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Albeli (1955)

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"Pradeep in town" - an announcement in a local newspaper finds Geeta, the daughter of the proprietor of Nan Ching Chung hotel, Mr. Verma, pedalling fast towards the theatre where the show is on. But as ill-lick would have it, she misses him narrowly. However, the same evening they meet again in curious circumstances when she is helping her younger sister Rita to elope and marry he lover Brij, and thus save herself from unwanted attentions of the sneezer, Bahadur Singh. Pradeep led away by Geeta's impromptu story of escaping from goondas takes her to Police Station, where suddenly aware of the thinness of the story Geeta charges Pradeep himself with the kidnapping.

When Rita and Brij come back in the morning to announce their marriage and are tantrums to collect the necessary nerve, there is a great commotion at the house, because the police had rung up to tell her father that Geeta's kidnapping story was a fib. The outraged Pradeep also joins the scene and punishes Geeta right and square but is soon made to repent by a misunderstanding unwittingly created by the father, Mr. Verma. He is led to believe that Geeta and Rita are twins (though in reality are as different as - well, they are different) and he has spent his wrath on the wrong person.

Pradeep is full of explanations and regrets and Geeta enjoys his predicament thoroughly and loves him all the more, for it. Pradeep also finds himself a willing victim of Cupin's shaft and they part cherishing hope that they may soon meet again. And lo! fate brings them together sooner, much sooner then they could have imagined in their fondest dreams. Mr. Vermaalways  finding himself  at his wits end because of Geeta's waywardness, decides to send both the sisters to some such institution where the discipline is strict and regorus. Geeta turning even a hardshipto the best advantage, persuades him to send them to no other place than Kala Nikean where her beau ideal Pradeep is the professor of Light music.

But that is not the end of her troubles. Having speed up her younger sister Rita and Brij to secret honeymoon at Kashmir, she has to summon all her wits, histrionics and duplicity in order to remain the myth that one but sisters are in residence at the academy. She collects a whole train of admirers - some thinking her to be Rita and some Geeta - an puts up a hilarious masquerade, importing much extra-curricular activity into the usually calm precincts of the academy. One day, however, the whole game had to blow up and the aftermath? Well better see it on the screen.