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Talaash (1957)

  • Release Date1957
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Length4002.94 meters
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-20028-MUM
  • Certificate Date11/04/1957

AJAY KUMAR, a captain in the Amargadh Military, had no idea what he was venturing into when he set out for Shyampur in answer to an urgent summons from Thakur Ranbirsingh: the man who had divested Ajay’s late father of all his wealth and property.

The old Thakur was now repentant and wanted – in his last day to make amends for the great wrong by bequeathing all his property to Ajay Kumar. But Ranjit Kumar, the Thakur’s henchman, wanted the property for himself; and actually set in motion a dangerous scheme whereby he would acquire the property. In this scheme was to be involved Sitara, a pretty dancer in Ranjit Kumar’s theatre.

Ajay, on the road to Shyampur, came across Tara, a beautiful young woman who turned out to be the runaway bride of (Ajay’s friend) Bhutta’s old uncle. Ajay promised to lodge her with his mother, and-until his return from Shyampur-left her with an old couple in a simple cottage the town limits.

Arriving in Shyampur, Ajay was caught in the mesh of Ranjit Kumar’s scheme. Thakur Ranbirsingh, who had been kidnapped, was murdered and Ajay was charged with his murder. In the meantime, Tara, who had tired of waiting for Ajay, had come to town too and by a strange freak of fate, came into Ranjit Kumar’s clutches. He now decided to use her, instead of Sitara, in his scheme which was to marry her to Ajay just before his hanging, and then to marry the window himself and thus acquire the Thakur’s property.

Did Ranjit Kumar succeed in his scheme? Did Ajay hang for a crime he had not committed? The answer is provided in “Talaash”.

[from the official press booklet]