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.