Chandan Ka Palna (1967)

Not all the riches in the world can compensate for the vacuum, the emptiness, created by the want of a child in a home. With a woman this yearning is a hundred times stronger and the outcome of her torment impossible beyond measure. Radha (Durga Khote) belonged to a rich family. Her sole aim in life after becoming a widow was to see her son Ajit (Dharmendra) happy and fulfil the promise she had given to her husband that the family name and tradition would be perpetuated.

Finding Ajit deeply in love with Shobha (Meena Kumari), the Raisaheb’s daughter who too loved him no less, Radha got them married, hoping that Shobha would prove an ideal wife and daughter-in-law and their home would soon resound with merry laughter of a child, if not children. Three years went by and Radha was still waiting for the new arrival in the family. Desperate, she took Shobha to a doctor who, after prolonged examination and treatment, told her that God alone could help her fulfill her yearning for a grandchild. Radha’s sorrow knew no bounds. She had to have a grandchild and fulfil her promise to her late husband. As a last resort, she took Shobha to Gurudev, the spiritual soul revered by the family. Taking her into confidence, he told her: “Look, I am no miracle worker. And, as far as my knowledge goes, I am certain that your daughter-in-law is destined to remain barren.” When Shobha heard this, she was in a daze. She knew her mother-in-law’s craving for a grandchild and she knew also that woman would leave no stone unturned to accomplish her objective.Life seemed to Shobha without a ray of hope for her to live. She decided to put an end to it. It was better that way, she thought, than to suffer the humiliation of being branded for ever barren. She knew how deeply her husband loved her and she could very well imagine his dilemma when forced to marry again for the sake of a child.She started walking in the direction of the fatal plunge to end all problems, to end herself. But what mere mortal can meet his or her end according to his or her own design? Destiny had other things written down for Shobha.

  • Director
    : Ismail Memon
  • Casting
    : Meena Kumari, Dharmendra, Mehmood, Mumtaz, Durga Khote
  • Music
    : R. D. Burman
  • Lyrics
    : Anand Bakshi


Meena Kumari, Dharmendra, Mehmood, Mumtaz, Durga Khote


Ismail Memon


R. D. Burman


Anand Bakshi