Mirza Ghalib l Suraiya, Bharat Bhushan l 1954
Synopsis : Bahadur Shah Zafar, the potentate chosen by destiny to preside over the liquidation of the Moghul Empire, is a great partron of the Arts. His court is adorned by renowned poets like Momin, Zauq, Trishna & Taskeen. Poets and bards with some merit came to the court from far and near to have an audience with the emperor. Mirza Asadullakhan Ghalib was one of them. Born at Agra in a family with rich military traditions, his poetic learning were frowned upon by his relatives. But Mirza was made of a sterner stuff and refused to bow down to thier wishes to discard the pen for the sword. He then composes a new Ghazal for the Royal Mushaira. Umrao Begum, his young and faithful wife, prays for his success. But, his effort to please Royal with his poetic creations gets a set-back when the courtiers give him a cold reception. He leaves the court with a heavy heart. . Smarting under the disgrace, Mirza Ghalib wends his way through the dark, dingy streets of Delhi when all of a sudden the stillness of the night is broken by the strains of a beautiful song….and the song is his own creation. But the singer, who could she be? . On reaching the house, from which the song came, he finds that the enchanted singer is one of his great admirers. She lets him come only to tell her of Ghalibs fate at the Royal “Mushaira”. Such is her devotion of Ghalib that she turns him out of the house, when he lampoons Ghalib (himself) jocularly. Mirza leaves the house without disclosing his identity. He fondly gives her the name Chaudhavin, the full moon. . Ghalib returns home to find his relatives firmly set against his poetic ambitions. His failure at the Mogul Court had strengthened their hands. . Finding life unbearable in such hostile surroundings, Ghalibk leaves the family fold and makes a home of his own. His faithful wife goes with him. . Hungering for the sympathy of someone who would understand the strange beckoning of his heart, Ghalib sets out to meet Chaudhavin, who had in the meanwhile learnt of the identity of the midnight caller and was overwhelmed with joy when Ghalib came to her own door again. Devotion and love often go hand in hand and Chaudhavin soon finds herself in love with her idol. . This new-formed happiness, however, is shortlived. The evil Kotwal of the city, Hashmat Khan, who wishes to marry Chaudhavin, senses danger from the poets interest in her and turns an enemy. . Chaudhavin, however, remaining a steadfast devotee of the poet sings his songs before the Emperor who bestows upon Ghalib the highest honours. . The Kotwal determined to do his worst to break asunder their tie of love, leaves no stone unturned and…..
Music:Ghulam Mohd., Gulam Mohd.
Main Cast:Suraiya, Bharat Bhushan, Durga Khote, Kumkum… more
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