Sohrab Merwanji Modi 2 November — 28 January was an Indian stage and film actor, director and producer. His films always carried a message of strong commitment to social and national issues. Sohrab Merwanji Modi was born 2 November in Bombay. Sohrab began as a Parsi theatre actor with some experience in silent films. He earned quite a reputation as a Shakespearean actor, travelling throughout India with his brother's theatrical company and enjoying the tremendous sense of fulfillment every time the curtain came down and the audience applauded.

However, with the advent of the sound film intheatre was declining. To rescue this dying art, Modi set up the Stage Film Company in His first two films were filmed versions of plays.

Both films failed at the box office. Sohrab Modi was born into a Parsi family on 2 November His father was an Indian civil servant. He spent his childhood in RampurUttar Pradesh where he developed a liking for Hindi and Urdu languages. Sohrab Modi was married to Mehtab Modi, [2] an actress born into an aristocratic Muslim family from Gujaratwho began her career in his movie Parakh They married on her birthday on 28 April He launched Minerva Movietone in Though the films did well, what attracted Modi was the historic genre.

Minerva Movietone became famous for its trilogy of historical spectaculars that were to follow — PukarSikandar and Prithvi Vallabhwherein Modi made the most of his gift for grandiloquence to evoke historical grandeur. Pukar was set in the court of the Mughal Emperor Jehangir and is based on an incident, perhaps fictional, that highlights Jehangir's fair sense of justice. Many of the key scenes were filmed on location, at the magnificent courts and palaces from the Mughal era, which gave the film an authenticity that studio built sets could never achieve.

The charisma of its stars, Chandra Mohan and Naseem Bano, and Kamaal Amrohi 's oration, with its literary flourish and innate grace, ensured the film's popularity. Arguably Modi's greatest film was Sikanderwhich immortalized Prithviraj Kapoor playing the title role. This epic film was set in BC when Alexander the Greathaving conquered Persia and the Kabul Valley, descends on the Indian border at Jhelum and encounters Porus Modiwho stops the advance with his troops. Sikander' s lavish mounting, huge sets, and production values equalled Hollywood's best, particularly in its rousing and spectacular battle scenes.

The movie was rated by a British writer as "well up to the standard of that old masterpiece The Birth of a Nation. The release of the film coincided with World War II at its peak and in India the political atmosphere was tense following Gandhiji's call to Civil Disobedience.Don't want to miss anything new?

Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email. Sign me up! Almost on a Shammi scale, even. I first saw him in Humayanwhere his lust for vengeance was constantly thwarted by a target who was nice to him. But his eyes and his bristling manner enchanted me, even then.

And now! Sometimes I had to stop the film just to sit and gaze at him. To be fair, the entire film is spectacular. It is overwhelmingly magnificent, a sumptuously visualized and thrillingly plotted tale of love, murder and justice. Pukar is subtitled, to my great joy.

The story opens with a man ringing a bell that Jehangir has installed. Anyone with a grievance can ring it, and the emperor will give him a hearing and dispense justice. Can you imagine being a guy who can grant life or inflict death, and who is preceded by these pronouncements every time he leaves his room and walks through the palace? His soldiers are practicing their sword and archery skills on the palace grounds, but one of them is missing. In true Rajput tradition, pride and honor propel Ranjit into chasing Mangal Singh down.

Back at home a desperate Kunwar begs her father to stop Ranjit and tells him that she loves Mangal. Uday, too, forces Mangal to fight him, and although Mangal does his best to fight only defensively, he wounds Uday Singh badly. Thinking him dead, Mangal rides home wounded himself, to his parents. He explains what has happened to his father Sangram Singh Sohrab Modi. Uday Singh arrives at this point, bleeding badly, and demands an audience with Sangram Singh.

झांसी की रानी - Jhansi Ki Rani -, Sohrab Modi

He wants Sangram to turn over his son, but Sangram insists that they go to Jehangir and let justice take its course. I have to admit, I find the bloodthirsty old man hilarious. Meanwhile, Uday Singh has made his way to the palace where Jehangir and his beloved Empress Noor Jehan Naseem Banu are playing chess in the zenana—with live women as chess pieces.

They are interrupted when Uday Singh rings the bell of jusice, but he dies before Jehangir can get to him. Jehangir decides to investigate on his own, and tells his men to bring Ranjit Singh to him. She valiantly tries to protect her beloved Mangal by professing ignorance of anyone with a motive to kill her brother and father.

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Her efforts are thwarted by Sangram Singh himself, who comes to tell Jehangir that his son is the culprit. He is confident that justice will prevail, and vows to find Mangal and bring him before the court. Jehangir reassures Kunwar that she will get justice for her father and brother:. The poor Rajput women in this film!

