In this series, I will share a few of my favourite and memorable scenes from the Movies. 


Madhumati is a 1958 Indian Hindi-language paranormal romance film directed and produced by Bimal Roy, and written by Ritwik Ghatak and Rajinder Singh Bedi.

The film stars actress Vyjayanthimala and actor Dilip Kumar in lead roles, with Pran and Johnny Walker in supporting roles. The plot focuses on Anand, a modern man who falls in love with a tribal woman named Madhumati. But they face challenges in their relationship finally leading to a paranormal consequence. 

Madhumati was one of the earliest films to deal with reincarnation, and was described by analysts as a potboiler that has a gothic and noir feel to it. It inspired later regional and international films that have reincarnation-based themes. It led the 6th Filmfare Awards with 12 nominations, and won 9 awards including Best Film, Best Director for Roy, Best Music Director for Chaudhary, Best Female Playback Singer for Mangeshkar—the most awards for a film at that time—a record that it maintained for record 37 years. It also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.

Through the years, it has become the template for almost every reincarnation saga in Bollywood, from Subhash Ghai’s Karz (1980) to Chetan Anand’s Kudrat (1981) to Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om (2007). 

The complete songs album of Madhumati, composed by Salil Chaudhary, was a super-hit becoming one of the many reasons for the film’s massive success. Songs like Aaja Re Pardesi, Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mausam Haseen, Dil Tadap-Tadap Ke Keh Raha Hai, Chadh Gayo Paapi Bichua, Jungle Mein Mor Nacha in the voices of the legends like Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi and others added to the strength of the story. Shailendra’s brilliant lyrics worked superbly with the tribal folk music, giving the film an authentic appeal.


Now coming to plot of the movie, the movie starts with engineer Devendra and his friend drives down a hill road, a landslide blocks their path and the they take shelter in an old mansion. Devendra finds the house eerily familiar. In the large front room, he finds an old portrait, which he recognises. He’s joined by his friend and the old caretaker. Devendra, experiencing flashbacks of another life, sits down to tell his story while the storm rages outside.

We learn that Devendra was Anand in that life, Anand is the new manager of Shyamnagar Timber Estate. An artist in his spare time, he travels to the hills and falls in love with Madhumati, a Kumaoni tribal woman whose songs have haunted him from a distance.The timber estate owner, Ugranarayan hatches a plot and tries to rape Madhumati in his haveli. But to save herself from the clutches of the estate owner, Madhumati commits suicide from the terrace of the haveli.


One of the iconic and memorable scenes from the movie goes like this –

Anand to make the estate owner confess his crime in front of the police, prepares a lookalike of Madhumati, Madhavi to pose as re-incarnated Madhumati. At the pre-decided time when the police arrives, re-incarnated Madhumati appears in front of the owner of the estate. Shocked, the owner starts confessing the matter as said by Madhumati. Anand is happy that the lookalike Madhavi is performing as expected. But he too gets shocked when he finds Madhavi telling about happenings that he had not told to Madhavi. Nevertheless, the police arrest the estate owner and take him along with them. Then Anand finds the actual look alike, Madhavi hurriedly coming to the decided place, apologizing for being late. Anand realizes, that the real re-incarnated Madhumati had performed her role to get the owner confess his crime. 

The scene of the estate owner confessing his crime in the presence of the police is absolutely unforgettable.  



Vijay Likhite







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