To pay for his sister's marriage, a brother enters into a criminal conspiracy to impersonate the nephew of a wealthy male.

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Rajesh Ratanlal Dixit / Ravinath Sharma
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Nurse
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Shyam
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Roopa's Dad (as David)
Sunder ...
Pyare
D.K. Sapru ...
Raja Dinanath / Badriprasad (as Sapru)
Kamal Mehra
Siddhu
Rajan Haksar ...
Motilal
Ratnamala ...
Roopa's Mom
Pratima Devi ...
Mrs. R. Dixit (as Pritima Devi)
Naina
Ram Singh ...
Ram Singh - Dinanath's Chauffeur (as Ramsingh)
R.P. Kapoor ...
Roopa's Uncle
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Calcutta-based Rajesh Dixit lives a poor lifestyle along with his widowed mother, and sister, Chanda; is employed with a male named Shyam, and spends a lot of time gambling. He is upset when he finds Chanda has been seeing a male named Ramu, however, when he goes to confront the latter, he finds him to be his childhood friend, and ends up arranging their marriage. Unable to finance the wedding reception, he enters into a criminal conspiracy with Motilal to impersonate the nephew, Ravinath Sharma, of Darjeeling's Raja Dinanath. Rajesh re-locates there, convinces Dinanath that he is indeed his estranged nephew, then woos wealthy Roopa and hopes to wed her soon. But things do not exactly turn out as he had planned - for soon the police will be not only be made aware of his real id. but they will also have evidence that he has killed Dinanath. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Like he did in Baazi, even in Mahal, Dev Anand's character frequents the casino and gambling houses where he is always lucky and wins good amount of money. See more »

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Classic case of what could have been
26 April 2014 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

Mahal is based on an interesting premise. Rajesh Dixit (Dev Anand) is paid to impersonate the nephew of a rich man whom he has not seen since 18 years. Desperately in need of money, he accepts the assignment, only to find that nothing is what it seems.

It has the material for a tight, exciting thriller. Unfortunately, suspense scenes are few and far between. I confess that I didn't see the one plot twist coming, but there's little to build on it. Way too much time is wasted on the romantic angle between Rajesh and Roopa (Asha Parekh) and much too often, the flow is interrupted by a song.

With a run time of nearly 2 hours and 30 minutes, the movie outstays its welcome. Nonetheless, it has its moments. Dev Anand is his usual charming self, as is David (as Roopa's father)- the one extra star is for those two. The movie is decent and yet, it could have been so much more.

To sum it up: great idea, poor execution.


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