Lal Haveli (1944)
To Thakur, Lal Haveli is synonymous with the nobility and honour of the house; and no wonder the jealously guards it against pollution. Thakur however, can scarcely forget the infamy that has been brought upon the house by the elopement of his very beautiful sister, Lalkunwar, with a common soldier. It is thus found that Lal Haveli, too, has had its share of romance. Thakur's greatest attraction and resonsibility in life centres round his beloved little daughter Mukta who is very friendly with one Anand living next door. This young boy Anand is also very proud of his late father and his soldierly achievements. The old gun belonging to his father is nothing less to the little boy than what Lal Haveli is to Thakur. Both Anand and Mukta have partially heard the story about Lalkunwar from the village-priest, better known as Panditji. With growing years Anand and Mukta develop love for each other, so much so that they become inseperable companions. Thakur forbids Anands entry even into Lal Haveli. The two lovers however go on with their secret meetings. These come to end when one day Mukta is asked by her father to proceed to the city to represent him on the occasion of the marriage ceremony of the daughter of Lachman Singh who, incidentally, is Thakurs creditor, and what is more, holds Lal Haveli itself in mortgage. Her fathers indifferent state of helth forces her to obey him, and she accordingly starts for the city after having taken leave of Anand and reassured him of her love. Lachman Singh's son Jawahar is much attracted by Mukta, and cannot help loving her but feels shy of making his feelings known to her. He, therefore decides to fall back upon his gathers influence with Thakur to win Mukta. On Mukta's return to her home accompanied by Jawahar, and others, Anand wrongly scents a change in her and loses his head. He resolves to make a short work of Jawahar, and in a fit of distemper almost succeeds in carrying it out. Jawahar's father on the other hand demands the hands of Mukta in marriage with his son, and presses his demands. Mukta, agrees to sacrifice ber own happiness for family pride. This gives Anand the greatest shock of his life, and he leaves the village and joins the war voluntarily offering himself for active service. During war, Anand receives a direct hit and lies between life and death. Panditji in the meantime manages to stop Mukta's marriage with Jawahar. Being thus frustrated Jawahar swears to wreak vengeance on Mukta by demolishing Lal Haveli and thereby bringing their family-prestige to dust. Now, whether Lal Heveli is raised to the ground by Jawahar, Anand succumbs to the deadly wound?