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Desh Premee (1982)

  • Release Date1982
  • GenreAction, Drama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time273 mins
  • Length4935.93 meters
  • Number of Reels18
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number99492
  • Certificate Date06/03/1982
  • Shooting LocationR.K. Studios, Mehboob Studios, Kamalistan, Raj Kamal Kalamandir, Chandivili, Filmistaan, Ranjit Studios, Seth Studios

Master Dinanath greatly loved his country. When it was under the subjugation of Britishers, he had fought against them, he went to jail and even sustained bullet injuries, earning for himself the name of a freedom fighter.

But after the independence the people’s love for their country seemed to be diminishing only Master Dinanath seemed to be talking about it while the rest were busy betraying it and making money out of it.

Masterji’s wife was kept in a dirty slum where she became a victim of leprosy, but she left the daughter elsewhere so that she would not contact the disease.

Masterji and his son also went away and settled in a slum which was divided into four sections: Punjabi, Bengali, Muslim and Madrasi, with a slum lord in each to lord it over. All sections referred to themselves as from the particular part of the country. All of them loved only their own section, nobody thought of himself as an Indian except for Masterji who sand ‘Mere Desh Preio…”

But nobody seemed to react to it. Even his son Raju didn’t believe it. He grew up totally differently becoming an underworld character. He became an expert in counterfeit business, distributing counterfeit notes and selling false diamonds, so much so that he even went through a marriage ceremony just to save his skin. But that girl, Jyoti, whom he married accepted him as her dutiful husband.

When Masterji came to know about Raju’s illegal activities, he handed him over to the police.

While being taken to the court, the jeep toppled into a ditch and there was no trace of Raju, whether he was alive or dead. His wife who was pregnant, became a widow.

Because of his love for the country and honesty, Masterji again made a sacrifice, that of his son and his young daughter-in-law.

But eventually the truth has to triumph. All of Master Dinnath’s sorrows were solved due to his honesty. He found his lost wife, daughter and his son and the whole family was united again, just as he had thought it would be. Even as truth is tested at every point so also DESH PREMEE’s love for his country.

This is the story of Master Dinanath.


(From the official press booklet)