Her Highness

Bharat Talkies (1946)

Director: Balwant Bhatt

Producer: P.B. Zaveri

Music: H.C. Bali

Choreography: Ramdhan

Cast: Dilawar, Meera (Meerabai), Sarla Devi, Mehdi Raza, H. Prakash, Agha Peerjan, Madhukar Gupte, K.S. Sengar, Narbada Shankar.

Plot: The Maharaj Karan Singh of Rajnagar had put into his will that upon his death the princess should be heir to the throne. The will was stolen, however, by an unknown person.

Sir Pratap, the Diwan of the state, assisted by Prince Kumar, took over Rajnagar and reigned with an iron fist and forged a will that stated that Kumar succeed as ruler.

The original will was handed over to Veer Ramnayak (Dilawar), a loyal subject of the state. Pratap came to know of this and had Ramnayak thrown in prison, but this caused the citizens to revolt. The real will is produced before the subjects and Pratap is forced to leave the state for good.

Dilwar and Sarla Devi in HER HIGHNESS

His Highness

Prakash Pictures (1937)

Director: Balwant Bhatt

Music: Shankar Rao, Lalloobhai

Choreography: Mohan Prashad

Cast: Jayant, Sardar Akhtar, Gulab, Shirin, Umakant, Jal Writer, Lalloobhai, M. Ismail, M. Zahoor, Radha, Jehangir, Lekhraj, Chhotejan, Bashir Qual, Madhav, Horse Bahadur, Dog Tiger, Dog Tommy.

Plot: “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown,” and that begins the story of His Highness.

When the king of Rajnagar dies, the Queen (Gulab) discovers that he had bequeathed the throne not to her mad son Pratap (Umakant), but to their nephew, the young Prince Kirit (Madhav). This made the queen very angry.

Captain Dilip (Jayant), Kirit’s bodyguard, takes the boy and his animal pals, Tiger (Dog Tiger) and Bahadur (Horse Bahadur), on an outing along with servants Ram (Lekhraj) and Rahim (Chhotejan). A group of ruffians surround Dilip and Kirit and attack them, knocking Dilip unconscious, and kidnapping Kirit. Bahadur gallops away to inform Ram and Rahim while Tiger takes off after the goons. Meanwhile, back at the palace, the aged prime minister (Jal Writer), Princess Asha (Sardar Akhtar), and Asha’s maid Kala (Shirin), are told of the kidnapping. Kala then overhears the queen planning to place the blame on Dilip for the kidnapping, thus doing away with him. Kala finds and informs Dilip that it is safest if he stays away from the kingdom for the time being.

Tiger finds Kirit but is unable to free him. However, the dog is able to lead Dilip, on horseback, to the cabin where the prince is being held. Dilip, Tiger and Bahadur put up a good fight against the ruffians, but the crooked Jalim Singh has Dilip arrested. Jalim attempts to take off with Kirit, but Ram and Rahim are able to rescue him.

The queen learns that the prince has been saved by some unknown persons and arranges that the boy should be found and killed, and that the killer will be appointed Prime Minister. Her plan is foiled by a masked man and eventually Kirit is returned safely to the palace.

But with Dilip having vanished, the minister must find someone else to play bodyguard. The Queen suggests her loyal follower Captain Ajaya (M. Zahoor), but the minister disapproves of that choice. When the Queen starts to form another dastardly plan, the mysterious masked man makes an appearance and cautions her to take no actions against Kirit. But the Queen soon ignores the warning and arranges a plot to frame the minister for some crime, thus leaving Kirit with no protection. But she didn’t count on the involvement of Asha, Kala, Tiger, Bahadur and Tommy (Dog Tommy) in trying to save the life of the child prince.

Carnival Queen

Jewel Pictures (1955)

Director/Producer: Noshir Engineer

Music: Shafi M. Nagri

Choreography: Shanti Madhok, Sam Judah.

