Sikandar
(1941)

(Released: )
Rating
3.5/5
Genre
Director
Buy
INDUNA
Friends Video
FLIPKART
Friends Video
Cast


Alexander of Greece with tremendous force was pushing his vehement and unhampered onward march, conquering country after country and smashing everything that came in his way. Victory accompanied him wherever he went and the realization of his dream of world lie at his feet and acclaim him the great conqueror. He blitzed Iran and conquered it but in that land of beauty he met with the first defeat of his life-time. The captivating beauty of an Iranina damsel, Rukhasana by name, made the conqueror a captive. The conqueror thus found himself conquered. Aristotle, Alexander's guide and philosopher, visualized beautys powers and youths weakness. He had accompanied Alexander up to Iran. He advised Alexander to beware of woman who was the greatest weakness of man. Alexander though he felt the sting of that advice, was not convinced. He became restless. The next morning he glanced thorugh the window and was starteld to see that Rukhsana was singing the song of spring and youth and that Aristotle appeared lost in the infatuation of beauty and melody. Alexander came down stood before them all astonishment. Aristotle raised his head and said, "Alexander, my child! Just Pause and think. If a woman can fool old heads like me, she can play havoc with young hearts like you". Alexander and Rukhsana could see through. It was a mere drama enacted by Aristotle. Alexander with his huge army of hundred and twenty thousands soldiers continued his onward thrust. He fought his way victoriously and reached the banks of the Jhelum. Here he met Raja Ambhi, the ruler of the Taxila, who extends his hand of friendship, promising his help in further expeditions in India. Ambhis sister, Parthana, resented her brothers treacherous attitude. She even entreated him not become a traitor to his country but to defend its honour by joining hands with Porus who was to be Alexanders next target. But Ambhi remained firm in his treacherous resolve and Prarthna leaving him went over to Porus. Porus, the warrior king of Punjab, was now threatended with an onslaught. Though brave himself, he had only a small army of thirty thousand soldiers. He had two alternatives before him-an abject surrender or a stern fight. He chose the latter and mobilised his forces. Porus, now held the stormy troops of Alexander at bay and put up a stuborn resistance. Alexanders armies were unable to cross the river Jhelum in spite of repeated efforts. In the meantime, Rukhsana fired with love for Alexander had arrived in India and yearned to save life of her lover. She feared that fight with Porus would endanger Alexander's life. She wandered helplessly and at last reached the outskirts of the captial of Porus. The Rakhi festival was being celebrated by the subjects, high and low. Coming to know the significance of Rakhi, she hit upon a bold plan approached Porus and offered him Rakhi, as a token of sisters love. Porus chivalrous and generous as he was, accepted her Rakhi. One night severe storm raged furiously and in its thick darkness, Alexander moved half his army twenty miles away and crossed the river. Porus was informed this news but he would not believe it. Alexanders army was still to be seen on the other bank of Jhelum. Porus eventually thought that the army which had crossed the river was that of Raja Abhisar who being his friend would be naturally coming to his aid. He asked his younger son Amar to go and greet his friend. Amar proceeded with a handful of soldiers but soon found to his grief that it was the enemy. Amar was brave son of a brave father. He would not retrace his steps. He fought bravely and sacrificed his life for the honour of his country. Porus calmly received the stunning news of his son's death. Doubly determined to fight the enemy, he put on his armour and was about to proceed to the battlefield when Rukhsana approached him and begged of him to spare the life of Alexander in any eventuality. A fierce battle ensued. Thirty thousands Indians faced hundred and twenty thousand Greeks. Small in numbers but great in spirit, Indian soldiers defied death and fought to relentlessly that the morale of the Greek army was completely shattered. The battle reached its climax and Alexander and Porus faced each other in a life and death struggle, In that terrific duel. Porus hurled his spear at Alexander but missing its marks, it hit his steed instead and Alexander fell on the ground. The next moment Alexander would have been no more but in the ears of Porus rang suddenly the words of his promise Rukhsana. He held back the deadly weapon. Alexander made good the God-spend opportunity and was seen again on horse back leading his armies and the entire outlook of the result of the battle changed. And then happened the most surprising event that the world shall never forget. Alexander and Porus met but that undauntend spirit of freedom of his motherland was still flashing in the eyes of Porus. Two question from Alexander. Two answers from Porus. And the next moment Alexander held the hand of Porus in friendship and exclaimed "Gods bear testimony, to-day I have met a brave man. Porus, you are my ally". In the eyes of the world, Alexander was victorious but Porus had fough him so valiantly that his soldiers were killed in incredibly large numbers. Alexanders army lost courage and refused to advance. Great was Alexanders disappointment. His dream of world conquest had vanished. The castless he had built in the air had been razed to the ground. Alexander tried his best. He commanded them. He frightened them he even cajoled them. But they stood firm. They craved to go back to their homes. Darkness was enveloping Alexanders vision when Rukhasna suddenly appeared and consoled him. The next day Alexanders armies were seen on their way back to Greece, leaving behind his ambition of Indian conquest in India alone.

comments
Best of 30s and 40s
Movies
People
FIND US ON FACEBOOK
VINTAGE BOLLYWOOD
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER