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Hari Darshan (1953)

  • Release Date1953
  • GenreMythology
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Censor RatingU
  • Shooting LocationShrikant Studios Ltd. (Chembur)

Our country is known for its civilization and faith-in-God since by-gone-days. "Truth always wins" had always been the symbol of the struggling nation from time immemorable. As such is this story of utter faith in God and unshakeable devotion which is pre-Mahabharat and Ramayan age. Hiranyakashyap was a mighty ruler once upon a time, of that age this is the most dramatic history when right and wrong, faith and might had struggle for supremacy.

Hiranyakashyap penanced for a long time to win the good wishes of Shiva, getting that he intended to win over the God even. His wife and son happened to be just opposite to his nature, they were devotees of God and had unshakeable faith in his supreme power. After getting Victory over death, Hiranyakashyap became mad of his power and became strangely unbearable even to his rights and lefts.

He declared himself as GOD- Hiranyakashyap and ordered that in his kingdom no other God shall be worshiped. He rather declared a war against God and his might. Worshiping God was declared illegal and severe punishments were given to devotees. Then hidden sparks of The Supreme Power began to act. God never lets his devotee down and for that Hiranyakashyap's own son was destined to cause the end of the mad-power.

The Boy-Prince stood equally strong in godly-sentiment and challanged his father. He left the palace, got arrested, boiled in boiling oil, put before hungry Lion, thrown down the lofty hill into the sea-but he smilingly aced all and always got miraculous escape which was a strong reply to his father's mad-power. People got infused with strength of devotion, began to revolt, the nation became firy and rushed to side the Prince.

The actions and reactions of Rajguru, the prince and the Queen gave a pushing power to the people to oppose the ruler. And so this is the story of a great devotee of God well known as Bhakta Pralhad.

Well known all over India this subject is presented on the screen in a most simple way. Main factors dealt in are Faith in God and Devotion. People may revive their faith in God and thereby Truth and through truth may get strength to voice against Wrong under any circumstances, this story is dramatised without shifting from the original theme.

[From the official press booklet]