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Bansari (1943)

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Behari, son of ShethGovindlal had gone to England for his studies. He was reported to be returning from that place. Just about this time an incident occurred in the life of his father. ShethGovindlal had some time back gone to the hills. There he had some disagreement with a shopkeeper. Angry at the presumption of the man ShethGovindlal determined to teach him a lesson. In the course of that the shopkeeper failed in his business. Upto that ShethGovindlal found the matters going to his taste. But the poor shopkeeper died due to the shock of failure. Just before his death he asked the now repentant ShethGovindlal to take care of his only daughter Shobha.

Determined to make amends ShethGovindlal treated Shobha as his own daughter and brought her to Bombay. Shobha, there, saw a photo of Behari and straightway fell in love with it and yearned to see the young man whose photo it was. The young man in question returned to his father's home with his friend Kishorilal who introduced Behari to a society girl. Behari fell head over heels in infatuation with this fashionable vamp and began to think of marrying her.

Govindlal on coming to know of this asked Behari to choose either of the two alternatives: Either he married Shobha forthwith or he felt his house for ever without a pie of his money. Kishorilal advised Behari to marry Shobha to get hold of his father's money and then desert Shobha for his lady-love, to which arrangement the society girl herself was a very willing partner.

ShethGovindlal believed that he had won. But he was amazed when he found that Behari would not leave the society girl even after his marriage with Shobha. Behari in the face of his father's opposition married the girl. As a safeguard ShethGovindlal transferred the whole of his property on the name of Shobha.

And the Hindu wife in the discreet Shobha triumphed and she gave away the whole of the property to her husband who straightway gave it to her new beloved-the fashionable wife.

Now with the money in her hands the society girl no longer felt the same necessity of acting decently to Behari.

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