Written by Kamal Amrohi = script (uncredited)
Kamal Amrohi = story
Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Horror | Mystery | Romance | Thriller
::: Cast :::
Cast (in credits order) verified as complete
Ashok Kumar = Hari Shankar
Madhubala = Kamini
M. Kumar = Hari Shankar's Father (as Kumar)
Vijayalaxmi = Ranjana
Kanu Roy = Shrinath
Ramastri = (as Ramsastri)
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::: Plot summary for MaHeL 19549 :::
Hari Shankar (Ashok Kumar) comes to claim his inheritance - a palatial building known as Shabnam Mahal. He does not see anything out of the normal, until he sees his portrait on the wall. The housekeeper tells him the background of the portrait and the tragic ending of two lovers. Later, Hari Shankar sees a woman singing and swinging in the garden swing, when he approaches, she disappears. Both the housekeeper and his lawyer friend, Shrinath, warn Hari Shankar, and ask him to stay away from this house, he does so, only to be drawn back. No one can help Hari Shankar now as he continues to be drawn deeper and deeper into the dark world of the ghostly apparition. "Ayega.. ayega... aanewala, aayega...." is still popular on radio and tapes/cd.
Shankar (Ashok Kumar), a handsome lawyer, moves into the Mahal-an old, dark and abandoned mansion with a tragic history. He notes his resemblance to a portrait of the former owner and soon afterwards is approached by the spirit of Kamini (Madhubala), the owner's mistress. She orders him to either die or marry her incarnation, a servant's daughter named Asha. Shankar soon becomes obsessed with the ghost-to the point where his worried friend Srinath (Kanu Roy) arranges for Shankar to marry the beautiful Ranjana (Vijayalakshmi). However, Shankar's obsession only intensifies after the wedding and he forces poor Ranjana to live in a vermin-infested shack. She soon commits suicide, accusing Shankar in her dying words, and soon he is arrested for her assumed murder. Later, Asha, now married to Srinath, reveals she had masqueraded as Kamini. However, a suicide note from Ranjana is found - and soon Shankar, still obsessed, is set free and on his way back to the Mahal.