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1950 165’ b&w Hindi d/s Ramesh Saigal pc Filmistan lyr Rajinder Krishen c K.H. Kapadia m C. Ramchandra lp Ashok Kumar, Nalini Jaywant, Shyam, Kuldip Kaur, Mubarak, Shashi Kapoor

Patriotic drama addressing Subhash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army. Following Bose’s call on Indian youth to join in the anti- imperialist front, Shekhar (Kumar) abandons his wealth to join the INA. In Singapore his elder brother Suresh (Shyam), who is a captain in the British army, has to collaborate with a British spy ring headed by Boss (Mubarak) and the dancer Dolly (Kaur). Shekhar falls in love with Lily (Jaywant), Dolly’s sister. Boss uses this to infiltrate the INA’s intelligence. In the war, the two brothers face each other and Shekhar is left for dead. He nevertheless makes it back alive and rounds up the British spies. Shekhar eventually dies in an operation to blow up a bridge on the India-Burma border. The film, which Filmindia (May, 1950) described as politically obsolete since India had already achieved independence, included the C. Ramchandra hit Gore gore o banke chhore (sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Amirbai Karnataki) praising Bose, Subhash Chandra ke naam se Hindustan ka naam, as well as the socialist-realist marching song Kadam kadam badhaye ja (both sung by the composer).