HUNTERWALI - THE LADY WITH THE WHIP


Hindi/1935/B&W/164 min
Production:
Wadia Movietone
Direction & Screenplay: Homi Wadia
Story :
J.B.H. Wadia
Music:
Master Mohammed
Cinematography: Balwant Dave
Cast : Fearless Nadia, Sharifa, Gulshan, Boman Shroff, John Cawas,Master Mohammed, Sayani, Atish, Jaidev
This stunt movie established the Wadias and Fearless Nadia. The story opens with a prologue showing Krishnavati and her infant son being thrown out of the house in a thunderstorm by the wicked Prime Minister Ranamal who also killed her brother. 20 years later the now adult son, Jaswant, is hit by a royal motor car and given a bag of gold in compensation. His refusal of the gift attracts the admiration of Princess Madhuri. When the nasty Ranamal, who wants to marry her, imprisons her father the king, she becomes the masked Hunterwali, 'protector of the poor and punisher of evildoers', and performer of stunts like jumping over a moving cart and fighting 20 soldiers at a time. She steals Jaswant's prize horse, Punjab, but returns it to him. Later they join forces and triumph over the villain. There are several bhajans by Govind Gopal, one of them (Hunterwali hai bhali duniya ki sudh leth) in praise of its masked star. Jaidev, later a noted composer, appears here as her sidekick, Chunnoo. J.B.H. Wadia's original scenario was developed by Joseph David, also known for India's first talkie movie Alam Ara (1931).

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