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Albela (1951)

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The inspiring saga of the adventurous life of a youth who rose obscurity to fame is narrated so vividly and dramatically that it entertains and instills a confidence in life.

Pyare, a despatch clerk in a commercial firm realisesthat no one is going to push him forward and he must himself step out to go places. Can one born in a poor middle class family having old parents, a marriageable sister, end elder brother earning meagre wages and a sister-in-law take risk and allow his ambition to run riot? That too on the eve of his sister's marriage which requires all their resources? And Pyare did very thing no other would have dared. Pyare got himself dismissed from the job and on returning home was thrown out of the house by his infuriated father.

He vows that he will come to his motherand home only with glory and fame. His natural talents for singing drew him to the foot-lights. He visualised himself a great star on the stage, a cynosure ofthe public. The road to glory was not strewn with roses. Pyareploded on through the thorny road-his goal, fame and honour.

Brave and simple Pyare succeeds in meeting his sponsoring Angel in Asha, a reigning stage Queen. And his natural talents blossom and flower under the patronage of Asha. He reaches the top fame. To Asha he owed everything. She lifted him from the dishwasher to the hero of the stage. Asha too was proud of her discovery. Her kindness to Pyare turned into appreciation and affection-nay something more ! But simple Pyare respected Asha next to his mother. Millions of stage fans crowded to see him, and bowed with smiles before him, and Pyare wanted to rush to his mother to bow before here.

While Pyare was steadily climbing the ladder of fame his home was slowly disintegrating. His sister's marriage was broken off. The shock paralises the aged mother and she dies on the very night of Pyare's first stage success. Then a misunderstanding between the father and elder son compels the father and sister to leave their home and wander in the streets.

It was to such a home Pyare returned with fame and riches. He was shocked and stunned. The man who distributed plesures and happiness to millions on stage could not reach it to his home. He wailed to his brother. "I thought I have got everything brother but I find today that I have been robbed of everything. My mother gone forever, my father and sister wandering in the street? Why this cruel joke on me? What happened to the monthly remittances I was making from the very beginning of my stage career?... "The brother too was surprises. Where was the monthly remittances going? Who else but his wife could have received it? What is the secret denouement and the reunion of the estranged father and sister related on the screen with verve and gusto in ALBELA makes it the most delicious, musical comedy yet.