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Jogan (1950)

  • Release Date24/02/1950
  • GenreSaint, Romance
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time116 min
  • Length3182.11 meters
  • Number of Reels11
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
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Vijay is an atheist who is nevertheless enchanted by the saint Meeradevi. Meeradevi entrances the town with her bhajans, and Vijay goes every day to see her. Meeradevi is troubled but also intrigued by Vijay’s continuing attention. Meeradevi requests him to not come to her temple any more, but his presence still occupies her. Vijay accedes to her request but leaves flowers for her everyday outside the temple. When they meet again Vijay asks her reason for leaving the material world behind. She reveals that she was once a jagirdar’s daughter named Surabhi. Her father was always sunk in constant worry regarding his debts and her brother was an alcoholic. Her brother arranged for her to get married to the hoary Thakur Padam Singh in exchange for a large sum of money. When her pleas to her father to stop the impending marriage were of no avail, she decided to flee. Subsequently, she joined Mahamaiya’s ashram and engaged in meditation to renounce all materialistic desires.

When she decides to leave the town Vijay follows her. She firmly tells him to stop following her beyond a particular tree, and to regard it as a final frontier. Vijay accepts and waits there every day. Despite his loved ones’ consternation, Vijay realises that it will be futile to attempt to renounce his love for Meeradevi. Meanwhile Meeradevi has been engaged in intense meditation to regain her peace of mind. She asks another jogan to deliver a book to a man waiting by a tree. When she passes away while meditating, Vijay is visited by the jogan and given the book. Much of the film comprises thought-provoking debates between atheism and faith, and between following one’s desires and renunciation.

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