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Chacha Zindabad (1959)

  • Release Date1959
  • GenreComedy
  • FormatBlack and White
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time146 mins
  • Censor RatingU
  • Shooting LocationGuru Dutt Studios, Kamal Studios, Bombay Talkies

Two retired old men - Justice K.C. Khana and Colonel R.N. Chopra were intimate friends from their childhood and this friendship inherited from past generations. Their extra-ordinary friendship was envied by people.

VINOD was the son of Judge Sahib and RENU the daughter of Colonel Sahib. They were play-mates, schoolmates and were studying together in the college; but, they differed very much in their tastes and habits. Renu was a symbol of Eastern Culture whereas Vinod was ultra-modern. Renu was simple and fond of classical music, whereas, Vinod was totally Westernised and fond of Rock-'N'-Roll. This vast difference in their taste and habits made them qurrel invariably and in such events Judge Sahib was supporting Renu whereas Colonel Sahib used to support Vinod.

Such increasing conflicts between their children prompted the fathers to betroth them; which would naturally strengthen the ties of their generations old friendship. This engagement highly upsetted RENU and VINOD and they anticipated deplorable life if they were married. None of the children could dare oppose the decision of father; hence they unanimously resolved to create certain serious misunderstandings between their fathers and put them to terrible clash. Their plans succeeded. Hatred rapidly grew intense. The envied friends parted. The engagement was revoked. So much so that even the domestic servants were ordered not to meet with each other.

After implementing their plans Renu and Vinod were jubiliant on their success; but quite soon their hearts grew the deep cravings for each other. Their supressed desires unfolded the fact of their loving each other. This now pursuaded them to manipulate the removal of the planted misunderstandings between their fathers and pave a path to achieve the goal of their realised Love.

How did this all happen ... ... how love and emotions re-acted ... how deep rooted sentiments provided bridge on widely engulfed differences ... etc? This all you see on the silver-screen.

(This is a finely weaved drama with the strings of sentiments, emotions and love, decorated with appropriate shades of Fun and Frivolity.)

(From the official press booklet)