Mahal (1949)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 45 mins

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Hari Shankar (Ashok Kumar) comes to claim his inheritance - a palatial building known as Shabnam Mahal. He does not see anything out of the normal, until he sees his portrait on the wall. The housekeeper tells him the background of the portrait and the tragic ending of two lovers. Later, Hari Shankar sees a woman singing and swinging in the garden swing, when he approaches, she disappears. Both the housekeeper and his lawyer friend, Shrinath, warn Hari Shankar, and ask him to stay away from this house, he does so, only to be drawn back. No one can help Hari Shankar now as he continues to be drawn deeper and deeper into the dark world of the ghostly apparition. "Ayega.. ayega... aanewala, aayega...." is still popular on radio and tapes/cd.

Cast: Ashok Kumar Ganguly, Madhubala

Crew: Kamal Amrohi (Director), Josef Wirsching (Director of Photography), Khemchand Prakash (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1949 (India)

Hindi Name: महल

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"Aayega Aanewala" was Lata Mangeshkar's first hit song. At the time, songs would be associated with actors and people would not know the singers. When AIR (All India Radio) played this song, people called up to know the name of the singer, and AIR subsequently called up the Recording House to find out.

The film was Kamal Amrohi's directorial debut.

The was Bombay Talkies' greatest hit. Unfortunately, it couldn't save the company from closing down in 1954.

The film was the source of inspiration for the American film The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975) and the Hindi film Karz (1980).