i bought Khazanchi video as it was written on front cover that it starred Rajendra Kumar (the tragedy prince of60's) and Shashikala(the glamorous garrulous heroine of the 60's).
when i saw it i was amazed it was actually a 1941 film Khazanchi which actually starred S.D.Narang,Ramola,Manorma and Jankidas (the world no.1 cyclist who participated in Olympics).it was made in India in undivided Punjab's capital in Lahore before partition.produced by Puncholi art pictures.music by Ghulam Haider and dialogs and lyrics by Wali.dialogs are good by Wali.recorded on R.C. A. sound system .the picture quality on Eagle was quite bad but watchable,what was irritating were lots of advertisement in between.also picture length was less than 2 hours when actually it was 171 minutes.
it starts with a song which you can still hear on radio "Saawan Ke Nazare Hain" and the song ends with the collision of a group of cycling girls and another group of cycling boys.
the "Diwali song" and "Ek Kali Nazon Me Pali" are good others are a little dated.film has funny and witty dialogs.its a very sweet very nice film showcasing Indian culture and way of living in per independence India.film star-rs S.D. Narang in lead who is a mix of Dilip Kumar and Gregory Peck.now its 5 rupees bus fare for the shortest distance then it was just 3 Anna's.his sister Asha played by Manorma (Who twenty years later was playing the fat,comic and evil lady of Indian cinema whom you can see in classic films like "Bahoron Ke Sapne" and Caravan) sings on the radio.
now S D Narang's package changes with the package of Madhuri played by Ramola at a shop ,ladies undergarments changed for chest expander.this mistake bring them closer.Narang's father Shadilal who works in a bank in Lahore has to go to Bombay for some bank work.
Madhuri has a nice fat slightly crippled father Lala Durgadas played by Durga Mota .his servant takes him outside for fresh air and takes his hands off the wheelchair .Lala Durgadas left at the bridge on a wheel chair while dozing of, his wheelchair slides down the road and he was just going to be crushed by a car when S D Narang saves him.
Shadilal checks into a hotel in Bombay .a clever vile characterless mischievous women Tarawati is also staying in the hotel trying to catch a prey in her net.she dresses attractively in latest fashion does plays on stage.
Shadilal takes out money from the bank.Tarawati intercepts him and takes him to a night club.a foreign dancer in scant clothing is dancing there Shadilal being a conservative man closes his eyes before this nudity.Tarawati makes him drink lots of wine.later she steals money from him.when she is just leaving ,Tarawati gets killed by her two male accomplice who try to snatch money from her.when shadilal wakes up he finds himself with a dead body and all money stolen.
the Tribune headlines" Khazanchi Kills Actress".Shadilal runs away from law wanders here and there becomes like a beggar.he changes so much that his son couldn't recognize him.when his father comes at his doorstep he gives him food to eat .he has now become an advocate.
his sister (Manorma) gets sick on diwali.she catches fire with diwali Dian when worshiping Tulsa .her beggar father saves her.
Madhuri writes a letter to elope and run away.Narang refuses to do so as their family name is already maligned and this will just make it worse.his father gets caught and he is the prosecuting attorney.meanwhile tribune reporter (Janki Das) stumbles upon important facts regarding stage actress murder.but is caught by the miscreants who hide him in far off village.he manages to escape and after some heart stopping stunts manages to reach court. narang's father get acquitted.and happiness returns to their family.
its a miracle that i found this film very few films of per 48 are available it was about a time when India didn't had such large population roads were lined with lush green trees.people were nice and courteous. a tale of days gone by a film reflecting its period.a lovely film a entertaining film.acting direction music all is top class.the print may be bad the film isn't.
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