Cast: Fearless Nadia, John Cawas, Habib, Sardar Mansoor, Manchi Toothi, Hema Kumari, Sheikh, Aftab, Master Satish, Dog Moti, H. Prakash, Pritam Dehlvi, Shafi, Sam Judah, M.S. Khan, Aga Mehraj, Mary, Van Cipili, Julien, Korega, Yadev, Abdulla, Gaikwad, Ganpat, Chand, Kumari Madhok.

Plot: Prakash Babu, the owner of the Jewel Carnival, has become heavily indebted to Prashad (Habib) who has his eyes on taking over the business and who begins to secretly create additional problems for the venue which in turn makes it difficult for Prakash to pay back the money owed.

Asha (Fearless Nadia), Prakash’s daughter, and a trick shooter for the carnival, engages a daredevil motorcyclist named Ashok (John Cawas) whose show “The Well of Death” boosts the box office receipts and reduces Prakash’s anxiety.

Prashad, on the other hand, is none to happy with the boosted attendance and he tampers with Ashok’s cycle before the next show ride. However, the dancing damsel of the carnival, Shanti (Hema Kumari), reveals the situation to Ashok, thus saving his life. But saving Ashok’s life puts a target on hers, and Prashant kills Shanti and then frames Ashok.

Just as Ashok’s fate is sealed, Shyam, the carnival clowns, finds evidence of Ashok’s innocence, and Prashad’s guilt, and when the police close in, Prashad skips town, but with Asha in hot pursuit!

Habib and Fearless Nadia in CARNIVAL QUEEN.

Choron Ka Chor (Thief or Thieves)

M.H. Films (1970)

Director/Producer: Mohammad Hussain

Music: Dattaram

Choreography: Badri Prasad, Shobha.

Action: Mohammad Ali

Cast: Dara Singh, Shabnam, Madan Puri, Shetty, Agha, Bhagwan, Roopesh Kumar, Jayashree T., Randhir, Sanjid, Meena, Neelam, Paro Devi, Gul Hamid, Kamini Devi, Shefali, Jerry, Anjum, Dada Kurtay, Mulchand, Dilip Dagi, Sabir, V. Gopal, Vishwas Kunte, Master Ripple, Indira Bansal, Habib.

Plot: Ashok (Dara Singh), a self-styled vigilante, takes the law into his own hands to assist the poor and to bring defeat to the smugglers and black marketers of the city. Known to one and all as Choron-ka-Chor, Ashok takes particular delight in teaching a lesson to Madan, an ace smuggler.

Ashok falls in love with a poor girl named Roopa (Shabnam), and Madan kidnaps Roopa in an effort to bring Ashok down a peg. Ashok, however, was too clever to fall into the crook’s trap and he manages to rescue Roopa from Madan’s clutches.

When Roopa falls victim to an accident and loses her eyesight, Ashok searches for a way to help pay for the surgery needed to help her see again. Ashok goes to see the wealthy Seth Dhaniram to ask for a loan, but the man refuses to oblige him. Ashok becomes angry at Dhaniram and becomes physical with the man. This moment presented Madan with the perfect opportunity to take out Ashok. Madan has his gang kill Dhaniram and frame the murder on Ashok.

Will the real murderer be revealed?

Will Roopa regain her eyesight?

And will Ashok succeed in busting Madan’s smuggling ring?

C.I.D. Girl

Shanti Niketan Films (1959)

Director: Ravindra Dave

Producer: P.D. Lamba

Music: Roshan

Choreography: Krishna Kutty, Babu Lal, Sohanlal, Satyanarayan

Cast: Geeta Bali, Balraj, Sahni, Subiraj, Kanahiyalal, Patanjal, Kumud Tripathi, Helen, Vishwa Mehra, Mohan Choti, Paul Sharma, Kathana, Shivji, Ravikant, Masood, Billoo, Shashi, Satpal, Sayyed, Rehana, Anwari Begum, Chachaji, Aswani Kumar.

