Nausherwan-E-Adil, India, 21 June 1957

Sultan-e-Iran (Emperor of Iran) is a Just ruler and known as such, Nausherwane-e-Adil (Nausherwan The Just) (Sohrab Modi). His laws are equal for everyone and follows them in his dispensation of Justice. However when questioned about a certain ruling by a Christian priest David (Bipin Gupta), he realises that the laws he is following have come down through ages without being written down. He decides to rectify this and gets his Wazir (Niranjan Sharma) to start work on it. Nausherwan now decides to go incognito into his country to see for himself if his people are contented and happy. When he returns he sets about bringing reformation in the laws with the help of his judiciary. He puts forth two laws; anyone deceiving a girl will be walled up, and anyone betraying the state will be put to death.

Nausherwan has a wife (Naseem Banu) and two sons, Naushahzad (Raaj Kumar) and Hormuz. He now declares his older son Naushahzad as heir to the throne. Naushahzad saves a young girl when he fishes her out of the water with the help of his friend Altaf (Agha). They take her to the priest David where it’s discovered that she’s his long-separated daughter, Marcia (Mala Sinha). Naushazad says he’s a Christian named Joseph. Soon Marcia and David fall in love. Joseph now declares to his mother (who's also a Christian) that he's a Christian, but she asks him to keep it hidden from his father as only an Iranian (Zorastrian) can become the ruler. Complications arise and Nausherwan is tested when David and Marcia come to him demanding justice as they feel Naushhzad, as Joseph, has deceived them. When Nausherwan pronounces judgement as set down by his laws, Naushahzad revolts and is fought off by the Commander (Murad) who wounds him critically. Marcia kills herself with a dagger. Nausherwan now renounces his kingdom and establishes his younger son Hormuz as the new ruler.

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime: 137 Minutes
  • Director: Sohrab Modi


Nausherwan-E-Adil (Nausherwan, The Just) also called Farz Aur Mohabbat, is a 1957 costume action drama Hindi/Urdu film directed by Sohrab Modi. Produced by Minerva Movietone, it had music composed by C. Ramchandra with lyrics by Parwaiz Shamshi. The story, screenplay and dialogue writer was Shams Lucknowi. The cinematographer was Lateef Bhandare. The cast included Sohrab Modi, Naseem Banu, Mala Sinha, Raaj Kumar, Bipin Gupta and Shammi.

The story is about an unbiased ruler Nausherwan-E-Adil (Sohrab Modi) whose fair sense of justice brings about tragedy in his personal life involving his wife and son. The theme had some resemblance to Modi's earlier success Pukar (1939).