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Devar (1966)

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There is a proverb which says: "Man proposes but God disposes." But the story of our film 'DEVAR' deals with a proposal that God made but which man disposed.
Shanker and Suresh were cousins. Shanker, the only son of rich Zamindar, not fond of books but the book of life. Suresh, an orphan and the only son of Zamindar's dead sister, educated and very fond books. They were less of cousins but more of friends and Shanker's love and trust for Suresh knew no bounds. When a marriage broker suggested Madhumati, "a girl like Sita" for Shanker and the book-minded Shanta for Suresh, the friends made a strange pact. "You go to see the girl on my behalf" each told the other. When Suresh saw Madhu, he was enraptured. He decided to betray his friend so that she could be his. And the two cunning annonymous letters he wrote, resulted in his marrying Madhu, and Shanker marrying Shanta. On the wedding night itself the impetuous Shanta hurled words at her 'uneducated' husband.
Shanker's life became miserable and Madhu could not see the plight of her Devar and did her best to bring Shanta closer to him. Shanker, with an unhappy present, often remembered his childhood days and his childhood sweetheart, Bhanvria, who after parting in childhood remained with him only as a memory. And what a shock to him when he suddenly learnt that his beloved Bhabhi was Bhanvria herself! He begged God to help him to maintain the sacred relationship of Devar and Bhabhi, to retain the peace in the home of his friend who had actually betrayed him!
That was not all. Shanker bore more insults from his wife as the author of the annynymus letters. His own father disinherited him. He was hated and misunderstood by all. But truth cannot be hidden for long and one day Shanker suddenly learnt that the man who had wrecked his life was not other than his own friend!
What happens next and to what fantastic events are the Devar and Bhabhi thrown into we would like you to see for yourself-dramatically unfolding on the screen.