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Pardes (1950)

  • GenreDrama, Family
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Shooting LocationKardar Studios, Parcel, Bombay
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"Pardesh" is a noble saga of love and sacrifice of 2 friends. Notwithstanding the fact that Sajan was rich and Rajan poor, both shared the joys and sorrows of life together.

Unfortunately, this state of affairs did not last long, and Rajan left his friend to fight his battle of life alone.

After witnessing and obeying the relentless decrees of fate, Rajan is led into the palatial mansions of one Rana Sahib. Finding him a capable man he engaged him as a coach for his son, Mohan. But things took different turn. Rana Sahib's daughter Chanda was paragon of beauty. The moment she took a glimpse of Rajan, she took fancy to him, and both hearts were fluttered with ecstasies of love. With the passage of time, their hearts stretched for eternal union. They decided to marry. Rajan was going to approach Rana Sahib to put before him their proposal and seek his permission and blessings. The moment he was going to talk to Rana Sahib about his intentions he overheard a few relatives of Rana Sahib making fun of his love for Chanda. Their silly talk wounded his pride and injured his ego and staying further would add insult to injury. He left Rana Sahib's Mansions to go out into the world to fight fates and furies of his time and finally emerge as a man of fortune. Realisation of his only dream-Chanda became a matter of life and death to him.

A good luck would have it, an old friend of his father came to his help, and got him employed in a factory. He wanted to become rich as soon as possible. But Manglu's daughter, Radha tried to distract him from his path with her beauty and feminine charms. Factory Manager did not like this, as he had sinister designs on Radha. Mithu - the village money lender was also mad after Radha. He also joined hands with the Manager, their villainous designs against Rajan compelled him to leave his job. Perchance, the owner of the factory arrived. Rajan was overjoyed when he recognised him as his old friend Sajan. Both held each other in embrace and were happily re-united. From a petty Clerk Rajan was made Manager overnight.

Now his one and only one dream, Chanda, opened vividly before his eyes. But alas, Chanda remained as away from him as ever. So far, he had thought of her as sweetheart, climax reached when she stood before him as the lawful wedded wife of his friend Sajan. His whole frame shook, under destiny's relentless feet, as the super-structure of his cherished dreams smashed before his eyes.

How did the friends grapple with the tense situations like this? How did Rajan rise to the occasion and what sacrifice he made for his friend? How did Chanda prove her mettle, caught as she was in the cob-webs of her love and her duty as a faithful wife?

These thrilling episodes of this all gripping tale of love and sacrifice, of hope and despair, of pleasure and pathos are told with dramatic skill and superb artistry on the Silver Screen.

(From the official press booklet)

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