Lal Patthar

Synopsis: Raja Kumar Bahadur alias Gyan Shankar Rai has been a total abstainer all his life, never touching a drop of alcohol, and keeping away from women and all known vices all his life. Then one day he sees a young woman named Saudamani, and instantly falls in love with her. He finds out about her background, and virtually buys her, and brings her to his palatial home. This is when he takes to drinking, and wooing her, and renaming her Madhuri, but refrains from marrying her. Years later, he sees another beautiful woman, about half his age, named Sumita, meets with her parents, pays off their debts, and marries her in the bargain. He brings Sumita home, but makes it clear that Madhuri's word is law here. Then Kumar finds out that Sumita had a childhood sweetheart in Shekhar, who has now returned from abroad. Kumar meets with Shekhar and finds out that both still have feelings for each other. An insecure and jealous Kumar now schemes a plot against them on the historical grounds of Fatehpur Si
Genre: Drama
148 min

This is Fatehpur Sikri,

founded by King Akbar.

There is a strange appeal

in its silence and desolation.

A kind of magic.

That is why I keep

getting drawn here...

...and still don't

feel satiated.

I am very tired, sister-in-law,

serve me tea.

- Go, get the stuff from the car.

- Me? Lmpossible!

I cannot walk any more,

Leela, you go and get it.

Don't you feel ashamed?

Lmpossible indeed!

Who asked you to insist

that we see everything in a day?

And now? 'I am tired,

I cannot walk anymore'!


What! Did you

hear that, sister-in-law?

Why do you pay

attention to that nut?

- Where are you going?

- To get the food.

- I'll go...

- Wait. I'll go.

Don't touch it!


- Isn't that Leela's voice?

- Yes.

Don't be afraid, dear.

I was forbidding you... that your hands

don't touch blood. - Blood?

- Yes, blood.

- What nonsense are you talking?

I am not talking nonsense,

I am speaking the truth.

There is a tale of blood

in every stone here.

Tale of blood... in every stone.

- You'd come to see

Fatehpur Sikri? - Yes.

- Have you finished going around?

- Yes.

Did you see 'Lal Pathar'

(red stone)?

- Lal Pathar?

- Yes, Lal Pathar.

All the stones here are red.

No, I am not talking

about all the stones.

I am talking about only those two

stones which are red as blood.

Did you see those two stones?

But the guide book

doesn't mention any such...

Does the guide book mention

how many conspiracies... many murders,

were committed here?

How many lovers met here

and parted ways?

Does it mention the story

of Negro Suleiman?

Does it mention Kurshid and

Mubarrak's woeful story?

No, it doesn't.

Likewise, even those two

red stones are not mentioned.

But does that make it a lie?

Will that make it a lie?

- Shall I ask you something?

- What?

- Who are you?

- Why do you ask?

No reason.

Just like that.

- Introduce yourself.

- Introduce?

I tried hard to forget.

Very hard.

But where am I able to forget?

I'm not able to forget.

- Can you give me some water?

- Sure.


Blood! Blood!

- What is in this?

- Tea.

He speaks Hindi and

English very fluently.

Could he be some bandit?

Shh! He may hear you.

Will you hear the historic

story of that red stone?

Even we want to hear.

Please tell us.

- Yes, please tell us.

- But it's getting late.

Sir, everyone sees the

Taj Mahal by moonlight.

But if you don't see

Fatehpur Sikri by moonlight... have seen

nothing in Agra.

You are right. It's a full moon

night. And then, we have a car.

Please tell us.


Rainagar's history was strange.

The first man of the

royal family of Rainagar...

...King Raghav Shanker Rai...

...was a

cruel and brutal bandit.

Break open the door!


You all go to the other room.


I was looking for you.

You cannot escape me today.

When Gyanshanker,

the only male heir...

...of the 7th generation

of the Rai family...

...was eight years old...

- Hey! Who are you?

- Kokha.

Anand's son?

...Who am I?

- Grandfather.

- Yes!

Don't ever go there, you'll get

the curse of Queen Sonmai.

I have sent an appeal to the

Emperor abroad...

...that Anand has imprisoned me.

Don't tell anyone.

Son, when you grow up,

get an education.

And be good to your subjects.

Mom, why has father

imprisoned grandfather?

No, dear.

- Because he has gone mad?

- Yes.

- Why does one go mad?

- It's a kind of sickness.

Mom, why had

Queen Sonmai cursed us?

- Who told you?

- Haricharan, & even grandfather.

You will understand when

you grow up. Now go to sleep.

- Tell me!

- Go to sleep, Kokha.

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Nabendu Ghosh

Nabendu Ghosh (27 March 1917 – 15 December 2007) was an Indian author in Bengali literature, and screenwriter. He has written screenplays of classic Bollywood movies like, Sujata, Bandini, Devdas, Majhli Didi, Abhimaan and Teesri Kasam. He has written stories for movies like Baap Beti, Shatranj, Raja Jani. He has also acted briefly in Do Bigha Zameen, Teesri Kasam and Lukochuri. Later in his career, he directed four movies as well. more…

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