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Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

| Drama | 1953 (India)
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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Shambu Maheto
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Parvati (Paro) Maheto
Rattan Kumar ...
Kanhaiya Maheto
Murad ...
Thakur Harnam Singh
Rajyalakshmi ...
Nayabji (as Rajlakshmi)
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Dhangu Maheto (Shambu's dad)
Noorjahan
Nasir Hussain ...
Rickshaw puller (as Nazir Hussain)
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(as Rekha)
Misra
Chitra
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Laloo Ustad, shoeshine boy
Sarita Devi
Dilip Kumar Jr.
Ramayan Tiwari ...
Paro's molester (as Tiwari)
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Storyline

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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Dva jutra zemlje  »

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When the shoeshine boys discuss seeing Nargis in Awaara (1951), one of them alludes to a shirt worn by a bystander. The shirt is decorated with a recurring pattern showing the famous scene from Awaara (1951) in which Raj Kapoor comes upon Nargis as she is changing clothes, partially hidden by a screen, after swimming. That scene occupies a place in Hindi cinema comparable to that of Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster on the beach in From Here to Eternity (1953). See more »

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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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