Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Siblings Raja and Laxmi are separated during childhood when Raja has to go to a reformatory after stealing medicine for his ailing mother. He is an imaginative lad, quick and resourceful, who can manufacture lies at the drop of a hat. While he grows up in the reformatory, Laxmi grows up in an orphanage.
Years later, Raja (Kishore Kumar) is released and he looks everywhere for his sister, learning that she is in an orphanage. Meanwhile he also gets the job of a servant in a house manned by a rich miser Bholaram (Om Prakash). When he goes to meet Laxmi (Kumari Naaz) he pretends to have done well with himself and impresses her with his big talk about business and money. He also dresses nattily during those visits. On one of these visits, Laxmi tells him that she would like to study more and asks him to pay for her college admissions. In a fix, Raja steals the money from his employer to save his and Laxmi's face. He also steals a costly sari and some jewellery to gift them to Laxmi. Soon, Raja is caught and thrown out of Bholaram's home, and sent to jail. Laxmi, burning with shame for what her brother has done leaves the orphanage to fend for herself.
After serving his sentence, Raja comes to Rani to explain what happened. Rani, the sweet girl that she is, patiently hears him out and forgives him. He is then employed as Dr Mohan's driver and recognises his sister in his master's home. Realising that his presence might jeopardise her happiness, he decides to leave. A misunderstanding results in Raja being insulted and shooed out of Dr Mohan's home. And, then as I said, plenty of events take place...
There is a simplicity about this family film that really attracted me. Though I'm never game to watch Kishore Kumar (as I always feel he is too frivolous with his parts) as the lead, this one is not bad at all. He is quite convincing as Raja. Om Prakash is funny and Pran is delightful. Kumari Naaz is melodramatic but good.