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Taqdeer (1958)

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Who can say when anybody's luck will change for the better? or worse? Some may feel that you can make your own fate by your own efforts; but can you? For it is only the unseen hand of God that can make or mar the success of all human endeavors. Luck played its own game in the life of MUNIM even though poor Munim was simple and God-fearing. He led a peaceful uneventful life in his village Madhopur with his family. But the ways of the goddess of luck are mysterious.

For when has she cared whose lives are uprooted by its caprices? In spite of being completely innocent, he is sentenced for 20 years imprisonment. His poor wife has to take upon herself the burden of bringing up the two innocent children by working hard and earning her livelihood. 15 years passed by the boys grew up. But the caprice of the luck had not left them alone even at this stage. For the two boys left their mother to her own fate and fled to seek their own fortune.

Just about this time, Jagannath was released from jail and his wife had, at last, some relief. 

In these fifteen years, Seth Hariprasad who was responsible for sending JaganNath to jail had become a successful money Man. He had a very big sugar mill from which he was earning lacs of Rupees. But in spite of all his earnings, he had no peace. Because the money of his misdeeds were eating into his vitals. Luck up to her own tricks once again placed Nandu in the sugar mill as one of the employees. He raised himself by the dint of his honesty and efficiency and merit to a position of trust in the cash office. He worked hard by day and night spared no pains to earn the confidence and trust of employer. The daughter of Hariprasad, the owner of the sugar mill was working as a General Manager. She was very impressed by the straightforward and forthright ways of Nandu. In course of time, her liking for him led her into her falling in love with him. In a short time, her love for him became an uncontrollable passion for him. So Seth Harprasad's daughter Usha decides to choose Nandu as her partner for life. 

But the manager of the sugar mill Shanker, who was also a distant relative of Seth Hariprasad always considers himself to be the owner of all the property of Hariprasad after him. Because at one time Hariprasad had promised to Shanker's father to make him his "CHIVAR" Shanker had taken this as the surest grounds for his hopes. But here the fickle goddess of luck was backing Nandu, who had now reached his zenith. But on the other hand, Nandu's brother Narayan was digging his own grave by his own misdeeds. Even his wife could cope with him no more and had a choice but to leave him. However, a very kind-hearted Water Baily somehow tried his best to save him. 

Did the two sons of Jagannath ever meet? Did Usha succeed in getting married to Nandu? Was Narayan saved from his ruin? Did JaganNath make up with his wife and sons? In the end, how did fate which had upset the life of one family put it right? For all these answers you have to see TAQDEER on the Screen

(From the official press booklet)