Plot: John (Patanjal) and Nawab (Kanahyalal) run a drug ring in which they employee a poor, illiterate, but kind hearted young man named Mohan (Balraj Sahni) who, out of desperation, assists the men in their dirty deeds. You see, Mohan is totally devoted to his younger brother Suraj (Subiraj) and must try to make enough money so that Suraj can remain in college and receive a decent education, something Mohan never had.

John and Nawab later take in two gypsies, Chand (Geeta Bali) and Sandow (Kumud Tripathi), who later conspire against the crooks, and when Suraj mysteriously goes missing, they join up with Mohan to find out why.

Delhi Junction

Nigarstan (India) Films (1960)

Director: Mohammad Hussain

Producer: R.L. Sharma

Music: Kalyanji Anandji

Choreography: Badri Prasad, Krishan Kutty

Cast: Ajit, Shakila, Pran, Nishi, Maruti, Manorama, Tiwari, Protima Devi, Murad, Rafique, Kamal Mohan, Haroon, Anwari Bai, Paul Sharma, Jagdish Kanwal, Nadir, Satish, Sadiq, Sarita, Cuckoo, Rajni, Khurshid.

Plot: Intending to take control of his wife Aarti’s fortune, Kumar (Pran) makes her a virtual prisoner while at the same time he is taking up with a dancer named Bijlee (Nishi).

When Kumar learns that his wife’s uncle is arriving from overseas he becomes concerned that it will ruin his scheme, but then discovers that there is a student named Shobha (Shakila) at a dancing school in another city whose looks are identical to Aarti’s. Kumar proposes to have her impersonate his wife, but first he must find a way to make Shobha agree to the plan.

When Shobha decides to visit her aunt in Dehli, Kumar arranges to book passage on the same train and in the same compartment. His henchman, Kedar, also enters the compartment and creates a ruckus by snatching Shobha’s purse and locket at gunpoint and then scuffles with Kumar, threatening him with a knife. Shobha picks up the gun that Kedar has dropped and shoots at him. She then faints dead away.

When Shobha awakens, Kedar, who had staged the whole drama, tells her that he has disposed of the crook’s body, then blackmails her into helping grab his wife’s riches.

Shobha is forced to forgo her engagement with Inspector Ramesh (Ajit), and the police officer becomes suspicious and begins to investigate why Kumar has such a hold over his former fiance.

Many thanks to MN Sardana ji for his help translating the plot of DELHI JUNCTION from Hindi to English.

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Ranjit Movitone (1933)

Director: Chandulal Shah

Cast: Gohar, Mehtab, Eddie Billimoria, Yakub, Dixit, Ghory, Keki Adajania

Plot: Kusum (Gohar) was an ultra-modern girl in all of her behaviors, but in her heart lurked the old ideals which held traditional Indian culture in high esteem.

Kusum’s guardian wished to marry her off to a wealthy, older man…old enough to be her grandfather! But Kusum protested and refused, and as a result she sought shelter at the home of Kishandas (Keki Adajania), a well-known philanthropist. Kishandas’s son was staying in Kashmir, and thus his fatherly love fell on the orphaned Kusum.

One day, while taking herself for a drive, another car sped past Kusum, throwing muddy water all over the young woman. The negligent motorist stepped out of his car and asked her forgiveness, but Kusum was in no mood to be pleasant. She tossed abuses at him, calling him a brute, and he in turn lost his temper and told her “Learn manners, you…Miss 33!”


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Gohar and Eddie Billimoria


Returning to Kishandas’ abode, Kusum came face to face with the young man whom she had quarreled with on the roadway. Just as she was about to call the servant to help throw him out, Kishandas arrived and introduced the man as his son, Jayant (Eddie Billimoria)! All was forgiven between the two youngsters, and eventually they grew close.


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Eddie Billimoria, Gohar, and (in inset photo) Mehtab


Kishori (Mehtab) and Ramesh (Yakub) were Jayant’s college friends. Kishori had a place in her heart for Jayant, and after meeting Kusum, took a dislike toward her. Meanwhile, Ramesh had strong feelings for Kishori.


