Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

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In the hope of earning enough money to pay off his debts and save his land, a poor farmer becomes a rickshaw puller in the Calcutta and faces many difficulties.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Balraj Sahni ...
Shambu Maheto
Nirupa Roy ...
Parvati (Paro) Maheto
Rattan Kumar ...
Kanhaiya Maheto
Murad ...
Thakur Harnam Singh
Rajyalakshmi ...
Nayabji (as Rajlakshmi)
Nana Palsikar ...
Dhangu Maheto (Shambu's dad)
Nasir Hussain ...
Rickshaw puller (as Nazir Hussain)
Rekha Mallick ...
(as Rekha)
Jagdeep ...
Laloo Ustad, shoeshine boy
Sarita Devi
Dilip Kumar Jr.
Ramayan Tiwari ...
Paro's molester (as Tiwari)


A small Bengali landowner and his young son are in danger when their two-acre farmland where they live is in danger of being taken over by a local zamindar (feudal lord) for failure to pay for mounting debits. They move to Calcutta where the father tries making a living as a rickshaw puller while his wife joins him but falls ill which threatens everything they have going to try to save their ancestorial home. Written by Anonymous

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Deux hectares de terre  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Originally the film showed Nirupa Roy, the mother, dying in the climax and her husband (Balraj Sahni) gaining his piece of land despite the tragedy in his life. But when Bimal Roy's wife saw the film, she found the climax too regressive and inhumane and asked her husband to change the end. Bimal Roy re-shot the end and this time, Nirupa Roy survived but Balraj Sahni lost his piece of land. See more »


References Awaara (1951) See more »


aaja ri aa nindiya tu aa
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Music by Salil Choudhury
Lyrics by Shailendra
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So Intricate... It Is Filled With Emotions & Life Elements. ♦ 91%
9 June 2013 | by (the Entertainment Capital of India) – See all my reviews

Bicycle Thieves is a very touching Italian movie. But this one is our own native version of that. With genuine plot and out-of-the-world cinematography, Do Bigha Zamin is Indian masterpiece.

The actors are terrific, totally portraying the characters given to them. Music, direction, screenplay & the execution is all marvelous. Even today, this works because it talks about poverty, life, emotions, relationships & virtues. Fantastic. Moreover, the intricacy with which details are kept in focus should be the USP of this film. 9.1/10.

BOTTOM LINE: Get that DVD right now. A must-watch.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

Profanity: No | Sex/Nudity: No | Violence: Very Mild | Gore: No | Alcohol/Smoking: No | Drugs: Mild (Hookah)

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