There is a lot of weeping, moaning, and gnashing of teeth in “Mausi”, one of Rajkamal’s attempts to tackle a serious problem.
The story concerns a mentally deranged girl whose erratic behavior constantly disrupts the life of her family. Unconsciously drawing their wrath upon herself (scaring off her sister’s prospective bridegroom is one of her sweeter antics), the girl is in a fair way to being thrown out. A loving aunt takes her under her wing, and manages to effect accidentally an almost miraculous cure with a mysterious drug.
The miracle is slapped on as an afterthought, long after the audience has taken to surreptitious brushing of its eyes.
A fairly plausible, if grim, story has been sacrificed to the film-makers’ canon that the customers should be sent home happy, which though it winds up the tale satisfactorily enough, severely twists the tail of the customers’ credulity. This film is not for the discerning, or for the light-hearted. Out of a sense of the fitness of things, Vasant Desai abandons brilliance and provides a solemnly second-rate music score.
Under the direction of Prabhat Kumar the main characters put in solid performances: Sumati Gupte as the warm-hearted aunt, and Vandana as the backward niece. For a beginner, Vandana’s performance is particularly impressive, which perhaps goes to prove that in the acting profession it is a highly rewarding business to play the fool once in a while.
Year – 1958
Language – Hindi
Country – India
Producer – Rajkamal
Director – Prabhat Kumar
Music Director – Vasant Desai
Box-Office Status –
Cast – Ramesh Deo, Sumati Gupte, Ranjana Shukla, Vandana, Reshma, Baburao Pendharkar, K. Date
Miscellaneous Information – Not Available.
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