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Pehli Raat (1959)

  • Release Date1959
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Length4403.44 meters
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-28787-MUM
  • Certificate Date17/11/1959
  • Shooting LocationMinerva Studio & Kardar Studios
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 "A fine tribute on celluloid to the love and affections, sacrifices and suffering, hopes, and frustration and ultimate triumph and redemption of woman, as a girl, as wife widowed on her wedding night and as a mother".

Beena, an orphan girl reared in her maternal uncle's house and undergoing aunties' consistent ill-treatment, grows up and her marriage with a well-to-do groom is arranged by her loving uncle. On the wedding night Beena is widowed due to untimely death of her groom and the marital joys are reduced to a funeral song; and to add fuel to the flame, she becomes shortly pregnant too. News of her pregnancy degenerated into a scandal, and poor Beena, suspected of chastity, is turned out of the house by her shrewd sister-in-law Jamuna.

Beena is rendered a roaming destitute, eventually delivering a baby girl in a hospital. Poverty and misery compelled her to abandon the baby to the tender mercies of Temple God and turning off to a suicide.....

What happened next, that you shall see on the silver screen.  

(From the official press booklet)