through? Who finally secured Naaga Champa? For the amazing answer to this many other curious questions better see "NAAG CHAMPA" the most exciting and entertaining magical spectacle of all time.

(From the official press booklet)



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