Devata

1978

Tony is a village orphan who finds shelter under the wings of the parish priest. Fr. Fernandes, who brings him up as his own son in the ways of love, truth and tolerance. But Tony is cursed with a terrible temper when he is roused particularly by the act of injustice, and the hidden beast in him rises to the surface in such moment of colossal fury, that it is only the voice of god or the good Fr. Fernandes that help restrain him. Tony enjoys the friendship of an intensely loyal friend, police Inspector Lawrence. Tony is in love with a native belle, lily whom he married but loses in child-birth. He now showers all his love and devotion on his child Mary, who grows up in the living image of her mother, she goes to college where she falls in love with a playboy fellow student who robs he of her virginity and refuses to marry her. With all his animal rage roused to a pitch, Tony goes to the boy's house to persuade him to marry his daughter, but on his refusal to do so Tony stuns him with a single blow, his only intension being to bring the fellow to the church so that the marriage may be solemnized according to the religious rites but when the boy is brought to the church, he is found dead Tony is arrested and sentenced for life. Fr. Fernandes dies. To add to grief, Tony learns that Mary has committed suicide. But Tony escapes from the clutches of the law and returns years later a very wealthy man, in guise of Tarun Kumar Gupta, but Inspector Lawrence who suspects the identity of Tarun Kumar Gupta now becomes his shadow, following him everywhere. Tony finds that his Mary is alive through the kindness of a village doctor, and has a lovely doctor Lily, a collegiate in love with George son of Inspector Lawrence due to whose constant vigil Tony can't address his own daughter can hear the word "papa" from her lips, can't even fondle her in his arms in a fatherly embrace. All this gives rise interesting situations. Will Tony fulfill his fatherly yearnings? Will Inspector Lawrence tear the mask of Tarun Kumar Gupta from Tony's face? Will Lily and George find the fulfillment of their love? Here is a mystery you would love to solve and enjoy doing it all the way...