- 2 hr 31 min
Afsana is a melodramatic film from the year 1951 starring Ashok Kumar, Veena, and Jeevan Dhar. It is a black and white movie directed by B.R. Chopra and produced by B.R. Films. The film was based on a short story by Sajjad Zaheer. The story of Afsana revolves around a woman named Neela (Veena), who is forced to marry a wealthy man named Thakur (Jeevan Dhar) against her wishes. Thakur is a cold and stern man who treats Neela poorly. Meanwhile, Neela falls in love with a doctor named Ashok (Ashok Kumar), who also loves her. Ashok saves Neela's life when she goes into labor, and they confess their love for each other. However, their happiness is short-lived as Thakur finds out about their affair and confronts them. Neela and Ashok run away and start a new life together.
However, their happiness is short-lived when Thakur finds them and wants to take revenge on them. Thakur has a daughter named Mala (Pranoti Ghosh), who is in love with Ashok. Thakur convinces Mala to marry Ashok, and he tells Neela that he will take care of their child if she agrees to let Ashok marry Mala. Neela agrees, and Ashok marries Mala.
The story takes a dramatic turn when Mala discovers that Neela is Ashok's real love and not her. Mala becomes furious and confronts Neela. In the meantime, Thakur's health takes a turn for the worse, and he dies. Before he dies, he tells Mala to forgive Neela and accept her child with Ashok. Mala forgives Neela, and the movie ends on a happy note.
The acting in Afsana is excellent. Ashok Kumar is outstanding in his portrayal of the doctor, who is torn between his love for two women. Veena is impressive as the damsel in distress who is trapped in an unhappy marriage. Jeevan Dhar is convincing as the villain who torments Neela. The chemistry between the lead actors is palpable, and their performances breathe life into the film.
The music in Afsana is also noteworthy. Composer Husnlal Bhagatram created a beautiful soundtrack that complements the mood and emotions of the film. The songs "Jab Dil Hi Toot Gaya," "Yaad Rakhna Chand Taro," and "Zara Samne To Aao Chhaliye" are still popular today.
The film's direction is also impressive. B.R. Chopra manages to keep the story engaging throughout the movie's runtime. The highlight of the film is the final confrontation between Mala and Neela, where Mala realizes the depth of Neela's love for Ashok.
In conclusion, Afsana is a classic movie that has stood the test of time. It is a must-watch for fans of melodramatic films and showcases the virtuosity of its lead actors. The movie's gripping storyline, excellent acting, and soul-stirring music make it a timeless masterpiece.