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Mahal (1949)

A young lawyer is involved with a ghostly woman in his new house, where the builder and his fiancée died shortly after it was built.

Director:

Kamal Amrohi

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Kamal Amrohi (by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashok Kumar ... Hari Shankar
Madhubala ... Kamini
M. Kumar M. Kumar ... Hari Shankar's Father (as Kumar)
Vijayalaxmi Vijayalaxmi ... Ranjana
Kanu Roy Kanu Roy ... Shrinath
S. Nazir S. Nazir
Eruch Tarapore Eruch Tarapore
Sheela Naik Sheela Naik
Leela Pandey Leela Pandey
Neelam
Kaneez Kaneez
Jagannath Jagannath
Mohsin Mohsin
Laxman Rao Laxman Rao
S.A. Baker S.A. Baker ... (as S. A. Baker)
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Storyline

Hari Shankar (Ashok Kumar) comes to claim his inheritance - a palatial building known as Shabnam Mahal. He does not see anything out of the normal, until he sees his portrait on the wall. The housekeeper tells him the background of the portrait and the tragic ending of two lovers. Later, Hari Shankar sees a woman singing and swinging in the garden swing, when he approaches, she disappears. Both the housekeeper and his lawyer friend, Shrinath, warn Hari Shankar, and ask him to stay away from this house, he does so, only to be drawn back. No one can help Hari Shankar now as he continues to be drawn deeper and deeper into the dark world of the ghostly apparition. "Ayega.. ayega... aanewala, aayega...." is still popular on radio and tapes/cd. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Urdu

Release Date:

1949 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Palace See more »

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Budget:

INR 4,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Song "Aayega Aanewala" was the first Hit Song of Lata Mangeshkar. During that period, songs would be attached to the characters of the Movie and people would not get to know the Singer. This song became that when AIR (All India Radio) played it, people called up to know the name of the singer, and AIR subsequently called up the Recording House to know. Today, Lata Mangeshkar is the undisputed female playback singing queen of India. See more »

Soundtracks

Dil Ne Fir Yaad Kiya
Lyrics by Nakshab
Music by Khemchand Prakash
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Suspenseful drama
12 January 2007 | by sandeepjoshi9-1See all my reviews

This is classic in real sense of the word. A tight suspense from beginning to end. Mahal is one of the greatest films ever made in Bombay filmdom. Adding to the suspense is all time great song 'Aayega aane wala...'. See it for a very young Madhubala and highly expressive Ashok Kumar. Kamal Amrohi has not made any better movie than this one. Though his 'Daira' is another great hidden classic. He is primarily remembered for 'Pakeeza'. Very few films gained the status this film achieved. This is certainly one of the ten best from Bombay. The story has twisting end which will certainly surprise you and you will never be the same again. Most of the movie was shot indoors, one can easily tell that comparing it to modern standards, yet the directorial perfection is amazing. A must see.


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