Mr. Sampat (1952)
(Certified: Dec 16, 1952)
Mr.Sampat(Motilal) "Commission Agent and Business Consultant" is a versatile gentleman. As we see him first he is busily lecturing away on the National Transport Problem in a third class compartment in which he is a "Standing room" passenger. Malini(Padmini) is a modest young girl whose accomplishments as an actress have won the admiration and affection of her colleagues at Kalamandir Theatre where she is an artist. Kalamandir is dedicated to the cause of cultured entertainment and is directed by a young man who Symbolize the dignity and idealism of the theatre. Malini has more than ordinary admiration for her director, but the directors interest in her has only been that between a director and his protege. Into the life of Mr.Sampat comes Seth Makkhanlal Gheewallah(Kanhaiyalal) a ghee merchant,who wants to get elected to the local municipality. Mr. Sampat appoints himself the ghee merchant's manager, and to launch his election campaign he lures the innocent Malini to a Tea Party. Makhanlal wins the elections, but finds himself short of two lakhs of rupees. Mr. Sampat decides to start a new bank. "Friends Bank", which boasts of a 20 p.c. interest per month! An ex-prince named Raj Mohan whom Mr. Sampat has cultivated as a juicy source of fund, is the chief parton. Friends Bank makes a big start, but mere redistribution of customers money as interest is bound to stop sonner or later and before long the Bank faces bankruptcy! But Mr. Sampat has another of his brain waves. There is Prince Raj Mohan and there is Malini. The innocent Malini is swept away by his fast talking methods. He promises her that he, Mr. Sampat can make her a great by her own right. Meanwhile the director of Kalamandir has begun to notice the distraction in Malini's interest and one day he admonishes her for being irregular in her work. This leads to a misunderstanding and Malini gives up Kalamandir and starts a new company called "Malini Devi Theatrical Company" of which Mr. Sampat becomes the Managing Director. With the money that comes in at the theatre, Bank Manager Makkhanlal tries to balance his accounts at Friends Bank. Even this, however is not sufficient and one day when Malini refuses the advances of his highness Raj Mohan at a party in her honour at his palace, the upset prince withdraws all his money from Friend's Bank. This starts a run on the Bank and it faces collapse! Makkhanlal is in trouble and runs frantically to his friend-- but Mr. Sampat leaves him cold, saying after all as manager of the Bank it is really Makkhanlals problem not his . Trouble brews at the Malini Devi Theatrical Company also. One day at the height of a scene, there are some unexpected visitors on stage, - a bailiff, some creditors and a Court Summons -Server They are there to inform Malini that her house and her properties are to be auctioned! Malini is left dumbfounded. She realises now that the great Mr. Sampat has been nothing but a shark, after all! . As for Mr. Sampat. Bombay got too hot for him, he left the city and his whereabouts are not known.