The movie basically revolves around the caste system that is prevelant in India even to this day. It also raises interesting questions regarding family ties and how deep they can be.

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Sujata
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Adhir
Shashikala ...
Rama Chowdhury
Lalita Pawar ...
Giribala (Buaji / aunt)
Tarun Bose ...
Upendranath Chowdhury
Sulochana Latkar ...
Charu Chowdhury (as Sulochana)
Asit Kumar Sen ...
Pandit Bhawani Shankar Sharma (as Asit Sen)
Ashim Kumar ...
(as Ashimkumar)
Paul Mahendra ...
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Baij Sharma
Brahm Bhardwaj ...
Masterji (as Brahm Dutt)
Moni Chatterjee ...
Father of the supposed Sujata's groom
Sabitri Devi ...
(as Sabitri)
Shivji Bhai ...
(as Sheojibhai)
Sailen Bose
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Sujata gets adopted by the Chowdhury family, which consists of dad Upendranath; mom Charu; and a daughter, Rama, and is treated just like a daughter. Sujata grows up in this caring and nuturing household and leads a very comfortable life. Both Sujata and Rama are now of marriageable age. A young man, Adhir, comes to the Chowdhury household with a view to marry. He meets Sujata and falls in love with her. When he informs his aunt of this decision, she is aghast, as she knows that Sujata is not only of a lower caste but also an untouchable, and she wants Adhir to marry Rama, or will not permit him to live with her. While at the Chowdhury household, Charu wants Sujata to leave the house immediately, as she will have nothing to do with her anymore. Will Adhir and Sujata be ever married or will they be two more victims to the caste system? Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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16 April 1979 (India)  »

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Tum Jiyo Hazaaron Saal, Saal Ke Din Ho Pachaas Hazaar
Sung by Asha Bhosle
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri
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The story of an 'úntouchable' girl
13 November 2007 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'Sujata' tells the tale of an untouchable girl (Nutan in the title role) raised by a middle class engineer and his wife alongside their daughter. The family faces several complaints from relatives and neighbors because of raising an untouchable. they even try to put Sujata up for adoption but fate would have it that Sujata remain in their house. Though she is looked after by the maid, Sujata bonds with her foster parents's daughter, Rama and is loved by her foster father. However, the foster mother keeps her distant. Things begin to get more complicated when Sujata grows up to be a beautiful young lady and falls in love with Adhir (Sunil Dutt). Her foster parents want Adhir to marry Rama.

In spite of its flaws, I very much enjoyed watching 'Sujata'. I liked that Roy managed to bring the issue of the untouchables through his story without making the message in your face (such that it might overshadow the story). In 'Sujata' he cleverly represents how society treats untouchables without making the viewer feel as though he were having a history lesson or watching a documentary and he manages to show the film as Sujata's story.

I do think he could have developed some scenes further as they looked choppy towards the end. The romance angle between Adhir and Sujata fit very nicely into the screenplay and it avoids clichés such as the younger sister falling in love with Adhir or a bloodbath ending. Though I must say the ending is quite predictable.

The songs are beautiful, some melodious and some foot-tapping.

Nutan beautifully plays her part by balancing her emotions. She doesn't cry buckets full and nor does she remain in a passive day-dreaming state. She and Sunil Dutt share a lovely chemistry. Sunil Dutt himself makes his presence felt in a woman-oriented film and Shashikala is adorable as Rama. Sulochana Latkar is alright but in some scenes she does border on caricaturing the character. ditto for Lalita Pawar.

On the whole i found the film entertaining and I'm glad that someone like Bimal Roy had told the story of an untouchable girl and brought up the issue of untouchability within the story in a sensible way. Note this film is primarily about Sujata, not about untouchables.


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