Parasmani

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Parasmani
पारसमणी
Parasmani poster 300x300.jpg
Promotional Poster
Directed byBabubhai Mistri
Produced byPandit Madhur
Bachubhai Mistry
Written byC.K. Mast (dialogues)
Screenplay byPandit Madhur
Vishwanath Pande
Story byPandit Madhur
Vishwanath Pande
StarringMahipal
Geetanjali
Music byLaxmikant Pyarelal
CinematographyPeter Pereira
Edited byKamlakar Karkhanis
Production
company
Basant Studio
Ranjit Studios
Shreekant Studios
Release date
  • 1963 (1963)
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

Parasmani ("Philosopher's stone" that converts iron into gold) is a 1963 Indian Hindi-language film. The film is a musical fantasy drama shot partly in Black and White and partly in colour. It has been directed by Babubhai Mistri, who is known as the pioneer of cinematic effects.[1][2] The film was financially successful.[3]

The film was dubbed into Tamil with the title Maayamani and was released in 1964.[4]

Plot[edit]

Paras (played by Mahipal) is the son of the Senapati and is lost when his ship meets storms at sea. Paras is then found by a poor villager, who brings him up as his own. Paras grows up and becomes an accomplished swordsman and singer. One day, he encounters the princess (played by Gitanjali) and falls in love with her. His fame soon reaches the palace, and the Emperor summons him to sing for him. Pleased with his singing, the Emperor asks him for a wish, and Paras asks for the hand of his daughter. Enraged, the Emperor decides to punish Paras, but Paras escapes. Appearing defeated, the Emperor asks Paras to seek a rare gem called a Parasmani, because he is under a curse that states as soon as his daughter marries, it will be the last day for the Emperor. If Paras is can find the Parasmani, the life of Emperor can be saved. Only then can Paras marry the princess. Parasmani is a hypothetical jewel which is considered to keep the bearer young forever. Paras agrees to this and leaves on the search with his sister and brother.

Paras receives clues from various places and is directed to a cave. From this point, the film is in Eastman Color. Fighting various magical creatures and volcanic lava, Paras meets the Sorceress Mayanagri, who falls in love with the brave Paras. Taking him in confidence, she shows him her real self, which is an old woman. The Sorceress shows him the Parasmani, which Paras gains after killing a giant spider-like creature. Soon the old sorceress also meets her end. Paras and his siblings fly back to their kingdom where, after some crucial fights, he meets his father, Senapati, and is married to the princess.

Cast[edit]

  • Geethanjali as Rajkumari (princess)
  • Mahipal as Paras
  • Nalini Chonkar as Roopa (Paras' sister)
  • Maruti Rao as Tipu (Paras's brother)
  • Jeevan Kala as Sorceress Mayanagri
  • Aruna Irani as Bijli (Rajkumari's helper)
  • Jugal Kishore as Senapati (Paras's father)
  • Manher Desai as Emperor
  • Helen as Dancer in song "Ooi Maa Ooi Maa"

Soundtrack[edit]

The music of the film is composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Hansta Hua Noorani Chehra"Asad BhopaliLata Mangeshkar, Kamal Barot3:40
2."Mere Dil Mein Halki Si"Asad BhopaliLata Mangeshkar4:56
3."Ooi Maa Ooi Maa Yeh Kya Ho Gaya"Asad BhopaliLata Mangeshkar3:24
4."Salamat Raho Salamat Raho"IndeevarMohammad Rafi5:57
5."Woh Jab Yaad Aaye"Asad BhopaliMohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar4:43
6."Chori Chori Jo Tumse Mili"Faruk KaiserMukesh, Lata Mangeshkar4:01

Ustad Zakir Hussain played tabla for the song: Salamat Raho.

This film is the first independent film together of the musical duo Laxmikant Pyarelal. Before this, they have worked under many musicians separately as well as together. This film also marks the beginning of the long relationship between them, Lata Mangeshkar and Rafi.[5]

"Hasta Hua Noorani Chehra" is also used in the film Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! while the characters are playing a game. The Parasmani soundtrack CD was released by EMI & cataloged as CDF 120248. It also included the songs from the film Lootera (1965). The CD is now considered very obscure and rare.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pioneer
  2. ^ Special effects
  3. ^ 1963 Boxoffice ratings Archived 14 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Film News Anandan (23 October 2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [History of Landmark Tamil Films] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivakami Publishers. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017.
  5. ^ Lata's interview

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