Jaal (1952 film)

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Jaal aka The Net
Directed by Guru Dutt
Written by Guru Dutt
Starring Geeta Bali
Dev Anand
K.N. Singh
Johnny Walker
Music by S. D. Burman
Cinematography V.K. Murthy
Running time
165 minutes
Language Hindi

Jaal (Hindi: जाल, translation: Net/Trap) is a 1952 Bollywood film starring Dev Anand and Geeta Bali, and directed by Guru Dutt. This was Guru Dutt's second movie, after Dev Anand's production Baazi Guru Dutt was trying to find his bearings through commercially successful movies. After Baazi, this was the second film in which Dev Anand also came through as an actor with a unique style of his own.


After losing his vision during a storm, Carlos (K.N. Singh) lives with his sister, Maria (Geeta Bali), off the Indian coast in a fishing village. One day a mysterious young woman, Lisa, enters their lives, followed by a mysterious man, Tony Fernandes (Dev Anand). Maria and Tony fall in love with each other, much to the chagrin of Simon, who loves Maria and wants to marry her. Lisa then warns Maria that she has known Tony, they have had an affair together, and he had betrayed her, however, this warning has no effect on Maria. Then a gypsy palm-reader also cautions Maria that she may be headed for disaster at the hands of a stranger. The question remains: who exactly are Lisa and Tony, and what is the reason behind their presence on this fishing community; and whether or not Maria is being drawn into a web of lies and deceit at the hands of Tony?

Set in the fishing village of Goa, this film depicts the ties between Tony, a good-for-nothing man from the city, and Maria, a village girl who loves him innocently. The spirit of Christian love and forgiveness lies at the base of the story, and the film has a strong religious color to it, unusual for Guru Dutt.


Track No Song Singer(s) Duration
1 Sun Ja Dil Ki Dastan (Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni) Hemant Kumar
2 De Bhi Chuke Hum Dil Nazrana Geeta Dutt, Kishore Kumar
3 Chori Chori Meri Gali Aana Hai Bura Lata Mangeshkar
4 Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni Hemant Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
5 Jor Laga Ke Geeta Dutt
6 Pighla Hai Sona Door Gagan Par Lata Mangeshkar
7 Hans Le Ga Le Dhoom Macha Le Lata Mangeshkar
8 Soch Samajh Kar Dil Ko Lagana Geeta Dutt

Shooting Location[edit]

One of the shooting location for the movie was Malvan, Sindhudurg District, returning from where he with his colleague actress, met with an accident and he almost broke his ribs. They spent some time in the local hospital for recovery.

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