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Kohraa (1964)

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In this re-imagining of Du Maurier's Rebecca, a recently wed woman discovers the ghost of her husband's first wife still haunts their home.

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Complete credited cast:
Biswajeet ...
Raja Amit Kumar Singh
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Rajeshwari
Lalita Pawar ...
Dai Maa
Tarun Bose ...
Ramesh
Madan Puri ...
Kamal Rai
Manmohan Krishna ...
Kamal's Advocate
Asit Kumar Sen ...
Goverdhan 'Gobar' (as Asit Sen)
Badri Prasad
Abhi Bhattacharya ...
Advocate Bhattacharya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sujit Kumar ...
Ranjan
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After her dad passes away, Rajeshwari is left an orphan, dependent on a widow with a mentally challenged son, Ramesh. She believes that her son will recover after Rajeshwari marries him, this drive Rajeshwari to suicide, and this is where she meets Raja Amit Kumar Singh. Both meet, fall in love, and get married. Rajeshwari is then taken to his palace and is simply overawed. It is then she finds out that Amit had been married before to Poonam, who had passed away. She experiences Poonam's presence in the palace, especially in her bedroom, where she finds the rocking chair moves by itself, the bed is warm as though somebody had slept in it, the windows open up on their own, and she hears a voice singing. This begins to tell on her nerves, and the presence of Poonam's maidservant, Dai Maa, does not help. Then their lives are turned upside down when the Police find Poonam skeletal remains in a car at the bottom of a muddied lake, and they arrest Amit for killing her. If found guilty, Amit... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A total rip-off of Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940)
1 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

But having said that - the cast here does a wonderful job of remaking the atmosphere that makes "Rebecca" an awesome movie. Waheeda Rehman is convincing as a newly-wed bride driven paranoid by the housekeeper (Lalita Pawar) and the mysterious specter of her husband's first wife...a thriller faithfully remade for the Hindi-speaking audience.

The overall cinematography is quite good. Most of the songs serve no purpose except for "Jhoom Jhoom..." which sounds quite appropriate as the recurring theme for the mysterious events occurring in the film. Lalita Pawar does an excellent job as the menacing housekeeper (Dai Maa) and is genuinely scary.

Biswajeet is the only weak point of the movie - but his role is existent for cosmetic purposes only - so much cannot be expected from him.

Overall, a good movie - but do not watch it at night!


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