Kudrat (1981)

A precursor to both Hong Kong’s Dream Lovers (1986) and Hollywood’s Dead Again (1991) (with a late plot twist that foreshadows Stir of Echoes (1999)), Chetan Anand’s Kudrat may be the least polished of the three films, but take away its slow and uneventful start (and consider that you don’t have to deal with a hokey Kenneth Branagh performance) and this reincarnation romance manages to be a fairly arresting slice of cinema with technical merits that were undoubtedly far more impressive during the time of its release.

Cast: Raaj Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini

Chandramukhi is a pretty young woman who lives in Bombay, India, with her mom, Sarla, and dad. They decide to go on a holiday to scenic Simla, where Sarla meets her childhood friend, Kanta Gupta, who lives there with her Psychiatrist son, Naresh.Chandramukhi and Naresh are attracted to each other much to joy of their respective parents.Then on the first night in Simla, Chandramukhi has a nightmare where she sees herself chasing a man.The second night she has the same nightmare, prompting Naresh to hypnotize her, and walks her through her adult life, then to her younger years, and then to her past life.

Unable to proceed further, as he has no experience in this field, Naresh stops. Then Chandramukhi’s condition keeps on getting worse, she feels herself being attracted to former resident of Chandigarh, and now Simla’s Public Prosecutor Mohan Kapoor, who is to marry Advocate Karuna , the daughter of wealthy Choudhury Janak Singh.When Mohan begins to fall in love with Chandramukhi, and tells about this to Karuna, she decides to step aside and let him marry her.when Karuna invites Mohan and Chandramukhi over to her father’s house – the very day he has decided to announce her engagement with Mohan – Chandramukhi reacts with a terrified scream in Janak’s presence – an incident which will result in the investigation of sexual molestation and the subsequent murder of a village belle named Paro over 20 years ago.The perpetrator of these crimes is still at large with very little evidence to show that he actually did rape and kill Paro.

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