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Shama (1961)

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SHAMA, an orphan girl, is brought up by Begum and NawabBadrudin, along with their only son Parvez. Shama silently adores and loves Parvez. He is a poet.

His penname is "Parwana" Shama also is fond of writing poems. Roshan-ara, daughter of another rich family, is a fan of Parwana and likes his poetry. 

One night Roshan-ara goes to a "Mushaira", where Parwana is partaking. At the end of the function, along with other girls, Roshan requests Parwana for his autograph and offers her autograph book outside the "purdah" chicks while she herself is behind them. Parwana sees her beautiful hand and feels as if that hand has touched his heart's strings. He writes a befitting verse in Roshan's autograph book. She enjoys the verse, but remarks that she can never trust poets.

Parwana overhears these remarks. 

Back home, Parwana relates the above incident to Shama in such a manner, that she gets the joyful impression of Parwana's love for herself. With the help of his friend HudHudMian, Parwana is able to find out, as to whom that beautiful hand belongs. 

One day Shama comes to know of Parwana's love for Roshan. Somehow she manages to supress her own feelings and offers to meet Roshan with Parwana's poem which is full of praises about Roshan's beauty and charm. Hearing this gazal in Shama's emotional voice, Roshan is convinced of Parwana's love. She heaves a sigh and tells Shama that she wished to reply Parwana Sahib's love also in poetry, but alas! She is not a poet! Shama promises to fulfillRoshan's wish. 

While Shama was reciting, Dilawar-Roshan's brother, sees her stealthily and falls in love with her. On Roshan's behalf, Shama herself writes a poem. Hearing it,

Parwana is all praises about Roshan's poetic talents. Poor Shama! She suffers silently. 

Parwana and Shama are happily married. Roshan is thankful to Shama, but wonders why Shama is always sad? Surely she is in love! But with whom? She repeatedly asks, but Shama keeps silent.

Dilawar approaches NawabBadrudin with a complaint that there is an undesirable relation between Shama and Parwana, and offers to marry Shama for his sister's happiness. Nawab Sahib has to give his consent. Parwana breaks this news to Roshan. She tells her husband that Shama can never be happy on this marriage and requests Parwana to ask his father to reject Dilawar's proposal. Shama is also not ready for this marriage and when Parwana comes to take her side, Nawab Sahib is convinced of Dilawar's statement. Shama is badly humiliated. Parwana loses his temper and bodily makes Dilawar get out. Dilawar swears revenge. Shama takes poison to end her miserable life. Dilawar goes to Gohar Jan's and sends ruffians to bring Shamato the dancing girl's place. 

A sensational climax begins! WHAT? and HOW? 

Better see on the silver screen!

(From the official press booklet)