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Kuvarbainu Mameru (1947)

  • Release Date1947
  • GenreBiographical, Devotional
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageGujarati
  • Run Time129 min

Four centuries ago, one fine morning a Nagar Saint, Narasi Mehta by name sang the divine psalms and holy hymns of Lord Krishna before a gathering of humble People of Junagadh a town in Kathiawar. 

"Those who worship me with their hearts and souls, Those who offer their devotion with intense faith; I definitely bring to them peace and happiness; I always do them good and guard their honour ". 

This Nagar Saint Narsi Mehta, an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna had implicit faith in Him and he sang His glory through Bhajans and songs composed by himself, which are famous even today. It is a recorded history that whenever this noble-hearted devotee of Lord Krishna was in trouble, he sang and prayed for Lord's help. And Lo! Lord Krishna did help him out of his difficulties. 

And how did Lord Krishna help out His devotee Narsi Mehta, when the latter wanted to celebrate his daughter — Kunwarbai's marriage? He belonged to that orthodox, tradition-loving caste of Nagar Brahmins where it was necessary for a father to offer a big dowry to his daughter in marriage. But Narsi Mehta was a pauper whose only capital in life was his intense devotion and faith in Lord Krishna. How did Lord Krishna help out His Devotee Narsi Bhagat to celebrate Kunwarbai's marriage in all the glory of Nagar traditions customs and richness are remarkably and most dramatically portrayed in this amazing motion picture. 

Taunted by his Bhabi and snubbed by his orthodox relatives, Narsi Bhakta left his home to worship Lord Krishna amidst the rich surroundings of nature in a jungle. There he met Lord Krishna after having offered his prayers and penance. His own son, Shamalsha, and his wife expired, he sang,

"As our Lord had desired, they expired — And I am no sorry for them; good it was, to allow me Devote, Now solely at the feet of Lord Krishna."

And one fine summer-morning, Narsi Bhakta learned that his daughter Kunwarbai was about to be married. There was a call from her father-in-law Shri Ranga Mehta's side for the marriage of their son. Shri Ranga Mehta's house was rich, aristocrat, and orthodox and lie enjoyed a reputable position of a statesman in Una State. while Narsi Bhakta, father of Kunwarbai was entirely poor, it was impossible for the Bhakta to have the marriage-ceremony performed with all the rich glory and grandeur befitting orthodox rich people; And he was too poor to offer any dowry to his daughter. 

Manba, a young coquettish girl, sister. of the bridegroom has decided to ridicule Narsi Bhakta. But there was Lord Krishna to guard Narsi Mehta's honour. 

Everything to suit the occasion was managed by Lord Krishna in His inimitable manner which was divine. 

And Narsi Bhakta sang bhajans praising Lord Krishna, for he had cared for His Devotee.

Kunwarbai was not happy at her husband's house. They coaxed and ridiculed her. Manba always harassed her. Her life was miserable.

But a day came when all learned that she was carrying. Lo! She was going to be a mother. It was the custom of the rich orthodox nagars to see that she gets a rich dowry from her father. "Mameroo" dowry was to be supplied by Narsi Bhakta. And how did he do it? How Lord Krishna, the ALMIGHTY help Narsi Bhakta? See the most amazing situation on the screen. 

[from the official press booklet]