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Chhalia (1973)

  • GenreAction
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time146 mins
  • Length3984.35 meters
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number72551
  • Certificate Date16/05/1973
  • Shooting LocationR.K. Studios

The youth of a country is the mirror in which a nation can see its face. Chhalia holds that mirror for it is the story of india’s youth today tossed by the eternal question: Does the end justify the means?


Chhalia is the story of Shanker, Sunita and Amar


Shanker: An ordinary clerk in a big factory-his pay packet too small, his obligations in life too big-becomes Chhalia-moves about in fresh suits “borrowed” from a helpful laundry and sleek cars “borrowed” from a friendly garage owner, poses as a rich playboy and makes some big deals through pretty rich girls-believes the end will justify the means.


But does it?


Sunita: The owner of the factory in which Shanker works-hated by all her employees including Shanker whom she loves-to win his heart, poses as poor school teacher.


But does she win his heart?


Amar: The two faced manager of the factory-sweet in words, cruel in deeds-sympathises with workers-incites them to revolt and crushes them with an iron hand.


But Why??




(From the official press booklet)



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