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Kabuliwala (1957)

Rahmat a middle-aged fruit seller from Afghanistan, comes to Calcutta to hawk his merchandise and befriends a small Bengali girl called Mini.

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Credited cast:
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Rehmat
Oindrila Tagore ...
Mini (as Tinku Thakur)
Radhamohan Bhattacharya ...
Girl's Father (as Radha Mohan Bhattacharya)
Manju Dey ...
Girl's Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kali Bannerjee
Nutu Basu
Jayashree Biswas
Jiben Bose ...
Jailor (as Jiben Basu)
Parijat Bose ...
(as Parijat Basu)
Piyush Bose ...
(as Pijush Basu)
Lalu Burman
Rasuraj Chakraborthy ...
(as Rasaraj Chakraborty)
Nripati Chatterjee
Shrabani Chowdhury
Dhiraj Das
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Rahmat (Chhabi Biswas),a middle-aged fruit seller from Afghanistan, comes to Calcutta to hawk his merchandise and befriends a small Bengali girl called Mini (Oindrila Tagore aka Tinku Tagore) who reminds him of his own daughter back in Afghanistan. He puts up at a boarding house along with his countrymen. One day Rehmat receives news of his daughter's illness through a letter from his country and he decides to leave for his country. Since he is short of money he decides to sell his goods on credit for increasing his business. Later, when he goes to collect on his money, one of his customers abuses him and in the fight that ensues Rehmat warns that he will not tolerate abuse and stabs the guy when he does not stop the abuse. In the court Rehmat's lawyer tries to obfuscate the facts but in his characteristic and simple fashion Rehmat states the truth in a matter of fact way. The judge, pleased with Rehmat's honesty, gives him 10 years rigorous imprisonment instead of the death sentence.... Written by Swarup Basak

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a tale of bonding...
6 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Not too many films of yesteryears have survived the ravages of time. Thus, it was heartening to see that the print quality of this 54 year old Bengali film , an award winner @ Berlin Film Festival in 1962 in a good condition.

Watching the film one felt how the natural school of acting thrived in those days in the films of filmmakers like Tapan Sinha. It is a delight to watch actors like Chabi Biswas, Radhamohan Bhattacharyya, Manju Dey, Jahar Roy and others bring their respective roles alive with such finesse.

Around late 50s-early 60s Bengali filmmakers like Mrinal Sen and Tapan Sinha made a foreigner in Kolkata as the protagonist of their films. Kali Bannerjee played a Chinese hawker in Sen's NEEL AKASER NEECHEY & Sinha's KABULIWALLAH showcased Chabi Biswas as an Afghani Pathan. Both the films play around with suspicions arising in the minds of people when a bonding develops between the foreigner with a local (the wife in NEEL AKASER NEECHEY & the little girl in KABULIWALLAH). Did the two writers, Mahadevi Verma (Neel Akaser Neechey) & Tagore (Kabuliwallah) ever found any similarities in their works? In both the films the ending finds the protagonist returning to his home country.

The child actor is superlative. Jeben Bose & Nripati Chaterjee act in supporting roles. The director uses a couple of Rabindrasangeet in the film. KHORO BAYU BOY BEGE is one of them. The music of the film was scored by sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. Rating: 3.8 out of 5


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