Aan (Hindi: आन, Urdu: آن, translation: Pride), also known as The Savage Princess in
the United States, is a 1952 Hindi film produced and directed by Mehboob
Khan, which was India's first technicolour film, as it was shot in 16mm
Gevacolour and was blown up in Technicolor. It stars Dilip Kumar, Premnath,
Nimmi and marked the debut of Nadira who replaced the original choice which
was actress Nargis.
A royal Indian
family consists of the Emperor Maharaj (Murad), his brother Shamsher Singh
(Premnath) and sister Rajshree (Nadira). A local village leader named Jai
Tilak (Dilip Kumar) enters a contest to tame Princess Rajshree's horse and
after he is successful Shamsher challenges him to a game of fencing. Jai is
declared the winner of the fight after much dispute and Shamsher is enraged
at losing to a poor villager. Jai then falls in love with Rajshree and tries
numerous times to woo her but the princess's arrogance prevents her from
revealing her true feelings. Shamsher becomes even more enraged when the
Emperor Maharaj reveals that Shamsher is not the heir to his throne after his
death and that he plans to free India from monarchy and turn to democracy.
Shamsher then plans to gain control of the kingdom by killing the Maharajah
on the night before he is due to travel to England for a medical procedure.
However he is unsuccessful after the Maharajah escapes an attempt on his life
by Shamsher's henchmen and disguises himself as a servant in his own palace.