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Aan Baan (1956)

  • GenreRomance
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
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Man is a child and will forever remain one. He will therefore need constant care and affection from a woman. The old Maharani of Shivgarh knew this well, and when she was on the death bed, she entrusted her survivors to the care and attention of her daughter Jai Kumari.

But the family of children that the deceased Maharani bequeathed to the care of Jai was a medley of tempers, as diverse and conflicting as they were bold and intrepid.

Her father was an old warrior who believed unflinchingly in the code of valour. Her elder brother Devsingh believed in coexistence and peace. Her younger brother Amarsingh believed in the diehard tradition of the sword. He felt that his elder brother was too soft and tender to govern the kingdom and uphold the honour of their dynasty, and he, therefore, determined to take over the rulership of the Kingdom from him.

When Devisingh fell in love with Heera a common dancer, Amarsingh sought to dethrone him, using this romance as an excuse but Jai Kumari who had the responsibility of them all, not only came to the rescue should be consummated in marriage. But Amarsingh continued making trouble for the elder brother, and ultimately fell from the graces of the King and was divested of all ranks and also deprived of any further royal favours. Although he had behaved with total lack of consideration for his sister, Jai Kumari came to his rescue also and had him reinstated.

In the meantime, she herself fell in love with Karansingh, Yuvraj of the neighbouring state of Rajgarh with whom her house had an old feud. Marriage was out of the question. Things came to a sharp head when Karansingh took a vow to carry her forcibly from her palace, and was detected and arrested. This aroused the old feud between the two houses afresh and Amarsingh seized this opportunity to rise in revolt against his father and brother; Devsingh and Amarsingh two brothers, now faced each other on the battlefield, while the old Maharajah looked on helplessly, having been crippled in an accident.

Amarshingh won the battle and father and brother were captured and imprisoned. Jai Kumari's duty called her to be at her father's side and volunteered imprisonment with him. When it seemed that evil had won, there was a sudden burst in the dreary clouds and the triumph of good and truth shone forth like lighting.

(From the official press booklet)

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