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Kabuliwala (1961)

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A poor Afghani leaves his family behind to earn a living as a dried fruit vendor in India. Profoundly homesick, he befriends a young girl who reminds him of his own daughter. Meanwhile, the locals are distrustful of all foreigners.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Balraj Sahni ...
Abdul Rehman Khan
Sonu ...
Mini
Usha Kiran ...
Rama, Mini's mother
Padma
Laxmi ...
(as Lakshmi)
Sarita Devi
Anwaribai ...
(as Anwari Bai)
Leela Agha
Baby Farida ...
Amina A. Khan
Nilambai ...
(as Neelam Bai)
Lata Sinha
Manju
Sajjan ...
Mini's father
Asit Kumar Sen ...
Bhola (as Asit Sen)
Paul Mahendra
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Widowed Abdul Rehman Khan is an Afghani Pathan who lives a simple and poor lifestyle with his widowed mom, and daughter, Amina, in Kabul. He owes money to a money-lender that he had borrowed for Amina's medical treatment, and is unable to re-pay it. He decides to secretly re-locate to Hindustan, without the knowledge of Amina, and he does so in the dark of the night. Upon arrival in Hindustan, he finds that the locals actually fear him and his kind, and blame them for kidnapping young children. A depressed Abdul is unable to get Amina out of his mind, and spends a week without doing any business. After that he sets out to sell dry fruits on the streets. It is here that he meets a young girl, Mini, who lives with her mom, Rama, and her dad, a Writer. Rama is overly cautious and will not permit Mini to see Abdul, while her dad permits her to do so. Abdul sees Amina in Mini and visits her everyday, pampering her with dry fruits. On her birthday Mini misses him and goes to look for him ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Tagore's Kabuliwala  »

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A haunting, memorable movie
9 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ditto the comments in the previous review.

The film was made in commemoration of some anniversary (the precise one escapes me), and is made unlike the usual Bollywood movies. It has a lot of sensitive moments, such before leaving his home, Khan takes a print of his daughter's palms on a piece of paper, and keeps that close to him.

The songs are very moving, and excellently composed by Salil Choudhury. Both "aye mere pyaare watan", and "aaye kahaan se, gangaa, jaaye kahaare" are wonderful pieces with deep philosophical undertones.

I find the last scene particularly touching. This is when Khan gets out the prison, and comes to see Mini one last time, before perhaps returning to his native land. Mini is all grown up, and is about to be married. She doesn't remember him. This hurts Khan tremendously, because he then suddenly realizes that his little girl whom he left back home, most likely has no memory of him. Nothing is said outright, but you can see all this portrayed by Balraj Sahni, without saying a word.


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