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Tear-drenched and saturated in melancholy
van_goethem from London, England
25 November 2005
Mohan and Manu are childhood sweethearts. They grow up and become
engaged. Mohan goes off to the city to buy jewellery for the wedding.
He gets attacked and robbed and is taken to hospital where he remains
unconscious for nearly a week.
Back in the village, folks are becoming worried. The wedding date is
impending and the groom's a no-show. (Apparently, it doesn't occur to
anyone to go and find out what may have happened to Mohan). The
Panchayat (village court) accepts the lies of the villainous Mahku and
his sidekick, Kalva that Mohan must have run off with a city girl.
Despite the protests of Mohan's father and the distraught Manju, the
Panchayat decides that if a date has been set for a wedding, then a
wedding there shall be. Makhu knows just where to find a groom; a rich
contractor whose sister is looking to get some free home help. For a
few rupees, Makhu does the deal with her.
The marriage takes place. Neither the bride nor the groom see each
other's faces until after the ceremony. They are not a happy couple.
The groom is an old man with a heart condition and four young
children. He didn't expect a young bride and promptly has a coronary -
but manages to force Manju into promising to be a mother to the
Mohan returns from the city but he's too late and this tear-drenched,
melancholic drama eventually reaches an improbable conclusion after
Even dedicated fans of Indian cinema are likely to find this movie hard
to sit through. The camera remains rooted to the floor and the studio
sets make it look like a filmed play rather than a motion picture. Even
so, it does have compensations. The lovers' mating call is hauntingly
beautiful and there are plenty of other songs (though the endless
close-ups of Nargis' tear-streaked face do become a bit wearying by the
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