Railway Platform (1955)
(Certified: Jan 27, 1955)
Melodramatic parable in a social-realist idiom. A flood forces a train to stop for 24hours at a remote railway station in the Andher Nagari (land of darkness) kingdom ruled bny an authoriatiran king whose daughter Princess Indira (Ramani) is among the passengers. Other passengers include the unemployed Ramu (Dutt), his sister and aged mother; Kavi, a long-haired and cynical poet; a laundryman and his formidable wife; and an avaricious Marwari businessman, Nasibchand When the food runs out, Nasibchand buys the local grocery shop and starts a black market. A westernised clique, keeping their distance from the others, starts dancing and drinking while a Brahmin priest charges money to perform mandatory religious rituals. Indira falls in love with Ramu and wants to mary him right away, although teh grocers poor daughter Naina (Jaywant) also loves him. The marriage is interrupted by the arrival of Indiras royal father. Eventually Ramu and Naina get married. The film included the hit Basti basti prabat prabat (sung by Mohammed Rafi) and several catchy numbers by Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. *.* The train in which Indira made her getway, turned out to be a vehicle of fate a vehicle that lande her smack in the midst of the cross currents of life. The train halted at a small wayside station.....and did not proceed. The track ahead, it was learnt had been washed away by the floods, and the train would not get on its way for another twenty four hours at least. . There was the poet, blithely singing away the lower Middle class youth Ram accompanied by his mother and his sister, the washerman and his wife, ther was also a miserly merchant with his child wife, and there were many other. . The miserly merchant, when he learned that there was a small provi- sions shop abuot two furlongs away the only provision shop there about lost no time in appropriating the shop and the adjoining well by paying one hundred and forty rupees, whereafter he settled down to selling all available things at a premium, even selling water! He would not let naina, the shop owners daughter give even a glass of water from her own cottage to Ram! The casual acquaintance ripened into mutual attraction, though Naina felt it more actually than did Ram. In this brief encounter with the Princess on the other hand, Ram expressed his strong feelings about the snobbery of the so-called high-born. Some of the kinks in his character were Later smoothened out by the Poet who, even thugh he had lost bothe his arms, had no grouse against the world. "Your trouble" said the Poet to Ram, "is that two and two for you make four. Add them to make twenty two and you will enjoy life. . The wrapping for some `Puris bought by Rams siste, the wrapping torn from a newapaper....revealed the identity of the Princess and Ram, who had been casting about in his mind for ways of finding a handsome sum of money for the marriage of his sister, sent a telegram off to the Princess father in the hope of receivng the reward of ten thousand rupees that had been announced. . Thereafter, it transpired, the Princess and he were suddenly attracted toward each other so magnetically attracted that they decided to get married immediatley, The Maharaja arrived just when the marriage was to be solomnised......and then he brought up the question wasnt Ram marrying the Princess because he coveted her wealth? . The answer to this question was of great import to the Princess as well as to Naina who had patiently, stoically, stood by, while her hopes were being snatched away.