Story: Nihar Ranjan Gupta
Music Direction: Nachiketa Ghosh
Lyric: Pulak Banerjee, Shibdas Banerjee
Playback Singers: Arati Mukherjee, Banashree Sengupta, Dinen Chowdhury
Cast: Uttam Kumar, Supriya Choudhury, Madhabi Mukherjee (Chakraborty), Dilip Mukherjee, Jahar Ray, Asitbaran, Gour Shree, Kamal Mitra, Umanath Bhattacharya, Amarnath Mukherjee, Haradhan Bannerjee, Nilotpal Dey
Ashish Choudhury (Uttam Kumar) has grown up learning his father had died. Then just before she dies, his mother tells him that his father is alive and had abandoned them. Ashish goes back to his job in Kolkata and to a life that moves in an even pace. Then one night, returning from a wedding, he is witness to a murder of a man and a kidnapping of his female companion (Supriya). The murder victim is the split image of Ashish himself. He finds out that the victim is one Pradip Choudhuri from Lucknow and he goes there to tell the family of the man’s death.
As he had suspected, Adhip Choudhuri, the father, is his own father, now weak and blinded by age and illness, but the possessor of a vast fortune. He keeps his real identity hidden but is persuaded by his stepmother to take Pradip’s place for some time. There he meets Arati (Madhabi) who takes a liking to him. He also meets pradip’s relative, friend and evil companion Surojit Banerjee (Dilip Mukherjee), who also manages Adhip Choudhuri’s business.
At his stepmother’s request Ashish starts looking after the business and comes across multiple cases of forgery and theft. As he starts tightening the noose against Surojit, Ruma the wife/companion of Pradip returns to the scene and the machiavellian Surojit gets her to testify that Ashish is the murderer of his half brother….
The background tale by Nihar Ranjan Gupta (Not Nihar Ray as shown in the Tech details – my apologies) is rather corny and often completely unbelievable, but the seventies was the era when Indian cinegoers were fascinated with the tales of long lost brothers/twins. This film was one of the early ones in this genre. The events that occur on the screen seem completely unreal and often farcical. Given the poor script, it is not surprising the acting is poor – even seasoned and outstanding thespians like Dilip Mukherjee and Supriya Debi hamming their roles. Everything in this film is ordinary by modern standards.
But there is one redeeming feature – Uttam Kumar himself. His screen presence and acting is awesome and he singlehandedly carries the film on his shoulders, often making even the corniest of scenes look believable. He is less credible in the scenes where he is Pradip, the wayward son and is ridiculous in the fight/chase sequences, but if this film holds you, it is for Uttam & Uttam alone.