Rangin Raaten (1956)

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The ‘rangeen raatein’ (‘colourful nights’) of the title are the nights of glitter, glamour and entertainment promised to the far-flung villages of Kumaon by the ‘Moti Bai Touring Talkie’, which is referred to [rather ambitiously] by the police as a ‘carnival’. They have a trio of girls who sing and dance; and a bunch of men who indulge in rather more nefarious deeds.

It is these deeds that have drawn the attention of the local police. The daroga, chatting with a subordinate, is derisive of carnivals such as this, which—with their scantily-clad women and iffy morality—are ruining the innocence of the simple villagers of these hills.

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