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Ek Dil Sau Afsane (1963)

  • Release Date1963
  • GenreRomance
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time153 min
  • Length4553.00 meters
  • Number of Reels17
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-73198-MUM
  • Certificate Date28/11/1973
  • Shooting LocationRK Films & Studios (Chembur), Kamal Studios (Andheri)

SHEKHAR lived in a big city. Amongst big people – rich people. The rich wield a power – The power to purchase. They purchased everything life, even husbands for their daughters – wives for their sons. SHEKHAR with his eligibility evoked a contest. There was a keen bidding on him. The highest bidder would bag him as a husband for a daughter so well groomed under the sophisticated care of her mother, in the art of “Twist, Rhumba Samba and Cha – Cha”. Sewing knitting, cooking was scoffed at. It was ment only for the underdog.
But, was SHEKHAR willing?
SHEKHAR’S Nani lived in a small city. She was rich and bountiful. Her only unfulfilled desire was to see her grandson married – married to a girl who would bear him a son – and a son it had to be. Cast, creed or colour was no bar. A girl. Any girl. But where was the guarantee that the girl the boy married would bear a son. Nani had the gurantee too. In jotish vidya. Horoscope could never lie.

 But, was SHEKHAR willing?

For every man there is a woman, and SHEKHAR found his through an accident. Suneeta was poor but lovable. SHEKHAR had been offered bungalows, cars – cash – jewellery. What had Suneeta to offer him?  - A priceless presents LOVE.

But, was SHEKHAR willing? Yes, yes……… a thoushand times, yes.

Nani was overwhelmed by the beauty and simplicity of SUNEETA. She could hardly wait to see her dressed as a bride. The family jotshi was summoned, her horoscope commissioned, the earliest possible auspicious day for the marriage to be found and fixed. The jotshi proceeded in a hurry. The horoscope was prepared. It was a wonderful document. It described SUNEETA as the Goddess of wealth, of fortune, of prosperity, of happiness, of love. But mother – she was not to be. Children- She was destined to have none.   Isn’t horoscope an instrument of God? 
How could it lie?

Nani’s fond hopes were shattered. She banned the union. She commanded SHEKHAR to submit to her will, and to the WILL OF GOD.

But, was SHEKHAR willing?

[from the official press booklet]



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