(Certified: Jun 17, 1958)
Set in the Roman era at the time of Jewish persecution in Rome, Bimal Roy's Yahudi (meaning Jewish) is a well written and original love story. The film tells the story of Hannah (Meena Kumari), a young Jewish woman, and Marcus (Dilip Kumar), a Roman prince. Hannah's real name is actually Lydia, and she is the daughter of cruel Roman emperor Brutus (Nasir Hussain). As a child Lydia was kidnapped by Emanuelle (Ramayan Tiwari), the faithful servant of a jeweler named Ezra (Sohrab Modi), after the latter's little son was sentenced to death by Brutus post an insignificant incident. When the little girl is brought to Ezra, he pities the little girl and refuses to take revenge by killing her. Instead, he decides to make her take his dead son's place and bring her up as his own daughter. That's how her name is changed to Hannah. Soon a young and beautiful Hannah falls for a Roman prince named Marcus, who is to marry princess Octavia (Nigar Sultana), Brutus's niece. Marcus falls for her too, and in order to spend time with her pretends to be a Jewish. Their relationship comes to an end when Hannah finds out he is not Jewish. The following sequences are of the film's most intense and unpredictable.