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The men pay them no heed at all, except to scold them.A love affair and two feuding families who play out a Romeo and Juliet type drama in 17th century India, under the Emperor Jehangir. Ramesh Kusum Ram Apte G. Dass Chandramohan. Sohrab Modi's string of mammoth-budgeted Indian epics began with 's Pukar, a story of the glorious days of the Hind as the film proclaims in the opening titles.

An interesting thing that many people don't know is that Indian cinema in the 's was surprisingly progressive, featuring shots of couples kissing and close-ups of busts are not something that featured in mainstream cinema for decades after the 30's.

The music here is very suited to the period and frankly just fantastic, the tabla, the classical vocals it's all marvelous. In Urdu with English subtitles. One of the earliest films to be made in Urdu, Sohrab Modi gives a good performance in his role as Sardar Sangram Singh, the loyal member of one of the families involved and the main character who discovers his son Mangal Sadiq Ali has done something very naughty.

Probable among the best Indian films available from the s. You still got to expect a flood of songs and a story soaked in romance. Isn't that what every Bollywood film the past years have been centered around? So within that formula this delivers a strong story of honor, cowardice, devotion and a great twist of faith.

And a heavy dose of justice, so be prepared to get preached to! By it's visual qualities it's clear they took great care in making this.

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The shots are beautiful and full of royal Indian influences of glitter and grandeur. The characters are strong too. Loved the mustaches!

Anyway, if you dare to venture into the strange culture of s Bollywood then Pukar would definitely a good choice. The personal is political: romance melocomedy morphs into an essay on the nature of justice and of proper governance. Worth watching for the way director S. I don't remember the same director's Sikandar as being so advanced. If you don't speak hindi, you won't miss that much Rich people are always happy to spot a potential legal loophole!

The long dialogue-heavy scenes tend to drag, and a lot of the character drama fell flat for me. Noorjehan as played by Naseem Banu did not know Saira Banu came from an acting dynasty! Also, the human chess scene is fun! A big old sprawling tale of love, honour, justice and laundry.

The focus flits around quite a bit but the main thrust of the story is the conflict faced by Sangram Singh when his son kills some dudes fine, apparently and then runs away not fine. Honour dictates that he round up the little rapscallion and deliver him to the emperor to face almost certain execution for his crimes. He then has to find a way to convince the emperor to show mercy.

There's a lot of discussion of the nature of justice, the balance between honour and family, and distinctions of class and status.A love affair and two feuding families who play out a Romeo and Juliet type drama in 17th century India, under the Emperor Jehangir.

Director: Sohrab Modi. Shahenshah Jehangir as Chandramohan. Malika Noor Jahan as Naseem. Edit Storyline Set at the court of the harsh Mughhal Emperor Jehangir Chandramohanthe film tells two separate love stories: the first of Mangal Singh Ali and Kanwar Sheela amid the violent feud raging between their families, and the second, the famous one of Jehangir and Nurjehan Banu.

Mangal kills the brother and father of his lover. His father, the loyal Rajput chieftain Sangram Singh Modicaptures his son and Jehangir passes the death sentence. Jehangir's claim that the law knows no class distinction is put on the test when a washerwoman Akhtar accuses Queen Nurjehan of having inadvertently killed her husband during a hunt. Jehangir offers his own life but the washerwoman magnanimously forgives him.

Written by Sujit R. Country: India. Language: Urdu. Runtime: min. Sound Mix: Mono. Color: Black and White. Add the first question. Pukaar is a period movie which shows the reign of the Mughal emperor - Jahaangir who was famous for his true and unbiased justice. A huge bell Ghanta used to hang at his palace whose pulling chain used to keep on hanging at the door of the palace and any aggrieved person could ring that bell by pulling that cord to make the emperor aware that somebody is seeking justice from him.

It was famous as the 'Chain of Justice'. Since the family members of Kanwar are against her marriage with Mangal Singh, a bloody fight takes place in which the father and the brother of Kanwar are killed in the hands of Mangal Singh.

Now Mangal Singh is a criminal in the eyes of the law and Sangraam Singh being completely loyal to the state, arrests him and hands him over to the authorities. Death penalty is awarded to Mangal Singh for the murders committed by him. Sangraam Singh being a loving father, appeals to the emperor Jahaangir Chandra Mohan to award amnesty to his son but his request is turned down by the emperor on the plea that Jahangir's justice means blood for blood or a life for a life.

Sangraam Singh is left with no choice but to accept his verdict and return to his own with a grief-laden heart.

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However an unexpected incident creates a twist in this flat tale. Empress Noor Jehan Naseem Baanu inadvertently kills a washerman by her arrow while practicing archery.

Now Sangraam Singh sees an opportunity in this incident to save the life of his son. He takes the aggrieved widow of that washerman to the palace and makes a call to the justice of the emperor through her. He demands that if an eye for an eye or blood for blood or a life for a life is the emperor's justice then it should be applicable to all irrespective of the concerned's status.

