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  • The setting is in scenic Simla, summer capital of the British Raj in the 1970's. Chandramukhi from Bombay is on holiday with her parents and so is Naresh, a US educated medical professional with his parents. Chandramukhi and Naresh show interest in each other, encouraged by their parents. Choudhary Janak Singh, an important and wealthy man lives with his lawyer daughter Karuna in a lovely colonial period mansion. Their house-guest Mohan, a lawyer from Chandigarh is a protege of Janak Singh. Karuna and Mohan develop a romantic interest. The story of Paro and Madho, who lived in pre-independence India comes to affect the present. Events of thirty years ago in the lives of Paro, Madho,Janak, Saraswathi, the gardener and the disgraced policeman come back to create soulful links between past and present. Themes from the life of Zamindars, British Colonial rulers, parapsychology and law are skilfully twisted, so that most turns in the tale are unexpected. Attention to detail is excellent.

  • Chandramukhi is a pretty young woman who lives in Bombay, India, with her mom, Sarla, and dad. They decide to go on a holiday to scenic Simla, where Sarla meets her childhood friend, Kanta Gupta, who lives there with her Psychiatrist son, Naresh. Chandramukhi and Naresh are attracted to each other much to joy of their respective parents. Then on the first night in Simla, Chandramukhi has a nightmare where she sees herself chasing a man. The second night she has the same nightmare, prompting Naresh to hypnotize her, and walks her through her adult life, then to her younger years, and then to her past life. Unable to proceed further, as he has no experience in this field, Naresh stops. Then Chandramukhi's condition keeps on getting worse, she feels herself being attracted to former resident of Chandigarh, and now Simla's Public Prosecutor Mohan Kapoor, who is to marry Advocate Karuna , the daughter of wealthy Choudhury Janak Singh. When Mohan begins to fall in love with Chandramukhi, and tells about this to Karuna, she decides to step aside and let him marry her. when Karuna invites Mohan and Chandramukhi over to her father's house - the very day he has decided to announce her engagement with Mohan - Chandramukhi reacts with a terrified scream in Janak's presence - an incident which will result in the investigation of sexual molestation and the subsequent murder of a village belle named Paro over 20 years ago. The perpetrator of these crimes is still at large with very little evidence to show that he actually did rape and kill Paro.


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