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Yahudi (1958)

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A vengeful Jew adopts an abducted Roman child, who grows up and unknowingly falls in love with a Roman.

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Sohrab Modi ...
Ezra Johari
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Shehzada Marcus
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Hannah / Lydia
Nigar Sultana ...
Shehzadi Octavia
Nasir Hussain ...
Brutus (as Nazir Hussain)
Anwar Hussain ...
Antonio
Minoo Mumtaz ...
Ruth (as Minu Mumtaz)
Ramayan Tiwari ...
Emmanuel (as Tiwari)
Murad ...
Shahensah Julius Caesar
Indira ...
Yasmine
Adil
Vikram Kapoor ...
Leo (as Bikram Kapoor)
Kumari Naaz ...
Young Lydia (as Baby Naaz)
Master Romi ...
Elijah (as Romi)
Helen ...
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Injured by a Jewish child named Elijah, Brutus has his soldiers arrest him, and ignoring the father, Ezra's pleas, he has Elijah thrown to the lions. Ezra's servant, Emmanuel, breaks into Brutus' mansion and abducts his daughter, Lydia, and takes her to Ezra, so that he could kill her. But a grieving Ezra decides to adopt her and re-names her Hannah. Years later the father and daughter are financially well off but people continue to be oppressed by the Romans. Hannah comes to the assistance of Julius Caesar's heir, Marcus, due to an accident with his chariot, and he is smitten by her despite of his forthcoming marriage to Octavia. Unable to get her out of his mind, he dons a Jewish guise, calls himself Moshe, and dramatically befriends her and Ezra. He turns all his affections on Hannah much to Octavia's displeasure. Caesar wants him to wed but Marcus refuses, and an enraged Caesar gives him time to reconsider. Hoping that Moshe will marry her, Hannah is shocked when she witnesses him... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Aansoo Ki Aag Leke, Teri Yaad Aayi
Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi (as Shankar) - Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal (as Jai Kishan)
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Roman era story from Bimal Roy
24 April 2008 | by (Eugene, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I've seen plenty of films depicting the Roman era which include Hebrew characters, but this is the first Indian production, and directed by one of my favorite directors, Bimal Roy, who has never disappointed me. This film has the usual elements I prize in his films: beautifully composed images and wonderful music that isn't too Westernized. It doesn't look like it had an extravagant budget, but neither does it look cheap; the sets and costumes, while different that what I'm used to seeing in a sword & sandal movie (particularly the costumes), are perfectly adequate. Some of the wigs and beards look kind of fake, though. Other than dance sequences and the occasional comic relief (the latter not much in evidence here), Roy's films don't strike me as relying on flashy acting, and here (as in his 1955 version of Devdas), Dilip Kumar's somewhat restrained affect could pass for subtlety. I guess the acting style is more naturalistic. Dilip's wig, though seems unnatural, kind of shiny or metallic looking. Perhaps the intention was to suggest bronze or lighter colored hair. The only plot point that seemed really questionable was the late reveal of Meena Kumari's character's parentage -- I think the character would have been old enough to know where she came from.


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