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Nai Roshni (1967)

  • GenreDrama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time158 min
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Shooting LocationVasu Studios (Madras)

"NAI ROSHNI" is a spotlight on our present-day Society; the society which is blinded to the charm and beauty of our own heritage and culture by the glitter and glamour of the Western way of life.

Professor Kumar was a rational human being alive to the nobler sentiments in life, but the one mistake he committed in his youth dogged his steps all along. He forsook his first wife Parvati and got married to Padma. The second marriage was an utter failure. They were poles apart - Kumar was cool and calm; Padma was intolerant-Kumar was home loving; Padma's life was spent in parties, clubs and theatre.

Professor Kumar had a son, Prakash, by his first wife who become a lecturer in the same college as his father. But as fate would have it, neither of them was aware of their relationship, though each had love and respect for the other.

Professor Kumar had also a son and a daughter by his second wife. The son, neglected by both mother and father, grew up uncared and unloved soon to find solace in Drink; while the daughter, Chitra followed the footsteps of the mother and soon lost herself in the gay abandon of club-life.

Professor Kumar lived like a stranger in his own house. If at all anybody cared for him or gave him comfort it was Rekha, his dead friend's daughter whom he brought up as his own daughter and according to his own ideas of tradition and culture.

How do these discordant elements in Kumar's life resolve themselves in the end?

Is Kumar ever free from the dark shadow cast by his early folly?

What happens to those whom he held dear and near?

You can see the answers on the silver screen.

(From the official press booklet)