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Satta Bazaar (1959)

  • GenreDrama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time144 min
  • Length4224.9 meters
  • Number of Reels16
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU

Here is a story that wriggles around the “Adverse: out come of gambling and the psychology of a step mother.

Jamuna is married to Ramesh, a well settled business man who has a daughter Kala from his first wife.

Jamuna tries her utmost to be substitute for Kala’s real mother. She gives her love and affection but the girl ridicules her and shows extreme contempt for the new mother. Climax between the relation of the step mother and the daughter reaches when the marriage of Kala is under question. Kala is in love with Shyam. Ramesh opposes this marriage and calls it “an impossibility”, because the lovers have different castes and come from different provinces. Jamuna comes to the rescue of the young lovers. She argues with Ramesh that the world has gone a long way ahead and that entrenched caste prejudices should not be allowed to come in the way of these young innocent lovers. Jamuna succeeds in her just stand, Kala is moved to tears she embraces Jamuna calling ‘Maa’. Kala is engaged to Shyam. ‘Fate has a lot to play’. Ramesh gets entangled with a money crazy gambler Badri Prasad. Satta Bazaar with all its traditional glory, does to Ramesh what it had been doing in the past to human race.

Jamuna denounces gambling and protests but Ramesh does not give up till it lowers him to a down right maniac gambler and ruins him and his family. He becomes a target of society and has to face the brunt of his daughter’s unhappiness and the tortures which his wife and child from Jamuna have to under go.

How eventually the situation is solved which ultimately brings the family together and brings a dawn of realization to Ramesh that gambling and the money procured by it are not the only means of higher and better living.

Shashi Raj.

(From the official press booklet)