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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 Sen ...
Bhola
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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aei mere pyaare watan, aei mere bichhde chaman
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the story of an unusual relationship between an Afghan vendor and a little girl
22 September 2007 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Based on the legendary Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore's famous novel of the same title, 'Kabuliwala' tells the story of Khan, an Afghan who travelled all the way to India (leaving his mother and daughter behind) and a little girl Mini. Khan comes to India with the intention to earn some money in order to pay debts and to save his home in Afghanistan. He's initially homesick until, one day, he meets Mini. At first, Mini is afraid of him (because of the rumours against Afghani Pathans) but at the same time curious. Gradually, her fears wear off. Khan sees her daughter in Mini and brings her presents. The two develop a friendship. But, there is so much standing against them.

The main focus of the story is the unusual relationship between Khan and Mini. It's beautifully portrayed thanks to the writing and the performances. Balraj Sahni as Khan is outstanding. He's loud (without being over the top), energetic and at a same time brings a sweetness and sincerity to Khan's persona. Child actress Sonu is splendid. She acts her part well and is loud too but in a more real way (compared to other kiddy performances) and she doesn't try to be too cute. Sajjan, who plays Mini's father, makes his presence felt while the rest of the cast are alright.

The culture of the Pathans is also nicely portrayed in the scenes between Khan and his house-mates. While some of the songs are very good, a few could have been avoided like Mini's dream sequence (but that song was probably intended for kids).

'Kabuliwala' is a down-to-earth movie about an unusual but tender relationship between a homesick vendor and a little girl.


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