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Do Bhai (1947)

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Raj Karan, Nirmala’s father and a Forest Officer of the State had brought up Jai from childhood like his son. With the coming of youth the playful comradeship between Nirmala and Jai had naturally changed into deep love. Sarala and Shiv Karan, Nirmala’s mother and brother, however, hated jai and they succeeded one day in ousting him from their home. On the ever of his departure from his foster father’s house while bidding good bye to Nirmala, Jai saw a sort of hallucination- an escaped prisoner, who, as he found out later, was his own father Narain, who had come to request Raj Karan to allow him to take back Jai with him. Jai had to go away with his father.
Jai was sent by his father to Shivgaon Ashram in search of his first wife Kausalya and his son by her, Prakash.
For the “crime” of loving a commoner-Narain Kausalya, the only daughter of the Thakur of Madanpur State had been turned away by her father and after the birth of her son Prakash Narain also deserted her. The Guru of Shivgaon Ashram offered her shelter but she persuaded him to keep her son Prakash alone. Many years later, Kausalya, while on her death-bed, sent for Prakash to tell him that he was the only heir to the Thakore of Madanpur. During the revelation of the story Prakash also came to know of his father’s cruelty to his mother and swore vengence on him.
When jai arrived on the spot on his mission he only saw Kausalya’s funeral pyer and learnt that Prakash had left on some unknown mission.
Coincidentally when the Thakor of Madanpur started a search for his heir the Guru of Shivgaon Ashram, in the absence of Prakash, succeeded in having Jai installed as the Yuvraj. This upset the plans of the Diwan, who wanted his would be son-in-law, Shiv Karan, to be made Yuvraj.
Prakash and Narain met in strange circumstances and the father’s parental love of the son overcame Prakash’s anger and the father died a peaceful death in the son’s arms. Later Prakash became friend of Raj Karan’s family and Nirmala’s hand was offered to him. But meanwhile, the Thakore of Madanpur having died, Jai before ascending the gadi as his heir, went to Ram Ganj and brought Nirmala with him. Prakash thereupon swore revenge on Jai and attempted to take his life in the procession after Jai’s wedding with Nirmala, but he was not destined to succeed.
When the Diwan found out that Jai was not Kausalya’s son and had no claim to the Gadi, matters took a different turn and the Dewan succeeded in having Jai imprisoned as an imposter.
Did Prakash kill Jai? Did the Dewan succeed in his designs? Who became Thakore of Madanpur? All this will be unfolded on the silver screen in its strange dramatic denouement.