Pukar (1939)



  • 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 (Chandramohan), the 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 (Modi), captures 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? Will he grant the woman justice or not?