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Sharada (1957)

  • GenreRomance, Drama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time128 min
  • Length4844.79 meters
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number19845
  • Certificate Date26/11/1957
  • Shooting LocationRK Films and Studios, SK Malik Studios, Paramount Studios
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Sharada Devi is the keeper of a Nature-Cure-Ashram. She is a dedicated Soul, inspired by the Gita to practice all the ideals of love and sacrifice.

To this Ashram comes Sekhar. Greatly impressed by the grace and nobility of Sharada Devi’s character, he gets attracted towards her and soon love crops up between the two. Meanwhile, Shekhar leaves on a cultural delegation to China with a hope to marry Sharada on return. But as ill luck would have it, the plane crashes on way. Shekhar’s father, Kashiram is grief stricken at the news. Consequently his three little children are left uncared for. Sharada, imbued with ideal of service, comes to the aid of the afflicted family at the suggestion of her father and performs the role of a mother for the children. Ultimately, as time passes on, she marries Kashiram, according to the wishes of her father.

But Sekhar is not dead; he survives the plane-crash with injuries and returns to the Ashram only to be shocked to learn that Sharada is married now. His shocks grow greater when he comes to know that Sharada’s husband is nobody else than his father and that Sharada is now a mother to him. The train of his mind is derailed. To mitigate his sorrow and forget the past, he takes refuge in drinks and such things, and finally becomes a dissolute. To get him back to normalcy Sharda arranges his marriage with Chanchal, the girl to whom he had been betrothed earlier. But, instead, the tragedy deepens. The devoted wife, Chanchal, desirous of her husband’s unflinching faith and allegiance finds things otherwise. Intimate relationship of Sharada and Sekhar comes to her mind and she becomes sceptic. Her subsequent acts and actions to a long way in making Shekhar an aimless wanderer dejected and morose; far far away from his home and hearth.

Sharada tries once more to rescue the dilapidated Shelhar. But does she succeed? And what becomes of Shekhar? How Chanchal reconciles in the last? – all these delicate intricacies must be witnessed on the Screen.

 

(From the official press booklet)

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