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Keki Adajania, Gohar, Dixit, Eddie Billimoria, Ghory, and Mehtab


One day Kishandas invited a group over so that Kusum, who was of marriageable age, might meet a potential mate. Jayant thought this custom, known as ‘sayamvar’ was silly and jokingly suggested Kusum choose the portly mill-owner, Manharlal (Dixit). In order to tease Jayant, Kusum began to act as though she were interested in Manharlal, and the next day Jayant even saw her making goo-goo eyes at a photo of the businessman…or so he thought! Jayant was disturbed by this, but as it turned out, it was not a photo of Manharlal, but a photo of Jayant himself! Relieved, he and Gohar decide to get married.


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Yakub, Gohar, and Eddie Billimoria


As it turned out, Kishori ended up marrying Manharlal, much to the chagrin of Ramesh. One day Kishori invited everyone to a picnic where she proceeded to playfully flirt with Jayant. Kusum decided to make hubby Jayant jealous by mixing with Ramesh, who Jayant felt was a little bit of a scoundrel. This caused a fight between Jayant and Ramesh, and then a terrible quarrel between Jayant and Kusum, with the result that Kusum left her husband.


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Eddie Billimoria and Yakub


Still in love with the now married Kishori, Ramesh wrote a note to her to go away with him on a trip to Lilapur. But Ramesh accidentally dropped the note when he went to visit Kusum.

Not realizing what was going on, Kusum followed the instructions on the note and went to the train station where Ramesh was waiting for Kishori. Ramesh took advantage of the situation and a bewildered Kusum, thinking she was going to meet her husband, ended up travelling to Lilapur with the wiley Ramesh.

Getting Kusum alone in a hotel room in Lilapur, a drunken Ramesh forced himself on her. In self-defense, Kusum shot Ramesh.


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Kusum was jailed on a charge of murder.

Jayant, having found the confusing note that Ramesh mistakenly left for  Kusum, went to the prison and explained to her what had actually transpired.

In court, Kusum bravely defended herself, and just as the jury was to announce their verdict, Kishori rushed in proclaiming herself to be the killer!

Who was the real killer? And would Kusum ever find herself back in the arms of her husband, Jayant?


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Ghory and Dixit



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Imperial Pictures (1934)

Director: Nandlal Jashwantlal

Music: Pransukh N. Naik

Cast: Sulochana, D. Billimoria, Raja Sandow, Jamshedji, Jilloo, Hadi.


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Indira (Sulochana), having completed her education at Oxford, was taking a ship home to India to see her parents, Bansilal (Jamshedji) and Yamuna (Jilloo).

While at sea she meets Lieutenant Pyarelal (D. Billimoria), a  womanizing rouge who makes a pass at her. Rather than being shocked at his behavior, she takes a liking to the handsome playboy.


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D. Billimoria and Sulochana


But Indira is betrothed to Kishore (Raja Sandow), a college professor, who worships the very ground she walks on.


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Sulochana and Raja Sandow


But does Indira love Kishore? Unfortunately, she does not, and as a result they split apart, the shock of which causes her mother to leave the family home.


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Jilloo, Sulochana, and Jamshedji


Bansilal, a drinker, had a habit of wandering ’round the bars, which is where he met Pyarelal, and took an instant dislike of him…of course, he had no prior knowledge that Pyarelal was romancing his daughter. But now the father was shocked! He hated Pyarelal and begged Indira to have nothing to do with the rascal. “I love him!” She confessed, and compared her father’s addiction to liquor to her love for Pyarelal.


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Sulochana and D. Billimoria


Bansilal made a bargain with his daughter, he would give up drinking if she would promise to no longer see Pyarelal. Indira agreed to that deal, but days later found her father in a drunken stupor, and so she went out and married Pyarelal in a civil ceremony.

Learning of their marriage sent Kishore into a kind of madness…you see, he still loved Indira with all his heart. Then one day Kishore saw Pyarelal in the embrace of another woman…all of a sudden, a mysterious man tried to assault Pyarelal. Kishore rushed in and saved him just in the nick of time, and Pyarelal then and there promised Kishore that he would be loyal to Indira and make her a good husband.

