Avec: Raj Kapoor, Tanuja, Hema Malini, Jayanth, Nadira, Durga Khote, David
Réalisateur: Mahesh Kaul
Compositeur: RaShanker Jaikishan
Sous-titres: Anglais, Français, Allemand
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Durée: (environ) 150 minutes
Bonus: Menu Interactive, Sélection des chapitres, Sous-titres..
In the wayside town of Anandpur, on the eve of Diwali, the festival of lights, Rajoo (Raj Kapoor) appears from no where and sees the entire town plunged into darkness because of the tyranny of a stern, cuel and heartless zamindar Thakur Harnam Singh. Poverty stalks the place; Rajoo sees sorrow and despair in every heart. But soon his magical presence begins to take effect; he gives everyone a hope, a dream that everything will be alright. The dreams come true and people take him to be a saint even though he tells them that he is a mere dream merchant. Near the outskirts of the town, he sees a young girl being chased by a group of people; she is accused of stealing mangoes from the Thakur's garden. He saves the girl and discover to be the ravishingly beautiful, gypsy wildcat named Mahi (Hema Malini). Mahi falls in love with Rajoo, but her attempt at seducing him is made difficult beacase the dream merchant is such a novice understanding a womans desires. In his days of youth, Thakur Harnam Singh had a daughter born from a gypsy woman. When his own wife Kamla gave birth to a child, the gypsy woman took away the Thakur's real daughter and left her own child Ranjana-with the threat if the Thakur does not marry Ranjana to a deserving man, then she (the gypsy) would marry off the real daughter of the Thakur to a scoundrel. Not knowing where his real daughter was and always afraid of the gypsy's threat, the Thakur could never harm Ranjana growing up as his daughter in his mansion. But he always hated her and in this atmosphere of hatred and terror, Ranjana is rejected by all the suitors who come to see her. Thakur Harnam Singhs first encounter with Rajoo is rather unusual; he first welcomes Rajoo, mistaking him to be the Raj Kumar who has come see the hand of his unwanted daughter Ranjana. But when the real Raj Kumar turns up, Rajoo is given a rough treatment and thrown out of Thakurs mansion. Rajoo soon becomes a popular figure in Anandpur. Now the people of Anandpur are no longer afraid of the mighty Thakur, for, Rajoo the dream merchant, has given them faith, hope and a will to fight for their happiness, and they become rebellious. Thakur tries to kill Rajoo, but in vain. Mahi gives shelter to Rajoo, and like her dog, her parrot and her buffalo, Mahi has another pet in her hut- a human pet on whom she pours forth her love. When Ranjana learns of the secret of her birth and in desperation tries to commit suicide, Rajoo saves her by assuring her that Raj Kumar will marry her and if no Raj Kumar turns up, then he (Rajoo) wil marry her. Rajoo feels bound by this promise and becomes indifferent towards Mahi. The wild and possessive Mahi, stung by jealously, tries every strategem known to her, to ensnare Rajoo, and at last in anger and desperation, sets afloat the rumour that she is pregnant through Rajoo. At this moment, Rajoos dreams to the people fail to come through; the promised rains don't come. People lost faith in Rajoo who is decried by everyone. Rajoo is hauled up before the Panchayat to answer Mahi's charge. Thakur seized the opportunity and sets the people against Rajoo who is being stone by the mad people. Then comes the dramatic moment when the past catches up with the present and the trerible secret hidden in the folds of destiny is unravelled to the astonishment of everyone.