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Pavitra Papi (1970)

  • Release Date1970
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time151 min
  • Length4450.40 meters
  • Number of Reels18
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number60766
  • Certificate Date14/05/1970
  • Shooting LocationRajkamal Kalamadir, Mehboob Studio

“If you commit a sin for someone’s good, you are not a sinner. Such sin is pious. It makes you a ‘sacred sinner’…”

 When Pannalal said this to Kidar he had come a long way from the set rules of sin and sanctity.

 He had given his all at the altar of sacrifice.

 Holding himself responsible for Pannalal’s death, Kidar sacrificed all his happiness for the sake of Pannalal’s family and his honour. In the process he allowed Veena whom he loved most to be drawn apart from him.

 Was this a sin?

 He did not let Maya know that she was now a widow. By this single act of lying, he had spared her a thousand sorrows.

 Was this a sin?

 He had robbed the mean and miserly Attarchand of some of his wealth and put that money to a noble end.

 Was this a sin?

 If these acts of Kidar were sinful, then he was a sinner.

 But if all these acts had something noble, something sacred about them, then he was a Sacred Sinner, a ‘PAVITRA PAPI’.

(From the official press booklet)