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Published on 21 Apr 2012 | over 5 years ago

Pukar, 1939
Director: Sohrab Modi
Music: Mir Saheb
Lyrics: Kamal Amrohi
Cast: Sohrab Modi, Chandra Mohan, Naseem Banu, Sheela, Sardar Akhtar, Sadiq Ali

Many thanks to Muz for supplying the VHS tape from which this was taken. It's from a recording of a British Channel 4 broadcast of the film many years ago and is hard-subbed for the Hindi-language impaired.

Set at the court of the harsh Mughhal Emperor Jehangir (Chandramohan), the film tells two separate love stories: the first of Mangal Singh (Ali) and Kanwar (Sheela) amid the violent feud raging between their families, and the second, the famous one of Jehangir and Nurjehan (Banu). Mangal kills the brother and father of his lover. His father, the loyal Rajput chieftain Sangram Singh (Modi), captures his son and Jehangir passes the death sentence. Jehangir's claim that the law knows no class distinction is put on the test when a washerwoman (Akhtar) accuses Queen Nurjehan of having inadvertently killed her husband during a hunt.
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