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Dastan (1950)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Romance
Indira (Suraiya) is an orphan brought up the strict and uprighteous Rani (Veena). Indira grows up to be a beauty and is sought by three suitors Raj (Raj Kapoor), Kundan (Al Nasir), and ... See full summary »


Abdul Rashid Kardar (as A.R. Kardar)


S.N. Banerjee (dialogue), S.N. Banerjee (story) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Suraiya ... Indira
Raj Kapoor ... Raj
Veena ... Rani
Suresh ... Ramesh
Al Nasir Al Nasir ... Kundan
Pratima Devi Pratima Devi ... Ramesh's mom (as Protima Devi)
Murad ... Father
S.N. Banerjee S.N. Banerjee ... Shambhu Dada (as Banerji)
Laxman Laxman ... (as Lakshman)
Surendra Surendra ... (as Surinder)
Baby Anwari Baby Anwari
Swartha Swartha
Krishna Kumar Krishna Kumar


Indira (Suraiya) is an orphan brought up the strict and uprighteous Rani (Veena). Indira grows up to be a beauty and is sought by three suitors Raj (Raj Kapoor), Kundan (Al Nasir), and Ramesh (Suresh). Rani does not like Indira to marry into her family as both Raj and Kundan are her brothers, and she wants Indira to marry Ramesh, and as such arranges a meeting with Ramesh's mom (Pratima Devi) and finalizes the marriage. Indira does not appreciate this and refuses to marry Ramesh. Raj speaks of his love with Rani, and Rani warns him that Indira is to marry Ramesh, but also has an on-going affair with his brother Kundan. Who does Indira really love? Will she ever marry her dream man? Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Drama | Family | Romance


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vintage Melodrama in which VEENA owns the film
2 August 2016 | by slazenger_7See all my reviews

DASTAN (1950) could have been a truly haunting classic had its director Abdur Rashid Kardar approached it with the fatalistic style of his brother-in-law Mehboob Khan; fyi, Kardar's wife, Hindi film actress Bahar Akhtar, was the elder sister of Mehboob Khan's 2nd wife Sardar Akhtar (the original "Mother India" in Mehboob's AURAT-1940). This film is a Hindi remake of the 1948 Hollywood film ENCHANTMENT starring David Niven, Teresa Wright, and Jayne Meadows. Comparing the two films, DASTAN is actually the slightly better of the two films. However, DASTAN was designated to spotlight the legendary Hindi film heroine Suraiya; she sang her own songs ! In spite of this almost prodigious talent for a screen heroine, Suraiya is overshadowed by the overwhelmingly stunning screen presence of Veena (a Hindi film star in her own right). Veena (born Tajour Sultana in Quetta, Balochistan) was the most beautiful actress in the history of Hindi cinema, second to none. Veena was a screen siren like no other in that her bewitching looks combined with her powerful voice and modulated style of delivering dialogues made her leading men come across as boys. And this film is no exception...Even with big name heroes of that era: Raj Kapoor, Suresh (real name Nasim Ahmad), and Al Nasir (Veena's real life husband). A real oddity of casting has Al Nasir playing his wife's "brother" in this film; in Indian culture especially of that era, this would have raised some eyebrows. When Suraiya's character 'Indira' has her climactic scene in which she stands up to Veena's 'Rani', Veena owns the scene just by the glare in her eyes. Veena was too powerful a screen presence for any of her co-stars throughout her 40 plus year acting career. This film is highly recommended in it's own right, but a must see to behold the Hindi screen siren Veena. DASTAN was the 3rd highest grossing film of 1950 earning over Rs. 65 Lakhs, just behind SAMADHI (Rs. 75 Lakhs) and BABUL (Rs. 70 Lakhs); in the year 1950, 65-75 Lakh rupees would be like Rs. 650-750 Crores in 2015. Photographs of Veena available via the internet do NOT do her justice. Viewers would have to see her films in good quality prints to grasp Veena's beauty. DASTAN is one of them...While AFSANA (1951) co-starring Ashok Kumar & Pran, NAJMA (1943) co-starring Ashok Kumar & Yakub, and HUMAYUN (1945) co-starring Ashok Kumar & Nargis are notably some others; in this latter film, Veena's character portrayal summed up her entire screen persona: She was hard enough to kill you and soft enough to disarm you...

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