King Harishchandra

Severe tests face a noble king who is known throughout the universe for never swaying from his word. The sages Narada and Vishvamitra conspire to test Harischandra, but even the severest hardships cannot sway him from his word or destroy the his faith in Krishna. Happy ending. Hindi with English subtitles. B&W 137 minutes.
Harishchandra, in Hindu religious texts is the 36th king of the Solar Dynasty, Surya Maharishi Gothram (See: Vivasvan). His legend is very popular and often told as a benchmark for an ideal life. He was renowned for his piety and justice. His name is Sanskrit for "having golden splendour". Harishchandra had two unique qualities. The first being, he kept his word and never went back on what he uttered as a promise. The other being, he never uttered a lie in his life. These twin qualities were tested heavily in his life by various circumstances that led him to penury and separation from his family. But he stood to his principles in the face of all ordeals and persevered to become a symbol of courage.

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