Year – 1953
Language – Hindi
Country – India
Producer – Majestic Films Company
Director – B. K. Sagar
Music Director – Husnlal Bhagatram
Box-Office Status –
Cast – Vijayalaxmi, Kuldip Kaur, Gope, Maruti, Gulab, Pran, Chandrashekhar, Bharat Bhushan, Kammo, Amir Bano
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PRODUCED by J. Om Prakash and directed by B. X. Sagar, Majestic Films’ “Farmaish”, which was released on September 4, 1953 at the Capitol and other theatres in Bombay and its suburbs, is another of those productions where unimaginative direction and a cliché-ridden screenplay combine with a hackneyed theme and perfunctory treatment to defeat the best efforts of an experienced and even talented cast.
Based on the well-worn theme of a romance between an unsophisticated village girl and the well-to-do boy from the city and set against the tired back-drop of a theatrical company, the film travels with a measured tread along the beaten track, picking up characters, the good, the bad, the weak, the foolish and inane, on its way.
The hackneyed formula starts with the romance between Bharat Bhushan and Vijayalaxmi, goes on to the misunderstanding and parting, catches up with the lovers when they are reconciled, and after a little more conflict and trouble re-unites them to live happily ever after.
The conflict is as usual originated by the vamp who loves the hero in vain, despite stout help from the maiden’s rustic lover who naturally does all he can to keep her for himself.
While this is all very possible and quite credible, the presentation in respect of incident, behavior and plot is so crude and disconnected as to lack conviction and lose interest. Instead of holding the attention, it becomes tedious and distracting.
Bharat Bhushan and Vijayalaxmi as the young romantics look their parts and give pleasing performances, though they are at disadvantage owing to the script. The only other good portrayal comes from Pran, whose role, despite a few stilted passages, is on the whole a poised one.
Gope and Kuldip Kaur are badly directed and overplay their roles grossly. The supporting players fare no better and the general effect is one of confused amateurism. Inconsistent photography, interminable songs and hybrid background music are among the defects of “Farmaish”. The dance ensembles are poor, but the sets, decor and costumes are tastefully designed.