Director: Prabhakar Mandloi; Writer: Prabhakar Mandloi; Cinematographer: Arvind Dave; Cast: Neelu, Dhiraj Kumar, Gouri, Sunil Pandey, Adi Irani, Satyen Kappoo, Shubha Khote, Ramesh Deo, Bharat Bhushan, Aruna Irani
Summary: Neo-traditionalist melodrama pivoting on the
relationship between sisters-in-law, but also
including brotherly and parental relations.
Poonam (Neelu), with the financial help of her
Muslim friend Rasool, marries Vijay (Dheraj)
despite the evil machinations of her rejected
suitor Rocky. When Vijay goes to look for work
in the city, Vijay’s sister, manipulated by the
villainous Rocky, persecutes the heroine. The
familiar theme (esp. in Gujarati cinema: cf.
Punatar’s bilingual of the same title, 1948)
confirmed Rajasthani star Neelu’s image of
‘goodness’ in family melodramas (cf. Supattar
Binani, 1981, and Bai Chali Sasariye, 1988).
Made with mainly Bombay film actors and
modelled on Hindi cinema except for some
narrative emphases such as the approach to the
dowry problem: in Hindi films, dowries are
increasingly seen as anti-modern and assigned
to oppressive feudalism, whereas it is a more
urgent issue in Rajasthan.