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Anjali (1957)

  • GenreDrama
  • LanguageHindi
  • Length4328.16 meters
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-20778-MUM
  • Certificate Date29/06/1957
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This episode of Bhikshu Anand, the youngest and the closest disciple of Gautama the Buddha deals with the two girls in love with him, one a chandal girl (untouchable) who fell passionately in love with the monk, because he recognised her as an equal human being by accepting water from her hands and the other a princess who was very greatly impressed by the magnanimity of his radiant personality.

In her eagerness to possess him the chandal girl uses the "tantric" spell and almost destroys the very object she loved so much. On the other hand, the princes sacrifices her life to the great cause he had entrusted himself to. This example of selflessness of her love and sacrifice brings about a complete transformation in the chandal girl, and with the help of Lord Buddha she accepts the way of the eight fold path of life.

The incidents as put forth in this motion picture are based on the Buddhist legends, the available historical facts and those more intimate and dramatic episodes, which historians have failed to record, but have passed from monk to monk through the passage of time.

(From the official press booklet)

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