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Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)

  • Release Date1964
  • GenreComedy, Musical, Romance
  • FormatColor
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time168 mins
  • Length4467.38 metres
  • Number of Reels17
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number2486
  • Certificate Date09/05/1984 (Re-certification)
  • Shooting LocationKamal Studios, Roop Tara Studios

Rajib, sole heir to a millionaire industrialist, is often chided by his mother, the Rani Ma for his somewhat erratic behaviour. On one occasion, he goes out of the way to announce an award of five lakhs to his mill workers, an act which is very distressing to his mother and her manager, Shyamlal. Shyamlal suggests that they should try and find a suitable bride for the boisterous youngman, as he would surely settle down after marriage.

Marriage, however, is not something which fits in with Rajib's plans and he manages to quickly dispose of the girls from whom he was to select his life mate. When Rani Ma insists that he must agree to marry, he takes the decision to go away, and remain away till such time as his mother agrees to change her mind. In the company of his great friend, Chandra, Rajib goes to Kashmir, where he owns a bungalow and an estate.

The bungalow at Kashmir has been left in the charge of Bholaram for many years, and has rarely been visited by members of the family. The crafty Bholaram has taken full advantage of the situation by converting the bungalow into a hotel, which was quite popular with the young visitors to Kashmir.

Thus Rajib found himself a stranger in his own house, and Bholaram made matters worse for him by telling the guests that Rajib was merely a mad man who suffered from hallucinations which made him believe that he owned the place. The other hotel guests agreed to pamper Rajiv.

Into Rajib's life stepped Champa, the beautiful Kashmiri flower girl who won his heart. She was the only daughter of a blind man, Dinu, and made both ends meet by selling flowers to the tourists who flocked to the colourful valley. As Rajib's romance with Champa blossomed, he was to make an ugly enemy of Mohan, a local suitor for Champa's hand, and who was doing everything within his power to persuade the blind Dinu to give Champa to him in marriage.

All at once Rajib and Champa find themselves in the midst of events so stunning that their dream world seemed sure to be destroyed. The story hence forward takes most unexpected twists and turns, and moves on to a breath taking climax brilliantly presented by the colour cameras. What transpires is best enjoyed on the screen.

(From the official press booklets)