20 September, 2020

6. Do Bigha Zamin - 1953

Director: Bimal Roy; Stars: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Ratan Kumar, Sapru, Jagdeep

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6. Do Bigha Zamin - 1953
  • Meena Kumari makes a brief appearance singing Aaja ri aa nindiya tu aa

  • Bimal Roy was sceptical about casting Balraj Sahni. He thought Sahni was too educated and westernised for the role.

  • Nirupa Roy actually wept for her scenes. "This is the first film I didn’t use glycerine for tears," she had said.

  • The film is based on a short story by Salil Chowdhury, Rickshaw-wallah. Chowdhury agreed to Roy taking his idea, but on the condition that he would score the music.

  • Dharti kahe pukar ke, Bollywood’s ultimate peasant song, is derived from the Soviet Red Army’s marching tune!

The epitome of the socialist-humanist Indian cinema of the 1950s, Do Bigha Zamin marries our traditional melodramatic elements of storytelling with the neo-realism of Vittorio De Sica and the idealism Roy derived from the ipta. This seemingly simple film is a dark parable about an exploitative, degrading society caught in the cusp of modernity. With its focus on migrant peasantry, the faceless...


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