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Char Dil Char Rahen (1959)

  • Release Date1959
  • GenreRomance
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time160 min
  • Length4867.35 meters
  • Number of Reels18
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number28170

Three love stories are portrayed simultaneously in this film. Govinda, a Brahmin by religion, upon returning from the city, rekindles his friendship with his old friend, an untouchable, Chavli. Naturally, they are prevented from getting married because of the difference in their social standing. Chavli is driven out of the village and Govinda waits for her at a crossroads consisting of four roads. On the other hand, another story unravels. Nawab, feeling betrayed and stripped of his kingdom and power, decides to move to Bombay and asks Pyari to go with him. Helpless, she agrees until Dilawar speaks to her and asks her to marry him, despite his financial condition. Pyari, who is in love with Dilawar, upon returning home, learns that her mother is in debt. She speaks to her mother and tells her that she wants to marry Dilawar and not Nawab, even though Dilawar is not financially secure. However, Dilawar disagrees to take Pyari’s mother along with them. Pyari decides to settle there and wait for the day Dilawar is ready to accept both her mom and her. She sets up a shop near the crossroads and waits for Dilawar to change his mind and return. Simultaneously, Johnny, who is in love with Stella gets a job at a hotel as a housekeeper and works hard. However, his boss, Mr. Ferreira frames and exploits him which leads to Johnny being sent to jail. After his sentence in jail, an ignorant Johnny visits his boss and learns that Stella is now Mrs. Ferreira. Angry and heartbroken, he starts a garage to earn a living. The mine owner, Sampuran Singh, of the mine where Chavli is seen working, wrongs her, and the union leader, Nirmal Kumar, urges her to seek justice. All the workers go on a strike and force Sampuran Singh to apologize to Chavli. Nirmal Kumar offers to employ Chavli to build a road that his team is working on. He then convinces the trio to build the road by blasting a hill at the crossroad and all three men are finally reunited with the one they love