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Lal Patthar (1971)

Raja Kumar Bahadur alias Gyan Shankar Rai has been a total abstainer all his life, never touching a drop of alcohol, and keeping away from women and all known vices all his life. Then one ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kumar Bahadur Gyan Shankar Rai
Saudamani / Madhuri
Sumita (as Raakhee)
Asit Kumar Sen ...
Haricharan (as Asit Sen)
Mrs. Madhu Chakraborty
Chandramohan ...
(as Chandra Mohan)
Sujata Bakshi ...
(as Sujata)
Meena T. ...
Gokul's Mother (as Leela Misra)
Chandrima Bhaduri ...
Shekhar's Mother (as Chandrima Bahaduri)
Sadhana Khote
Shefali ...
(as Shafali)
Master Sailesh


Raja Kumar Bahadur alias Gyan Shankar Rai has been a total abstainer all his life, never touching a drop of alcohol, and keeping away from women and all known vices all his life. Then one day he sees a young woman named Saudamani, and instantly falls in love with her. He finds out about her background, and virtually buys her, and brings her to his palatial home. This is when he takes to drinking, and wooing her, and renaming her Madhuri, but refrains from marrying her. Years later, he sees another beautiful woman, about half his age, named Sumita, meets with her parents, pays off their debts, and marries her in the bargain. He brings Sumita home, but makes it clear that Madhuri's word is law here. Then Kumar finds out that Sumita had a childhood sweetheart in Shekhar, who has now returned from abroad. Kumar meets with Shekhar and finds out that both still have feelings for each other. An insecure and jealous Kumar now schemes a plot against them on the historical grounds of Fatehpur ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi & Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal
Performed by Kishore Kumar
Lyrics by Neeraj
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Mostly Boring and Hard To Follow
22 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Lal Patthar (1971) is a Bollywood Drama starring Raj Kumar as Kumar Bahadur Gyan Shankar Rai and Hema Malini as Saudamani/Madhuri. The plot is a bit confusing and the premise long, but essentially this movie is about adultery. Raja Kumar Bahadur falls in love with a woman named Saudamani. He brings her home and renames her Madhuri but he does not marry her. Afterwards, he ends up marrying a woman named Sumita in order to pay off her debts and free her in a bargain.

The film starts off pretty funny and has some good scenes, but overall it's not great and does not have anything that makes it stand out from other films. I've watched other Bollywood films that I found easier to follow and enjoyed more than this film and was surprised at the ratings this movie received. The one thing that I really did enjoy about this film was the acting of the star, Hema Malini.

You might enjoy this film if you like classic Bollywood dramas, but if you are not a fan of this genre, you may not enjoy this film. Since it's in Hindi, if you are not fluent in the language, you will have to watch it with subtitles and therefore the film requires more of your attention span. It's also quite long, spanning over 2 hours which is long by Hollywoods standards, but short by Bollywood's standards. I'm not sure why all Bollywood films are musicals, but if you have watched Bollywood movies before, it won't be a surprise to you that this film is also a musical. The songs are okay, but nothing special. Overall, I found it kind of boring with few redeeming qualities.

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