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An upright young villager in late-19th-century Calcutta (Guru Dutt) hires on as retainer to an extravagantly dissolute aristocratic family and finds himself in love with both a playboy's neglected wife (Meena Kumari) and a feisty village girl (Waheeda Rehman). The plot of this 1962 Bollywood melodrama has its share of soap-opera contrivances, and the three leads, though appealing, are anything but subtle. Dutt, who codirected with Abrar Alvi, shares with Cecil B. De Mille a showman's talent for savoring the splendid decadence of the upper class while simultaneously condemning its morals. In Hindi with subtitles.

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