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Mutthi Bhar Chaawal (1975)

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None has yet been able to define what is good and what is bad. The conception of sin and piety, mortality and immortality changes according to circumstances and the persons placed in those circumstances. And absolutely non-ethical deed may become absolutely ethical and moral obligation for him or her under certain circumstances.

Asha, a poor girl endowed with bubbling youth knew that smuggling of rice was a criminal act, yet she was forced to do it to support her do nothing, drink-addict father, her bed ridden mother and younger brother and sister all living in a hut in the slum beside a fashionable, posh locality of Bombay. Asha used to sell smuggled rice to the in-mates of a building where in one of the posh flats, a youngman Ravi lived. Ravi a writer, was on a short visit to Bombay for rest and holiday with his brother and sister-in-law. He was fascinated by the simple charms of Ahsa. One day he rescued her from the clutches of the law when she was caught smuggling the rice which sustained her and her family. Soon after, Ravi had to leave Bombay on receipt of a telegram from his mother who fell ill in Delhi.

Asha was plugged in greater misery, when her drunkard father lost his job her mother died and the children faced death with starvation wrt large on their faces. Asha had no choice. She surrendered to the notorious gangster Narayan to save her family from the jaws of death, while in Delhi Ravi was able to convince his mother to accept Asha as his wife.

But can Ravi under the circumstances marry Asha? Can Asha indicated for doing an immoral criminal act? What is morality and what is immorality best defined in interesting and entertaining details in the topical thought-provoking films "MUTHI BHAR CHAAWAL".

(From the official press booklet)