Bandini (1963)

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During the British Raj of the 1930s, a prison-doctor falls in love with a convict who eventually reveals the story of her past and her connection to a freedom fighter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashok Kumar ...
Bikash Ghosh
Devendra (as Dharminder)
Raja Paranjpe ...
Kalyani's Father (as Raja Paranjape)
Tarun Bose ...
Mahesh Chandra
Asit Kumar Sen ...
Shambu (as Asit Sen)
Chandrima Bhaduri ...
Badi Warden / Head Warden
Moni Chatterjee ...
Rajan Verma ...
(as Raj Varma)
Satyendra Kapoor
Lalit Rai
Abhimanyu Sharma ...
(as Abhimanyu)


Dr. Devendra is an eligible young man, employed with the local prison for women. He meets with an attractive female inmate named Kalyani, and both become friends. Devendra finds Kalyani very attractive, and would like to marry her, and refuses to know or judge her from her past. What Devendra does not know is Kalyani is a killer, who has confessed to killing the wife of a freedom-fighter, Bikas Ghosh. Written by rAjOo (

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Drama | Musical | Romance





Release Date:

1 January 1963 (India)  »

Also Known As:

A rabnő  »

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Referenced in Guddi (1971) See more »


mat ro maata laal tere
Sung by Manna Dey
Music by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Gulzar, Shailendra
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Life & Times Of A Woman In The Backdrop Of Freedom Fighting. ♦ 81%
12 June 2013 | by (the Entertainment Capital of India) – See all my reviews

Bandini is a masterpiece for its cinematography and shrewd plot. While most of us YOLO generation teens would have thought of a rather cheeky climax, Bimal Roy brings us the genuine ending based on 40s' & 50s' India.

It talks about the life of a woman which enters bedlam after she meets a freedom fighter. It talks about how she braves all those hard things life puts in front of her. As the second half starts, the plot increases in pace and the story reaches crescendo revealing shocking points. The last fifteen-minute-part is pure classic which also manages a song.

Performance given out by Nutan & Ashok Kumar is exceptional. Supporting cast and the characters involved are truly magnetic. They will stay with you years.

BOTTOM LINE: A classic not to be missed. 8.1/10.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

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