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Dharam Veer

1977 165’ col Hindi d Manmohan Desai pc S.S. Movietone st J.M. Desai, Pushpa Sharma sc Prayag Raj, K.B. Pathak dial Kadar Khan lyr Anand Bakshi, Vithalbhai Patel c N.V. Srinivas m Laxmikant-Pyarelal lp Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Zeenat Aman, Neetu Singh, Pran, Indrani Mukherjee, Jeevan, Ranjeet, Sujit Kumar, Dev Kumar, Chand Usmani, Pradeep Kumar

A Manmohan Desai-style fairy-tale adventure story freely mixing elements from different film genres and historical periods. A lone hunter (Pran) secretly marries the maharani (Mukherjee) of a princely state. In a scene crying out for a psychoanalytic reading, a wild tigress manifests herself during their wedding night. The bride believes her husband to have died as a result and marries a more powerful man, a prince (P. Kumar). Before the maharani gives birth to twin boys, her husband is killed; his dying wish is that the boys’ parentage be kept secret. The twins are separated: Dharam (Dharmendra) is raised by a woodcutter while Veer (Jeetendra) becomes the heir-apparent to the throne. Unaware of their relationship, the two become buddies and go through a series of adventures. Dharam woos the haughty princess (Aman) of a neighbouring kingdom and Veer falls for a gypsy girl (Singh). The maharani’s evil brother (Jeevan) provides complications to the plot and the key action scene, presided over by the haughty princess, is a jousting tournament won by Dharam. When the victorious knight is captured, Veer, disguised as a gypsy, rescues him. The end of the film includes a spectacular battle between two pirate ships. The film also features a trained hawk, which was responsible for saving Dharam as a child and which intervenes several times on behalf of the good guys.