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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.


Kamal Amrohi


Kamal Amrohi (by)




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
Kaneez Kaneez
Jagannath Jagannath
Mohsin Mohsin
Laxman Rao Laxman Rao
S.A. Baker S.A. Baker ... (as S. A. Baker)


The story is about a man Shankar who moves into an old n abandoned palace. Upon his visit to the palace, he is greeted by the gardener who tells him that the palace was inhabited by a couple forty years back and that the couple died one aft another cos of their intense love. Shankar is astonished when he sees the photo of the old owner which looks exactly like him. At night time Shankar follows a woman singing n the moment he approaches, she disappears. He tells this to his friend but the friend warms him to stay away from the palace. The ghost appears again but this time she warns the friend to not come between Shankar n her. Shankar slowly gets drawn towards the ghost n the palace n his insanity becomes questionable aft his marriage. Written by Fella_shibby@yahoo.com

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But to die as lovers may - to die together, so that they may live together.


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One example that comes to my mind where the Hindi song definitely came first is a song by the British 1960s-era folk-rock band "The Incredible String Band"... the song is called "White Bird" and is on their album "Changing Horses" - the main theme of the refrain is clearly borrowed from the song "Ayegaa Aane Wala" from Mahal. Since Mahal came out in 1949, when the members of The Incredible String Band would still have been infants, it's pretty clear which direction the borrowing was in. Sorry if this has been mentioned before. See more »


Aayega Aanewala
Music by Khemchand Prakash
Lyrics by J. Nakshab
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
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Classic suspense movie
14 March 2007 | by manjitsSee all my reviews

This is one of the greatest suspense movies of all times in any language. Kamal Amrohi was a genius, who could never reproduce at the same level, as in Mahal, his debut venture. In this respect, he reminds me of Orsen Welles, whose debut venture Citizen Kane was his best, and one of the greatest movie of all times. What upsets me most is that Mahal is considered a ghost story by many commentators. Nothing could be further from truth. It's a great suspense story, told in a straight forward way, and yet exceptionally hard to guess the surprise ending on first viewing. Khemchand Prakash's music is among the finest in Hindi movies. But for his early demise, he would have been as much an icon as Naushad he introduced to Hindi films.

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Hindi | Urdu

Release Date:

1949 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Palace See more »


Box Office


INR4,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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