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Afsana (1951)

  • Release Date1951
  • GenreDrama, Family
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time168 mins
  • Length4265.67 meters
  • Number of Reels16 reels
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-17435/56-MUM
  • Certificate Date14/04/1956
  • Shooting LocationThe M & T Studios Ltd, Kurla Road, Andheri

Chaman and Ratan were twin brothers. It was hard to distinguish between them-except for the scar on Ratan's left shoulder.

Both loved Meera, a girl living in their neighbourhood. Meera preferred Ratan to Chaman, because the former was kind and gentle. In their childhood, Meera and Ratan planned a lifetime of love. But fate, destined otherwise and the two innocent lovers were swept apart before they had gone very far in life.

Ratan was lost in the village mela and given up as dead. But Meera continued to nurse her love and waited for his return. Chaman inherited his father's immense wealth, and it made him haughty, ruthless and hard. But he had a soft spot for Meera and he wanted her. But Meera waited for her childhood lover Ratan.

Her Ratan! Fate made him Ashok - the popular Magistrate of Gorakhpur-simple and kind, with a memory in which the past found no place. He had lost his memory on the night of the mela and he remembered nothing of his childhood. His new life was peopled by Leela, his beautiful wife and his rich friend Mohan. He loved them both and found himself happy in the belief that they also loved him. It mattered little to him to see his wife and Mohan always together-he never suspected the illegal romance that was going on between them. And then, one day he had to go to Mussoorie on an official business. Into the same hotel came Chaman, a fugitive from justice. When Chaman saw Ratan, now Ashok, with just beard between them, he decided to foist the murder on Ashok.

We will leave on you at this stage, because, it is difficult to go further without indulging in long details. The two brothers, so completely alike except for the beard which Ashok wore-face each other without knowing each other's identity.

Does Chaman kill his brother? Does Ratan live to see the misdeeds of his wife and friend? Does he meet Meera, who had been waiting for him? Does he recognise her? We leave you to guess all this and the rest of it.

(From the official press booklet)




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