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A Throw of Dice -- A cinematic telling of the ancient Sanskrit epic poem The Mahabharata.


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Release Date:
4 January 1930 (USA) See more »
Two rival kings addicted to gambling, Ranjit (Roy) and the evil Sohan (Rai), also vie for the same woman... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Seeta Devi ... Sunita
Himansu Rai ... King Sohat
Charu Roy ... King Ranjit
Modhu Bose ... Kirkbar - King Sohat's Henchman
Sarada Gupta ... Kanwa - Sunita's Father, the Hermit
Tincory Chakrabarty ... Kanzler Raghunath
Lala Bijoykishen ... Raghunaths Sohn Beerbal

Directed by
Franz Osten  (as F. Osten)
Writing credits
Niranjan Pal (story)

W.A. Burton (scenario)

Max Jungk  scenario: German version

Produced by
Nadine Luque .... producer (restored version)
Domenico Procacci .... producer (restored version)
Himansu Rai .... producer
Original Music by
Nitin Sawhney (restored version: DVD)
Willy Schmidt-Gentner (original music: cinema)
Cinematography by
Emil Schünemann  (as E. Schunemann)
Art Direction by
Promode Nath 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Campbell .... assistant director
Other crew
Himansu Rai .... supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Prapancha Pash" - UK (original title)
"Throw of the Dice" - USA (informal English alternative title)
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74 min | India:85 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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This film includes the first kiss in an Indian movie.See more »
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Holds up well for a silent flick, 25 July 2010
Author: termitekeith from California, USA

Actors & Actresses from the silent movie era tend to overact by today's standards but the acting in this sweet little movie is commendably restrained especially for an "action/suspense type movie.

The story is of two Indian kings, both avid gamblers who both fall for the same woman played by a functionally beautiful Seeta Devi. One of the kings has been secretly plotting to assassinate the other and take over his kingdom but his first attempt only wounds him. He is nursed by health by Sunita (Devi) & her father who is a man of medicine who has previously left the kings court to live in the forest because he is put off by the gambling.

The entry of Sunita onto the scene escalates the stakes as the evil king uses various methods to eliminate the other & not only take his kingdom but take Sunita as well.

The story is nothing special but as I said before the acting is reserved for a silent picture. Devi in particular is able to convey her feelings with a simple look or facial expression, an excellent display of subtle acting far different from the usual histrionics that you'd usually see from actresses at this time.

Look for some excellent camera work at the beginning showing some of the local wildlife.

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