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Deedar (1951)

  • Release Date1951
  • GenreRomance
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time130 mins
  • Length3430.52 meters
  • Number of Reels14
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberB-783
  • Certificate Date15/03/1951
  • Shooting LocationCentral Studios, Tardeo, Bombay

"DEEDAR" is a tragic tale of a blind man whose life was a constant struggle against a relentless fate and its strange vagaries.

Shamu, at a tender age, when one hardly knows what love & its consequences are, gave away his heart to 'princess' Mala. They vowed never to separate from one another but destiny's cruel hand intervened and they were thrown miles apart from each other  To add to his misery, Shamu's mother was suddenly snatched away from him leaving him an orphan at the mercy of an unkind world. To crown it all, this unfortunate child was later deprived of this sight also. Shamu was now a pitiable figure of despair and loneliness and had it not been for the kind-hearted Chowdhury and his loving daughter Champa, he might have even lost his life.

Champa spared no efforts to make him happy but without Mala, his childhood sweetheart, life meant but little to him and it was with the desperate hope of reunion with her that he kept on living through the years. Champa on the other hand, nurtured a hidden love for Shamu and she yearned that he should cast his eyes on her and realize the depth of her longing for him. Alas! Shamu could not see her and confessed that his heart belonged to someone else. Bullam, her brother, coaxingly tried to entertain him by his antics but Mala had snatched away his laughter. Songs became his life and in them his dreams found expression. His soulful lyrics echoed far and wide and touched many a heart.

Dr. Kishore was greatly moved by the street singer's tearful melodies. He could fathom the hidden tragedy in Shamu's throbbing voice. He accepted Shamu as his friend and decided not only to restore his sight to him but also promised the 'kavi', the "DEEDAR" of his beloved. How could the Doctor know that what Shamu yearned to see was not Champa but Mala, the very girl who had already been betrothed to the doctor himself?

Did Shamu get back his sight? What did Dr Kishore choose, duty or love? How did Mala react to Shamu when he faced her?  Could Shamu snatch her away from his benefactor Dr. Kishore? Did Champa love in vain? The stirring climax will provide realistic answers to these & more intriguing posers when you see "DEEDAR" with its lovable characters on the screen.

(from the official press booklet)