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Prisoner of Golconda (1954)

  • Release Date1954
  • GenreAdventure, Drama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Length3247.33 meters
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-10481/54-MUM
  • Certificate Date09/03/1954
  • Shooting LocationFilm Center

In the stormy days of 1942 when every individual of the country was agog with the expectation that something was bound to happen which would end the age-long alien rule, our hero Prem Shanker was posted as a D.S.P. somewhere in Deccan.

He believed in everything that was good and abhorred evil. He thought it his duty to quell that sporadic actions of violence by the people and restore law and order in the country. But when the government retaliation took an ugly turn in the shape of indiscriminate firing etc, he resented against it too. The result? He was branded a rebel and was summarily dismissed.

He met his fiancee and told her the ugly truth. She would gladly bear the shock in the distant and forlorn hope of India being free and then their union taking places as free citizens of a free country. Prem started on his endless journey of struggle, trials, and tribulations with firm faith in his heart.

But soon he was arrested and put into a dark cell of the fort of Golconda as a very dangerous prisoner. His house was burnt his mother was killed. His fiancee Krishna still did not lose faith in him and sat waiting for him. Her father could not prevail over her for marrying someone else.

Prem's men headed by his brother Jinder made one or two abortive efforts to rescue Prem from prison. Jinder was ready to lay his life for the cause of the country and he kept the fire of patriotism burning in the hearts of his companions.

Prem learned about the happenings in the country through the newspaper. He was extremely pained to learn that a wave of communal riots had swept the entire country. Even Krishna fell victim to these atrocious acts of goondas and she was kidnapped. When Prem learned of this in his cell he went almost mad with grief.

At last, just before the declaration of independence, he came out of imprisonment and immediately started in search of Krishna. He found her, a tragic load struggling feebly with life. He brought her to Ashfaq's home and with high hopes, he started to meet the Home Minister for his reinstatement. It was 12th august 1947. India would be free in three days. He would marry Krishna on the independence day. There would be rejoicing all oven.....but?

(From the official press booklet)