A poor Prabhat picture is perhaps greater shock to film-goers than a good Ranjit picture. The Prabhatians are still conscious of art, though Prabhat has not given any artistic picture recently, and they like to look at a Prabhat picture with an extra critical eye in search of some art which they do not find in pictures produced by Bombay film folks.
In this respect ” Aparadhi “, Prabhat’s latest social picture, is a sore disappointment. In fact, the entire picture, from the story script to its screen presentation, is a poor amateurish effort.
A STUD BULL’S JEALOUSY
In the first half of the picture, we see a clumsy athlete chasing a girl like a stud bull and ultimately landing, her into a marriage with him. No sooner he begins his married life a revolutionary patriot takes shelter in his home as a refugee from law. This man makes the athlete unreasonably jealous and he suspects his wife of an affair with his revolutionary friend.
The second half of the picture is one long episode of sadism and presents quite a few morbid situations in which the young wife is ill-treated while pregnant and driven to take shelter in her blind father’s home. Later the athletic stud bull steals her child and attempts to betray his best friend for whose head a price of Rs. 5,000 is offered.
After a bit of shooting and underground activities, the revolutionary patriot is arrested—with beard and all and the misunderstanding in the athlete’s gymnastic mind is removed. It ends well.
The theme is mainly that of blind jealousy on the part of a none-too-intelligent husband, but to strike a topical note the other man is made a revolutionary. The story is very thin and the screenplay is remarkably poor with the result that the whole affair becomes awfully boring.
The photography is pretty good but the sound recording is very poor. The music is typically Maharashtrian being conventional and lacking in pep and rhythm. Not a single tune appeals. The direction is disastrously poor in imagination. The attempt to illustrate songs with Zulus dancing is to say the least absurd and ridiculous. Why had this director to resort to the Zulus when the story was essentially Indian? Couldn’t he have found our own aboriginal races to stage a dance? There are many crazy things in the picture which only contribute to prove the utter intellectual bankruptcy of the director.
The only silver lining to a long dark cloud of boredom is the sparkling personality of Madhubala. Whenever this girl appears on the screen she brings relief to the audience. In the heroine’s role she beats everyone else hollow—though she has not much to beat—and gives a versatile performance with sighs and smiles.
Ram Singh plays the athletic stud bull and not even in a single shot does he betray any pretensions for screen acting. The man plays the idiot all along and looks one every inch. Pran looks quite like Achhutrao Patwardhan in his revolutionary patriot’s role and as such gives a pretty intelligent performance.
The picture fails to appeal because of a poor story and poorer direction (Original FilmIndia Review)
Year – 1949
Language – Hindi
Country – India
Producer – Prabhat Film Company
Director – Yashwant Pethkar
Music Director – Sudhir Phadke
Box-Office Status –
Cast – Ramsingh, Leela Pande, Pran, Madhubala
Miscellaneous Information – Not Available.