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Vijay lives a wealthy lifestyle with his widowed dad, Mohan, and is betrothed to Gayetri Prasad when they were still children. Now both are adults and are attracted to each other. Gayetri, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geyetri B. Prasad
Anant Nag ...
Prema Narayan ...
Madan Puri ...
Badri Prasad
Om Shivpuri ...
Jagdeep ...
B.M. Vyas ...
Shashi Puri ...
Vijay's friend
Rajendra Nath ...
Mohan's Munim
Keshto Mukherjee ...
Drunk in tonga
Asit Kumar Sen ...
Manmauji (as Asit Sen)
Chand Usmani ...
Satyavati B. Prasad
Jayshree T. ...
Jaggu's dream girl
Meena T. ...
Jaggu's dream girl


Vijay lives a wealthy lifestyle with his widowed dad, Mohan, and is betrothed to Gayetri Prasad when they were still children. Now both are adults and are attracted to each other. Gayetri, who lives a middle-class lifestyle with her dad, Badri, and mom, Satyavati, in Madhavpur, is soon married to Vijay, but realizes that he is an atheist, while she is a devout Hindu, and worshiper of Lord Shiv, and it was perhaps for this reason that their marriage ceremony was marred by several accidents, including Vijay being mauled by a runaway buffalo, and a fire breaking out at the Mandap itself. On their wedding night, Gayetri is subjected to more shock and trauma as she gets to witness a different Vijay, someone who is lusty, and much more eager to have his way with her, than make love to her. The rest of the family also find out, have Vijay examined by a doctor, who prescribes some rest, and then a discharge. However, Vijay relapses, leaving the family no alternative but to call in a Tantrik, ... Written by rAjOo (

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Horror | Thriller





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10 April 1981 (India)  »

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An Indian exorcist .
6 May 2007 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The title Mangalsutra , which means a sacred golden chain, worn by Hindu married women, not only as a sign of their marital status, but to ward off the evil eye,and also protect their husband's life, from evil forces.

This movie succeeded in creating the desired effect of a weird atmosphere, evil spirit of an enraged soul, out to take revenge, possessed husband , and his brave wife, who struggles to free her husband of the evil possession, against all odds.

It was basically due to the perfect casting, of Anant Nag as the husband, Rekha as his wife, and Prema Narayan, as the woman, who won't let the man live peacefully even after she is dead, as her love was not accepted by him.

All three of them are worthy of praise, for giving excellent performances ,as otherwise, in such kind of horror movies, one can hardly expect any acting.

Supporting actors have also added to the film's effective delivery of the weird factor, which is further enhanced by the special effects, which are reasonably organized, relevant to the technologies of the 80's.

The final struggle of the movie's heroine Rekha, trying to reach the famous Shiva temple at Ujjain, in M.P. of India, is picturised in a pulsating manner.

Finally, it's the power of the sacred chain, Mangalsutra, which wins above all odds. but more so, it's the iron willed woman, determined to rid her husband from the evil spirit , who emerges as a powerful individual , whom even the supernatural can not defeat. Musical score is average , not bad, not memorable either.

It's surprising , however, why this sufficiently awe-inspiring movie was so much under-rated, while other movies like Gehrayee, or Raat, were hyped and did better at the box.

of course, the treatment to the situations in Raat, or Gehrayee, were more relevant to the modern day events, like young college girls falling in love, and roaming around with their boyfriends, or the role of Padmini Kolhapure in Gehrayee, where she is shown sitting in nude, with her back to the camera, and the angle is a little distant, not a close up, but still, that bold shot, where she is subject to exorcism, evoked curiosity .

Rekha, the heroine of this movie, is always clad in a Saree, and bedecked with ornaments, that's the difference.

i have given 8 out of 10 to this, as i feel, the movie is not frivolous, and quite good at supernatural theme. worth watching , for the performances, and the overall suspense, horror.

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