The very fact that Mr. I.S. Johar, who wrote Ek Thi Ladki, is the gentleman who has written Afsana for Sri Gopal Pictures, is by itself a sufficient explanation for the conglomeration of various foreign elements and similarity of incidents from different sources. For the edification and enlightenment of the reader they are as follows –
1. The complete sequence of the lost identity of the judge, presumed to be dead is also in a Warner Brothers picture Nora Prentiss starring Ann Sheridan. Though in Afsana it has been contrived in a different way yet it runs a close parallel to that picture and no camouflage can sufficiently hide it.
2. The faithless wife, as depicted here, a trusting confiding husband who is betrayed by his best friend and the manner in which the revelation comes to him when he returns to his house only to see his wife, he had loved so well, in the arms of his best friend are, to any reader of literature, bearing a close resemblance from Marie Correlli’s famous novel Vendetta.
3. The judge’s revenge on his friend later on resembles the one in Alexander Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.
4. And to top it all Mr. Johar has not even let Shakespeare rest in peace. For like Hamlet, who stirs the conscience of the king by depicting the incidents of his father death in a play, the judge writes a dance drama which depicts the whole sordid affair of his life for the benefit of his wife.
These are the main pivots on which the complete story of Afsana swings. These are the principal events of dramatic force and power which lifts Afsana from the commoners of Indian stories and rockets it into a powerful screenplay.
In short, whatever is good about Afsana is because of Nora Prentiss, Vendetta, The Count of Monte Cristo and Hamlet. For the rest it is either too far fetched and melodramatic or too dull and prosaic.
But on the whole, Afsana is an entertaining and a thrilling fare.
Year – 1951
Language – Hindi
Country – India
Producer – Shri Gopal Pictures
Director – B. R. Chopra
Music Director – Husnlal Bhagatram
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Cast – Cuckoo, Veena, Jeevan, Kuldeep Kaur, Tabassum, Chaman Puri, Rattan Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Pran
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