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Ek Saal (1957)

  • Release Date1957
  • GenreRomance
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time134 mins
  • Length4523.23 metres
  • Number of Reels17
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number22729
  • Shooting LocationJagriti Studios, Chembur, Bombay

Suresh was an educated and handsome youngman who had a magnetic power of speech which he employed to fleece rich men out of their money. His one of the ambitious targets, was Col Sinha, a rich and retired officer from the services. Luck made Suresh's work easy. The Colonel needed an estate manager and he employed Suresh, who also had a fair accomplice Rajni who, although, prefered to remain at a considerable distance, yet, manned his activities. 

Suresh seemed to be a favourite of Lady Luck for Colonel's only daughter and heiress seemed instinctively attracted towards him. He feigned love to her to get first hand knowledge of her father's fabulous wealth.

Man proposes God disposes. Love of Colonel's daughter, Usha, was so simple that she treated Suresh as an object of worship and her strong devotion for a cheat like Suresh, changed the course of Suresh's behaviour. One day he decided to tell her candidly that he didn't love her as such. When Usha heard this she received such a shock that she swooned on the spot. Her father who knew that she wasn't going to survive beyond a year due to Brain-tumour and such shocks might further curtail her life span, offered money to Suresh to feign love to her. Suresh accepted the preposition on the face value and informed his accomplice accordingly.

But when the colonel offered money to Suresh, he refused to take it. The masquerade had turned a reality. He had also fallen in love with Usha who was going to die very shortly. Now it was Suresh's turn to mind her welfare. He consulted some specialists and one of them assured him that she will survive if the tumour was operated successfully.

The operation was successful but just at the moment Usha regained health, Rajni, Suresh's accomplice, appeared on the scene. She told Usha that Suresh had been a cheat all his life and his stay there was part of the plan. She even showed her the letters that Suresh had written her in this connection. Rajni's evil designs worked. Suresh on hearing this decided to leave Usha for ever without even explaining his position.

Did Usha really hate Suresh whom she loved so dearly ? 
Did Suresh ever come back to claim her love, shall remain anybody's guess until, dear patrons, you see Ek Saal for yourself.

[from the official press booklet]



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