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‘Tarana’ is a romantic Hindi-language film released in 1951. It is produced by K.S. Daryani and directed by Ram Daryani. The movie is written by D.N. Madhok, screenplay by K.S. Daryani and musical score by Anil Biswas. This is a delightful film starring Madhubala and Dilip Kumar and was one of the biggest box-office hits of that year.
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It is a simple, sweet, beautifully filmed story. Tarana is an innocent young girl, played to perfection by the effervescent, talented and stunning Madhubala. She lives in a village with her blind father, Surdas, and her pet lamb called Saiyan. Saiyan has a charming and loveable presence in the film. One day, a plane crashes near their village and they end up giving shelter to a handsome young doctor, Motilal, played expertly by the charismatic Dilip Kumar. Tarana and Moti fall in love. The course of their love, however, is not smooth; a prominent villager, Totaram, wishes to marry Tarana and creates a lot of trouble for the lovers. Doctor Motilal has his own troubles; unknown to him, his father has arranged a marriage for him with the daughter of his friend, a girl called Sheila. At some point, Doctor Moti has to go to town to see his father. Meanwhile, Totaram manages to malign Tarana’s reputation, and Surdas, who feels humiliated in front of the villagers, burns the house down with Tarana in it. By the time Doctor Motilal comes back for Tarana, he thinks her dead and is heartbroken. He goes back to town to his father and to Sheila. Moti, however, is unable to forget the beautiful Tarana but is finally persuaded to marry Sheila. It is on the wedding day that a mysterious girl leaves a small lamb in his house. That’s right: Saiyan!
The film boasts a fantastic musical score with several legendary songs like ‘Seene Mein Sulagte Hein Arman’, sung by the soulful Talat Mahmood and the gifted Lata Mangeshkar. My personal favourite is the lilting, melodious, charmingly filmed duet: ‘Nain Miley Nain Huey Baware’ sung by the aforementioned pair.
So, if you are in the mood for a soft, romantic movie; grab your mug of tea or coffee and tune in to ‘Tarana’. A beautiful heroine, a dashing hero, a nasty villain, two interfering fathers, plus the presence of the ever-threatening other woman, ‘Tarana’ will not disappoint.
Disclaimer: The above review solely illustrates the views of the writer.