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4 January 1930 (USA) See more »
With King Ranjit visiting him, King Sohat sees an opportunity to kill his young cousin and take over his kingdom... 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 title)
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74 min | India:85 min
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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Fairy-tale, 30 August 2007
Author: Igenlode Wordsmith from England

I suspect the number of (living) people who have seen this Indian silent picture may have gone up a hundred-fold in the course of the last few hours: London's Trafalgar Square was packed to capacity with what we were told was a 10,000-strong crowd, all present to see a free open-air screening accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of Nitin Sawhney's new score for the film. The turn-out was nothing short of incredible for any silent film, let alone for such an obscurity, and the event was clearly a wild success.

As for the film itself, it's a highly-coloured epic based on a classic Indian tale, and reminiscent of the works of the brothers Grimm or the stories of Scherezade. There is trickery and romance, rival princes, a wise hermit, a beautiful daughter unfamiliar with the outside world, palaces and jewels, henchmen and loyal followers, kidnapping, disguises and an army on the march. There is even the apocryphal cast of thousands -- with elephants! The new score is well done, and is in a sufficiently 'Western' style to be accessible to a European audience while containing an Indian flavour in the solo voices and instruments: the LSO performance was admirable, and was in fact the best live orchestral synchronisation I've yet heard. The actors are both good-looking (where appropriate) and talented, and there is some impressive wildlife footage at the beginning and sophisticated editing at the end.

What I didn't get, to be honest, was any sense of emotional depth: this is a simplistic moral or fairy-tale style story with a great deal of plot and little space for characterisation. It's all on the surface, and a very attractive surface it is too; but that's all there is. The film is entertaining and technically excellent, with lavish production values thrown into the bargain. It never got me involved on any more intense level, though.

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