The penalty awarded to his son should be awarded in this case also without any discrimination being made due to the status of the culprit i.

What happens thereafter forms one of the most memorable sequences of the history of Bollywood cinema, culminating in a great finale. Pukaar is a great movie by all standards, a true classic, a masterpiece. None in Bollywood could match the skills of Sohraab Modi in making impressive period movies or costume dramas with the sole exception of K.The film is about Mughal emperor Jehangir 's legendary justice and his inner conflict when his wife kills an innocent citizen by mistake.

The movie is a typical Sohrab Modi production which always seemed to be historical with heavy and lengthy Urdu dialogues said in a loud and dramatic style. Story and lyrics are by Kamal Amrohi. Pukar is considered to be the earliest Muslim social film. Set at the court of the harsh, but just Mughal Emperor Jehangir Chandra Mohanthe film tells two separate love stories: the first of Mangal Singh Ali and Kanwar Sheela amid the violent feud raging between their families, and the second, the famous story of Jehangir and Nurjehan Banu.

Mangal kills the brother and father of his lover when they accuse him of dishonouring them and attack him. His father, the loyal Rajput chieftain Sangram Singh Modicaptures his son and Jehangir passes the death sentence. Jehangir's claim that the law knows no class distinction is put on the test when a washerwoman Akhtar accuses Queen Nurjehan of having inadvertently killed her husband while shooting a bow and arrow.

Since the washerwoman's husband was killed by the Queen, claiming to be acting in justice, Jehangir says that the washerwoman should shoot him in the same fashion, as he is the Queen's husband.

All the courtiers protest and Sangram Singh says that the emperor's life belongs to the people and the washerwoman agrees to take compensation in the form of wealth. Nurjehan suggests a general amnesty for all prisoners, which is granted by Jehangir so that Nurjehan is then not a special case, thus Mangal Singh and Kanwar can marry.

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Download as PDF Printable version. Wikimedia Commons. Add links. Film poster. Kamal Amrohi Vishnupant Aundhkar S. Ameer Hyder. Sohrab Modi Chandramohan Naseem Banu. Fernandes Mir Saheb. Chaterji D.A love affair and two feuding families who play out a Romeo and Juliet type drama in 17th century India, under the Emperor Jehangir. Set at the court of the harsh Mughhal Emperor Jehangir Chandramohanthe film tells two separate love stories: the first of Mangal Singh Ali and Kanwar Sheela amid the violent feud raging between their families, and the second, the famous one of Jehangir and Nurjehan Banu.

Mangal kills the brother and father of his lover. His father, the loyal Rajput chieftain Sangram Singh Modicaptures his son and Jehangir passes the death sentence.

Jehangir's claim that the law knows no class distinction is put on the test when a washerwoman Akhtar accuses Queen Nurjehan of having inadvertently killed her husband during a hunt. Jehangir offers his own life but the washerwoman magnanimously forgives him.

The only son of Sardar Sangram Singh, Mangal, is provoked into a fight with two men, which he accepts and wins, killing the two challengers. The families of the deceased young men approach Shahenshah Jehangir for justice, and Sangram Singh, trusting the justice of his employer, entrusts his son to the justice of his majesty. Jehangir makes it clear that his law is clear and there are no exceptions, and he orders the execution of Mangal, ignoring the pleas of Sangram Singh.

Then a woman, who husband has been killed, rings the bell for justice. Jehangir appears to hear this matter, and he is told that this woman's husband has been killed by an arrow, but the woman is hesitant to name the killer for fear of repurcussion.

Jehangir, however, assures her that there will no repercussions, and she names the killer as his queen, Noor Jahan. This throws Jehangir into a quandry, as now he will have to apply the same law as he has been governing others with namely: "A life for a life". A woman, whose husband has been mysteriously killed attempts to seek justice, her pleas for justice leads her to his majesty Sardar Sangram Singh mansion. She begins to exclaim her problems to Sardar and in her claims was that her husband has been killed by an arrow.

This kind of conflicts leads Sardar to question his biological son, Mangal whose mope and his involvement in a violent fight might have lead to this kind of conflict.

But what Sardar does not know is that his very own queen, Noor Jahan has had an involvement in this case. What will he do when he finds this out?

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The second story is the famous one of Jehangir and Nurjehan. Mangal kills the brother and father of his lover. His father the loyal Rajput captures his son and Jehangir passes the death sentence. Jehangirs claim that the law knows no class distinction. But he is put on the test when a washerwoman Akhtar accuses Queen Nurjehan of having inadvertently killed her husband during a hunt. What will Jehangir do in this situation watch this movie to find out more. This work is in the public domain in India because its term of copyright has expired.

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