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Dil Ek Mandir (1963)

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'It seems you are going to shoot a complete Picture in a single set. How is it?' my friend asked me. 'The incidents in the story happen only in one set' I replied. My friend anxiously asked 'what is the story? Please narrate it to me' This is the synopsis of the story I have narrated to him.

A Doctor who is frustrated in love runs a Nursing Home to treat cancer and to find solace in his life. One day two persons - Ram and Seetha enter the Doctor's room to consult him. Doctor is virtually shocked seeing Seetha. He is shocked because he now sees the girl whom he has previously loved has now come with her husband. Seetha informs the Doctor that her husband has been affected by cancer and she had brought him to the Doctor with the firm faith that the Doctor will definitely cure her husband. Doctor accepts the case with the ultimate faith. He also consults many other Doctors and since the Cancer is in the advanced stage, he comes to the conclusion that the patient should be operated in fifteen days' time and admits Ram in his Nursing Home. Seetha also stays with her husband Ram.

In due course Doctor and Ram become close friends. Ram feels that he should change the dejected mind of the Doctor due to his frustration in love and he tries hard to see that Doctor gets married.

In the meanwhile, Ram learns to his utter dismay that his Wife is the girl loved by the Doctor previously. But when he understands that he is definitely going to die, he insists the Doctor to give him a solemn promise that he will remarry his wife Seetha. Seetha goes to the Doctor and tells him that if her husband dies by some reason or the other she will also have to end her life - she prays that the Doctor should save her husband's life.

But the Doctor doesn't pay much attention to these things and he strives hard to save the life of his patient Ram for he wants to achieve the real ambition in his life.

'What is it... you have stopped the story in the middle' my friend asked. I replied 'if I tell you the complete story the real interest will be lost. So please give me your opinion about the story and about the picture which is completed in one single set and which contains incidents which happen in fifteen days' time. That's what I am expecting from you'.

'Well I am telling you also the same. Please write to me your opinion about the Picture.

                                                                           Thank you,
                                                                                             SUDHIR

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