- 2 hr 11 min
Imaan is a 1974 Hindi film directed by Chetan Anand and starring Sanjeev Kumar, Leena Chandavarkar, and Johnny Walker. The movie is a tale of love, patriotism and sacrifices, set amidst the backdrop of a changing and unstable India. The movie opens with an army captain, Ajit Verma (played by Sanjeev Kumar), on his way to his village to attend his sister's wedding. During his journey, he comes across a young boy who is injured and desperately needs medical help. Ajit takes him to the nearest hospital, where he learns that the boy is the son of a freedom fighter who was apprehended by the British authorities. Ajit makes a promise to the boy's father that he will help him escape from prison and reunite with his son.
As Ajit leaves the hospital, he meets a young woman, Malini (played by Leena Chandavarkar), who is traveling to the same village as him. They both fall in love but their happiness is short-lived as they soon find themselves caught up in the political turmoil of pre-independence India. As Ajit tries to fulfill his promise to the boy's father, he finds himself facing numerous challenges and obstacles.
On one hand, Ajit has to keep his word to the freedom fighter and help him escape from prison. On the other hand, he has to deal with his own inner conflicts as he tries to balance his love for Malini and his obligations as an army officer. Meanwhile, Malini, who is a school teacher, becomes deeply involved in the freedom struggle and takes up the cause of educating poor children in her village.
The movie takes a dramatic turn when Ajit is accused of being a spy by the local British authorities. He is arrested and imprisoned, and Malini is left alone to fight his case and clear his name. Meanwhile, the freedom fighter that he promised to help also faces grave danger and it falls upon Ajit to save him from being executed.
Through it all, the movie explores the themes of love, sacrifice, and patriotism. As Ajit and Malini fight for their love and their country, they are forced to make difficult choices and confront their deepest fears. The characters in the movie are richly drawn and the performances are outstanding, especially Sanjeev Kumar and Leena Chandavarkar who excel in their roles.
Imaan is a brilliant portrayal of India's struggle for independence and the sacrifices made by ordinary people in the face of adversity. It captures the spirit of those tumultuous times and is a must-watch for anyone interested in Indian history and cinema. The movie's themes are timeless and resonate with audiences even today, more than four decades after its release.