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Paraya Dhan (1971)

  • GenreThriller, Drama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time127 min
  • Length3681.38 meters
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number64341
  • Certificate Date23/10/1971

Had Valmiki, the dacoit-turned-saint, not witnessed the painful death of one of the two love-birds separated by the cruel arrow of the hunter; the world would have been deprived of a great epic like the Ramayana.

The tragic death of the innocent, speechless creature moved the sage who had himself been responsible once for the killing, arson and loss of countless humans.

All of which only proves that there are dacoits and dacoits as some of them can turn over a new leaf and transform themselves just as there are “dakoos” among gentlemen and gentlemen among “dakoos”.

A dacoit who lets the hidden angel within him to emerge and destroys the devil overpowering him is therefore not no unbelievable even though it may in bohemian times, appear uncommon.

“Paraya Dhan” is the story of one such dacoit who turns over a new leaf as a result of the love he gets from an innocent child which inspires him to Stake his life in trying to protect the honour and wealth of a family destroyed by his own gang.

Inspired by the time-honoured adage that “We reap as we sow”, the film underlines the triumph of love over violence. . . . . . . .  truth over the trigger, good over evil.

The story also tries to illustrate that, given the trust which he is usually denied, a dacoit can be trustworthy.

(From the official press booklet)