In the last days of the 18th century when the kingdoms of various states in India
were falling to the British one by one, there lived in one small independent state,
a poet called Navrang. He was married to Jamuna, a shy and plain but devoted woman,
and they lived with Navrang's father and sister Uma.
One day when Navrang's father brings a set of lovely clothes for his daughter-in-law, Navrang is keen that his wife should put the clothes on and fulfill his desire to be the most attractive woman in the world. But she does not accede to his requests. The more he tries to induce her, the more she is adamant not to oblige him. In fact, at night she goes to his sister's room to sleep and does not respond to his call when he comes to wake her up.
Just at that moment, Navrang hears a knock on the door and sees a woman dressed in the clothes brought by his father. The girl, Mohini, is all that he desires his wife to be. In fact, Mohini is the product of Navrang's imagination. She becomes his inspiration for his poetry.
His father secures for him a job in the king's court. And though his family and his wife misunderstand his love for Mohini, it wins for him great honor. His song on 'Holi' proves so popular that the king appoints him as the court poet. Manjari, the court singer, sings his songs. But his heart pines for the love of his wife and acceptance by his family.
During this period, the British take over the neighboring kingdom and the prince negotiates for a new treaty with the British. With this the king is disappointed, and dies. It is at the tragic hour that Navrang becomes the father of a boy. He is called to sing in the court in the presence of the British officers who have installed the prince as the king. But instead of praising the British, Navrang sings a patriotic song attacking the British, and as a result loses his job.
Poverty haunts the family. His relations with the wife get strained and she leaves him with the son. He secures some money from Manjari for his family. He searches for Jamuna and finds that Jamuna wants love and not money, but he reaches Jamuna's house, her father refuses to send her back with him.
Back home, he finds his father dead. Forlorn, he loses all interest in life. Only Manjari knows the cause of his misery. So when he cannot sing in court, she comes along with Jamuna. The appearance of Jamuna revives poet in him. He sings a new song, which holds the audience spellbound. Jamuna realizes that she was her husband's true inspiration.
The lovers get reunited. But they have to live on a pittance after the British have taken over the kingdom, for Navrang can never sing songs in praise of the new masters.
Please contact Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 373-0841/373-0265 for further details.