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Dal Pati (1991)

  • Release Date1991
  • FormatColor
  • LanguageHindi
  • Gauge35mm

Kalyani (Sri Vidya) gives birth to a son when she is hardly fifteen years old. Not knowing what to with the child she places him in an empty goods train and hope for the best.

Fate carries this child to another place where he is brought up by a poor but God's good lady.

This child grows into a bitter but righteous young man Sooraj (Rajinikant). Sooraj cannot tolerate any injustice and punishes the guilty physically. This brings him into direct confrontation with a powerful local Dada Dev Raj (Mamooty). After the initial hiccups they become the best of friends. Together they fight the injustice meted out to helpless poor people.

Kalyani marries a nice gentleman and has another son Arjun (Arvind). But she cannot forget her first son, Sooraj also cannot forget his mother but with bitterness because she abandoned him when he was a helpless baby. Fate takes a full town and Sooraj does not meet his mother. Kalyani replies to his accusations with her tears but nevertheless both mother and son are happy to meet each other.

Sooraj's step brother Arjun comes to the same town as the district Collector. And the battle lines are drawn between Arjun and Suraj and Devraj being on the other side. There is no meeting ground for both the sides and each side vows to fight to the bitter end. Devraj tells Sooraj to kill the Collector. Sooraj refuses when asked repeatedly why he is shirking his duty. Sooraj reveals to Devraj that Arjun is his younger brother.

Mother Kalyani is in a dilemma as to how to avoid the bitter showdown between both the brothers.

Seeing the against and helplessness of his dearest friend Sooraj, he decides to surrender to the brother of Sooraj, the Collector. Another powerful MLA Kalivardan (Amrish Puri) wants to liquidate both Devraj and Sooraj to regain his waning influence in the town.

The battle lines are drawn. On one side is the bloody confrontation and on the other emotional turmoil.

How the story shapes further is most dramatic even of DAL PATI.

You could not have asked for a better, physical action, a better emotional drama and fantastic picturisation only seeing DAL PATI is believing.

(From the official press booklet)

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