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Teen Batti Char Rasta (1952)

  • GenreDrama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Length4140.708 meters
  • Number of Reels17
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberB-7670
  • Certificate Date18/02/1953

“Teen Batti Char Rasta” is a story of three lights, four streets ( A square) six boys and six-girl from different provinces. “Teen Batti Char Rasta” is the home address of Lela Khushalchand who is a staunch supporter of interprovincial amity and an ardent advocate of national and cultural unity.

Lala Khushalchand is not an idle dreamer, but practical man; he means what he says and practices what he preaches. He wants his ‘home’  to be a ‘model’ fashioned after his ideals. To him “There lights” are symbolic of three illuminating aspects of life-love, learning and loyalty and the meeting point of “Four Streets” as the common goal for people from all directions and all provinces.

His six sons, a devoted band of brilliant boys who share their father’s views help him to build up the “home” on the pattern designed by Lalaji. Along the main theme runs a gentle stream of another problem.

It touches the future of millions of dark and plain-looking girls. What is the future of such girls? Is there any silver lining to their dismal prospects? The romance between Lalaji’s youngest son Ramesh and Shyama, a plain girl, shown a starry streak on the dark horizon of their lives.

(From the official press booklet)