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Kanoon  (1960 - Hindi)

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    Anonymous wrote on Oct 21 2010 3:17PM

    Kalidas (Jeevan) is presented before court for the murder of Ganpat. He pleads guilty, but claims that the court can do him no harm as he has already served a sentence for the murder of the same man. An emotionally overcharged Kalidas asks judge Badri Prasad (Ashok Kumar) what gives law the right to deprive an innocent man of something it cannot return him, before collapsing and dying.

    The shocking incident becomes makes its way to the press and becomes a matter of hot debate in the city. Two judges, Mr. Jha and Mr. Savalkar (Iftekhar in a guest appearance). Badri Prasad, who is well known for never having awarded a death sentence, has a friendly argument with Jha, which leads to a wager that its possible for someone to get away scot free with murder.

    In the meanwhile, romance is blossoming between Badri Prasad's daughter Meena (Nanda) and advocate Kailash Khanna (Rajendra Kumar), who is one of the rising stars in the legal fraternity and Badri Prasad's protege. The young couple's visit to a ballet is rather unremarkable, except for the surreptitious appearance of Ashok Kumar, who is seen by the viewer romancing an unknown lady (Shashikala) in a private box. Incidentally the murdered man Ganpat is her husband. She married a rich man during her first husband's (Ganpat) lifetime, and inherited his property. This was an illegal marriage, and Dhaniram was blackmailing her, as he was privy to this information.

    Badri Prasad's son Vijay (Mehmood) is heavily indebted to a local money lender Dhaniram (Om Prakash) who, having obtained the former's signature on a blank piece of paper, threatens to have his entire property confiscated. Afraid to face his stern father with the truth, Vijay pleads Kailash to intercede with the money lender. The later agrees to do so, despite initial reluctance.

    Kailash drops in at the money lender's place to have a word with him. Their exchange is interrupted by the arrival of Badrinath's lookalike (the man who actually kills him). Kailash does not want to be seen with Dhaniram, so he hides in a sideroom, instructing Dhaniram, not to disclose to the judge that he had come there.

    Dhaniram receives the unexpected guest through an already open door. Kailash watches in horror from the inner room, as the unscheduled visitor (Ashok Kumar) stabs his host to death. Unsure what to do, he walks away. Unfortunately, a petty thief Kaalia (Nana Palsikar), who comes in with the intention of burglary, is apprehended at the scene of the crime and presented before Badri Prasad's court. He is shown being caught by Subinspector Das (Jagdish Raj), and Hawildar Ram Singh. Kaalia's hands are completely drenched in blood.

    Torn between his loyalty to his mentor and to be father-in-law on the one hand and his moral crime in letting an innocent man to be hanged, Kailash resolves to defend the accused, while at the same time, avoiding bringing out in public the painful truth. What ensues is an absorbing psychological thriller with an unexpected end.


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