indian cinema heritage foundation

Trunk Call (1960)

  • GenreThriller
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Length3658.21 meters
  • Number of Reels13
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-29962-MUM
  • Certificate Date03/06/1960

The dead body of one of Calcutta’s wealthiest men, Seth Kapurchand, lay in his room. The safe in which he kept his jewellery and other valuable was empty and his Secretary Raj was nowhere to be seen....

But the police caught up with absconder at the Delhi Airport. The missing jewellery was found in his luggage-a fact which seemed to astonish Raj immensely. He vehemently protested his innocence, but the evidence was overwhelmingly against him. Even his dear friend, the inspector Police Ram, found it difficult to believe him. Raj said, the deceased himself had telephoned him at a quarter to ten the previous night to go to Delhi, whereas the medicals evidence showed that death occurred at a quarter-past nine! How could a man, dead for half an hour, talk over the telephone? Moreover, Raj’s fingerprints were all over the deceased’s room. Therefore, much as he hated the idea, inspector Ram had to put Raj into lock-up.

But Raj was not without friends. His own sister Leela was one of those who refused to believe that he was guilty. She came down to Bombay, determined to unmask the murderer; and stepped right into a regular danger zone. How she eventually succeeded in bringing the real culprit to book, who this real culprit was, what was his motive and how to every step he diabolically bamboozled inspector Ram, forms the substance of “Trunk Call” – which is now about to unfold on the screen.  


(From the official press booklet)