Bandhan
(1940)

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Beena, charming young daughter of a village Zamindar, quarrels with her younger brother Ram over the youthful new headmaster of the village school. The Zamindar is a victim of gout and gets help from his friend Gokul whose only son Suresh comes back from England after a long absence. Beena is sent to receive Suresh at the village railway station. Finding a nice young man coming out of the station, she mistakes him for Suresh and offers him a seat in her carriage. The real Suresh, appears on the scene and duly displaces him from the carriage. Beena is evindently sorry to part company with the stranger, who is Nirmal, the headmaster against whom she is so much prejudiced. In accordance with the last wishes of his wife, the Zamindar intends to make Suresh his son-in-law. To begin with, he gives Suresh the entire management of the zamindari. Suresh starts bullying loyal officials and stopping old grants, to the extent of prohibiting the Saraswati Puja at the local school. Nirmal goes to the Zamindars house in the hope of having the ban lifted. He meets Beena here. Nirmal's mission is successful. Beena secures the permission for the Puja from the Zamindar, much to Suresh's displeasure. On the Puja day, Beena discovers the truth. But she likes Nirmal a lot. The Zamindar decides to have a new school building adjacent to his house, and entrusts Nirmal with the whole work and hence, liking of Nirmal and Beena transfers into love slowly. Suresh grown to hate Nirmal as one who might well upset his own plan of acquiring whole estate of Zamindar. Gokul makes old Zamindar promptly fix marriage. The news shocks Beena, but she surrenders. Nirmal receives the staggering news from Suresh himself. He goes back to his work half-dazed and meets with an accident. Beena, panic-striken by the accident to Nirmal, pays a midnight visit to his room. Gokul learns of this visit and blackmails Nirmal into resigning his post and leaving the village. At Ram's request, however, the Zamindar persuades Nirmal to postpone his departure till the new school building is completed. That afternoon, Nirmal leaves the village, to the great sorrrow of the schoolboys, the assistant master Bholanath and Bholanath's young daughter Gouri. Unable to bear the separation Beena send a letter to Nirmal to meet her secretly in the school building at midnight. The same evening Suresh, drags Gouri to the new school by force, a struggle ensues in which Gouri is wounded and falls unconscious. Nirmal arrives on the scene is cleverly trapped by Suresh. He is arrested on a charge of attempting the murder of Gouri. The very next nights Beena's marriage. Nirmal is in the lock-up. Gouri is lying unconscious with little hope of early recovery. Will villainy win the natural prize of gallant youth?

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