Lot#22 || MELA
WADIA FILMS (S.U.Sunny) (1948)

POSTER
40.00 x 28.00 in

Estimate   30,000 - ₹ 1,50,000

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PROVENANCE
Estate of Riyad Wadia
CATALOGUE NOTES
Title: Mela
Genre: Family, Romance, Drama
Release Date: October 8, 1948
Director/s: S. U. Sunny
Producer: Hilla Wadia Productions
Cinematographer: Fali Mistry
Art Director: V. Jadhav
Music Director: Naushad
Script Writer: Azim Bazidpuri
Songs/Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
Costumes: Kalidas

Cast: Nargis, Dilip Kumar, Jeevan, Roopkamal, Noorjahan, Chandabala, Amar, Allauddin, Khalil, Abbas, Rehman, Baby Zubeida, Maqbool, Ghulam Mohammed, Rajendra Kumar.

Plot: This is the story of Manju and Mohan. They live in a small village and are childhood friends. Their friendship blossoms into love and their marriage is fixed. Mohan goes to town to buy jewellery and clothes for his bride. On the way back he is looted and beaten up. This lands him in the hospital and he is unable to reach back for the wedding. Mehkoo, a no-good ex-army man labels Mohan as a cad. In fact, Mehkoo is always lusting after the village belles. In the absence of Mohan and with the wedding day fixed Manju is married off to an older sickly widower with children. After the wedding, the old man realises his mistake, but it is too late. Eventually, he dies leaving Manju, now a widow, to look after his children. One stormy night Manju goes out to meet Mohan and falls off a cliff and dies. The villagers convict Mohan of murder and he is sentenced to twenty years of prison. After completing his sentence Mohan returns to the same place where Manju has fallen off the cliff and sees her spirit beckoning him. As he follows her he too falls off the cliff and dies.
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