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Grahasti (1963)

  • Release Date1963
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time154 mins
  • Length4397.65 metres
  • Number of Reels17
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number35432
  • Certificate Date23/02/1963
  • Shooting LocationGemini Studios, Madras

Harishchandra Khanna was the owner of an automobile factory in Delhi. For five days in a week he stayed in Delhi and went, for the remaining two days, to Meerut where his wife Maya, their eight children, his widowed sister Jamna and her simpleton son, Jaggu, lived. The whole house revelled with joy whenever Harish came home for the week-end.

Khanna's eldest daughter, Kamla, was married to Gopal, who was still in college in another city. Gopal's father had celebrated the marriage on the condition that the boy and girl would not even see each other for one year after the marriage. But young as he was, Gopal, without the knowledge of his father, came for a day to Meerut and went back.

Kamni, the next daughter of Khanna, was in love with Ravi, professor in a local college and son of the station master of a suburban station nearby. Kiran, the next and Mohan, the college principal's son, were in love. Jaggu and the station master's daughter, Rekha, also loved each other. When Khanna came to know all this, he became very happy. He requested the principal and the station master to go over to his house the next Friday when he would be coming for the week-end so that all the three marriages could be formally finalised.

The appointed Friday arrived. And so did the guests. But Khanna did not. All waited for him eagerly. Just then a car entered the portico. All became happy that Khanna had come. But it was not he. It was someone else by whose coming all the three marriages were broken.

Who was that person? Why did the marriages break? How did the marriages come off later?

See the answers to these questions dramatically presented on the screen.

[From the official press booklet]