Try as he might, though, the marriage disintegrated and there now loomed the spectre of divorce. And there was a war going on…and Pyarelal was sent to the front.

Along came Mr. Smith, a foe of Pyarelal’s, who tried to molest Indira, and to Indira’s rescue came Kishore who was now charged with the murder of Mr. Smith.


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Sulochana and Raja Sandow


Bansilal was not only Indira’s father, he was also a brilliant lawyer, and if anyone could help Kishore, it was he. Bansilal appealed to the jury and explained that, as a father, he had failed — he was a drunk and had led his daughter into the ways of western morality. So if anyone was guilty, it was he.

Indira, touched by her father’s plea in court, realized what she needed to do, and she traveled to the battle front to find her husband.


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Jamshedji, Hadi, Sulochana, and D. Billimoria



Hell's Paradise


HELL’S PARADISE (alternate title: GORI BALA)

Imperial Productions (1929)

Director: P.Y. Altekar

Cast: S.B. Nayampally, Mubarak Merchant, Jilloo, Kamla, P.S. Wagle, Sakhu.

Prince Surtan Singh of Amberpur (S.B. Nayampally), who imbibes western culture, become a willing victim to the wiles of Madeline Pendergast (Kamla), a visiting foreign adventuress who is craftily aided by her cousin, Carl, and by the prince’s cousin, Mahir Singh (Mubarak Merchant), who happens to be the next in line for the throne. This devilish trio is intent on getting the Prince hitched to Madeline and they take diabolical advantage of those closest to him: The simple and loving Queen Premlata (Jilloo) — Banbir ((P.S. Wagle), the prince’s bodybuilding uncle  —  the cynical and indifferent Bebhan Singh —  and Sarju, the helpless valet.

But Sukhlata (Saku), Banbir’s wife, is not blind to the intrigue going on around them. And the other’s eyes begin to open, too, when it is discovered that the state’s treasury is being drained!


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Unable to stop the prince’s unabashed obsession with Madeline, and his willingness to squander the royal fortune on his new friends, Banbir proposes a secret plan of action.

Meanwhile, the comical Bebhan offers his love to Madeline, but is rejected, and he is astonished to learn that the prince has promised to make her the queen of Amberpur!


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At a dance party that evening, the prince, who had been quite restless, is seen leaving the dance floor with Madeline. Bebhan and Banbir follow them to the garden where they overhear the prince discussing marriage to Madeline, and even his conversion to Christianity for her sake! They plan to announce their engagement a little later at the party.

Banbir narrates the scene to Sukhlata and Queen Premlata. Sukhlata whispers something to the queen, then runs over to the dance hall crying out that the queen has fainted. In the confusion, Sukhlata drags the prince to the queen’s chambers where he finds his mother lying unconscious on a sofa.

Mahir and Madeline try to enter the queen’s room, but are pushed back by Banbir. Bebhan fetches the doctor, who examines the queen and tells the prince he must stay near his mother for some time, which upsets Madeline’s plans to announce the engagement.


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Madeline fumes with anger, but Mahir comes up with an idea. They get the prince to join them for dinner. Madeline makes the prince drunk and extracts a written promise of marriage and conversion from him.

Later, Sukhlata accompanies Queen Premlata to visit Madeline who disregards the two women’s pleas. Sukhlata turns violent and Madeline begs for mercy.

Madeline, humiliated, complains of this treatment to Mahir, but Mahir soon makes known his real intentions and cuddles up close with Madeline in the guest house. Sarju witnesses this deception and informs the others who must convince the prince that he is being used.


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Kamla and Jilloo in HELL’S PARADISE


Mahir, with Madeline sitting on his lap, explains that when they show everyone the prince’s letter it will create a scandal and he will be made to abdicate  the throne. Mahir, then, will naturally become the ruler and Madeline will become his queen. Just at that moment, the prince appears and states, “I am sorry to disappoint you, my dear cousin!

