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J.S. Casshyap (dialogue)
Niranjan Pal (dialogue)
An "untouchable" girl and a Brahmin boy fall in love, but the strict caste system and the gossip of the villagers threaten to keep them apart. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A solid love story between a bramhin boy and an untouchable girl within the backdrop of Indias caste system which separated the couple. See more (2 total) »


  (in credits order)
Devika Rani ... Kasturi

Ashok Kumar ... Pratap
Monorama ... Meera
Pramila ... Kajri
Kamta Prasad ... Dukhia
Kusum Kumari ... Kalyani
Anwari Begum (as Anweri)
P.F. Pithawala ... Mohan
Kishori Lal ... Babulal
Ishrat ... Sukhlal
N.M. Joshi ... Police Inspector
Khosla ... Patient
Mumtaz Ali ... Dancer
Sunita Devi ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Najam Naqvi (as Anwar)

Directed by
Franz Osten 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
J.S. Casshyap  dialogue
Niranjan Pal  dialogue
Niranjan Pal  screenplay
Niranjan Pal  story
Himansu Rai  story

Produced by
Himansu Rai .... producer
Original Music by
Saraswati Devi 
Cinematography by
Josef Wirsching 
Film Editing by
D.N. Pai  (as Dattaram N Pai)
Production Design by
Karl von Spreti 
Set Decoration by
Karl von Spreti 
Costume Design by
H.K. Khosla 
Production Management
N.R. Acharya .... production manager
Sound Department
S.B. Vacha .... sound

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142 min
Aspect Ratio:
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A solid love story between a bramhin boy and an untouchable girl within the backdrop of Indias caste system which separated the couple., 7 January 2013
Author: dbhattac from United States

It is monumental task to write a review of a movie made seventy seven years earlier when there was no Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and so on. But when I put myself in that age when Madhubala was probably four years old, I find Achyut Kanya a classic of a movie. The story based on India's famed caste system where Pratap(Ashok Kumar) and Kasturi ( Devika Rani) comes from the two ends of the society and fall in love. Both Ashok Kumar and Rani acted very well and their dialogues are very well written. The story has a very strong foundation and the uproar due to this uncommon courtship between Pratap and Kasturi was very well depicted. This was Ashok Kumar's first film and set the stage for a very long career with hundreds of films to his credit. Devika Rani was the first actress to play a part and was responsible for making careers for stars like Dilip Kumar and Madhubala. Overall I was very pleased with the movies and gave it a nine out of ten considering the fact that this was made in the year 1936.

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