Lal Patthar

Lal Patthar, India, 31 December 1971

Raja Kumar Bahadur alias Gyan Shankar Rai (Raaj Kumar) 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 (Hema Malini), 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 (Raakhee), 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 (Vinod Mehra), 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 Sikri It is here Kumar's plot unfolds to entrap the young lovers, thus giving the title "Lal Patthar".

  • Genre: Romantic
  • Runtime: 148 Minutes
  • Director: Sushil Majumdar


Lal Patthar is a 1971 Hindi film, produced by F. C. Mehra, and directed by Sushil Majumdar. The film stars Raaj Kumar, Vinod Mehra, Hema Malini, Raakhee, Ajit, Asit Sen and Paintal. The film is one of rare films where lead actress Hema Malini played negative role, of jealous mistress of a zamindar, and tries to frame his young wife as an adultress, and her performance received accolades. The music of the film was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan with award winning songs.

The film was shot on some minor outdoor locations and at Mehboob Studios, and Natraj Studios Bombay.