The prince grabs Mahir by the throat and Madeline pleads with him, then skillfully uses a potion dripped into her handkerchief to make the prince unconscious. The two then carry the prince out to their car.

Sandow, Bebhan and Sarju, searching for the prince, see a car speeding away. They follow, and a thrilling chase ensues.

Will they be able to rescue the prince from the clutches of this painted foreign flapper?


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College Girl 001



Ranjit Movitone (1935)

Director: Jayant Desai

Music: Master Revashanker, Master Bennekhan

Cast: Madhuri, Raja Sandow, Ghory, Dixit, Keki Bawa, Charlie, Ishwarlal, Ram Apte, Khatoon, Sheela, Shanta.

Plot: The local college is putting on a play and Miss Dolly (Sheela), an England-returned girl, is asked to play the heroine. Dolly, however, shows great contempt towards Indian culture and refuses to have anything to do with the amateur production. The students then ask Miss Urmila (Madhuri) to take the part, as she admires her country’s culture.

Urmilla’s father died when she was a minor and Hariharai Sheth (Keki Bawa), a respected and wealthy man, was made her trustee. But Sheth has recently lost heavily in business and much of Urmila’s property is now gone. With Urmila now of an age to get married, Sheth becomes anxious to find a way out of this financial difficulty and schemes to have Urmila marry his worthless son, Chiranjiv (Ghory). Sheth’s accountant (Charlie) is very clever and cunning and is given the chore of making Chiranjiv worthy of Urmila’s hand, and in the process, manages to extract a great amount of dough out of Chiranjiv.


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Into the picture comes Sunderdas (Ishwarlal), who outwardly appears the perfect gentleman, but who is actually a rogue and a scoundrel. He suggests to Sheth that a clause should be added to the will of Urmila’s father that the girl will only inherit the family wealthy if she make’s Chiranjiv her husband. Sheth agrees to it and Sunderdas undertakes forging a new will. Once done, Sunderdas leads Sheth to believe that the original will has been destroyed.

Although he has a devoted wife named Sushila (Khatoon), Sunderdas becomes enamored of Dolly and takes to drinking and gambling. It also turns out that he has kept the original will and is using it to blackmail Sheth for money.


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Ramnath (Dixit), a press reporter, comes to know of some of Sunderdas’ other dark deeds and publishes an expose in the paper. Sunderdas threatens the publisher and Ramnath is discharged. But Ramnath’s young son, Chaman (Ram Apte), keeps track of Sunderdas by following him around and taking photographs whenever possible in the hopes that he can someday get revenge.

Chiranjiv, having been well coached by both Surnderdas and Dolly, aspires to make Urmila his, but Urmila rebuffs his advances as her heart already belongs to Madhusudan (Raja Sandow), a young attorney who works for Sheth, and who has been hired to act as Urmila’s tutor.


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Love bloom between the two and this upsets Sheth’s plans as Urmila stubbornly refuses to marry his son, even if it means losing her inheritance. Madhusudan supports Urmila and as a result is fired. But he is resilient, and starts his own law practice.

Now penniless, Urmila seeks employment, which, unfortunately, leads her into the clutches of Sunderdas, due to his sweet words. Thankfully, she is saved from the situation by her ever-loving Madhusudan.


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Madhuri and Raja Sandow in COLLEGE GIRL


Not one to give up easily, Sunderdas plans to entrap Urmila, who then finds herself in a helpless situation! She grabs Sunderdas’ revolver and wounds him. As she flees the scene, Sheth arrives, intending to put an end to the blackmail. An injured Sunderdas catches Sheth in the act of taking away the original will and to save himself, Sheth fires at Sunderdas, killing him.

Sushila enters the scene only to find her husband dead. Her mother-in-law and sister-in-law hold her guilty of the murder, and Sushila does not protest the charges.

Brought to court, Sushila is defended by Madhusudan who argues her innocence. Despite this, Sushila confesses to the killing and is condemned. Urmila then declares herself to be the murderer!

Will Sushila go to the gallows or will Urmila? Or will proof finally appear showing that Sheth is the culprit?


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