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Hamari Beti (1950)

  • Release Date1950
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Shooting LocationShree Sound Studio Dadar, Bombay

Nobody in the world can deny the truth that incidents are a necessary part of life. On some or the other paths of life, a person has to come face-to-face with these incidents. In the same manner, this story “Hamari Beti” is based on a 3-year-old girl who faces one of the incidents that you may have faced in your life as well. This little girl was trapped in a set of events that led her to meet two unique people. Two people who could never establish a relationship and most likely never would.

The first man is poor and grateful. When he meets the little girl, he forgets all about his sorrows and devotes himself to the girl. Not only that, but he also does something for the girl that he may not have done for himself. The second man is possessive and his life is a colorful and unbreakable dream. He does not accept the evils of the world and the society we live in. But when this girl enters his life, he is forced to abide by these evils that society was unable to enforce upon him. Without hesitation, he pleads away this innocent girl. Is this possible? Can a girl tear apart someone’s mountain of wishes with her silence? You can decide for yourself! A day comes when this man, who is also a barrister, cannot live without the little girl, and slowly he gets so attached to this child that he makes her his daughter. And this girl’s real mother, who lost her child during a train journey, looks for her day and night. The barrister realizes that a child needs not only a father’s love but also a mother’s love. Hence he gets married so that his daughter can have a mother. The kind of mother who, despite not really being her mother, spends sleepless nights in taking care of the little girl. In this manner, days turn to months and months turn to years and the girl grows up to be a thoughtless teenager. An ancient quote says that youth is blind and this blind youth leads the teenage girl to face a new incident. She goes out for some work, loses her virginity, and returns home. When the barrister learns this, like a good father he accepts this choice of hers. However, you will be shocked to know that the girl’s real mother shows up at the right time and stands in her way like a mountain. Despite knowing that this is her daughter who she lost 12 years ago, what happened? What rule of the universe forces her to snatch the happiness of her own daughter’s? Why can’t she tell her daughter that she is her real mother after searching for her for 12 years? For answers, watch the film on the silver screen.

[Translated from the official press booklet]