Kanhaiyalal is a poor farmer whose family, a wife and two half brothers, survives on small piece of farm land. He spends a lot of money on his Sanjeev Kumar's law education while the other brother Jitendra, works with him on fields. Kanhaiyyalal's opponents and changing times breaks his family apart. Jitendra goes to city and becomes a driver, while Sanjeev kumar separates from his modern wife and his brothers and vows to show his face only after he earns enough money to buy his brother's land back. Family values, correct education and eternal love for righteousness bring the broken family together in the end.
It's great cinema. The land around which the entire film rotates is just one song. Story is unstoppable. It keeps flowing with perfect twists and turns. Kanhaiyyalal plays 'Hori' of Godan and does it to perfection. The character is torn between fancies of his brothers and reality of his economic situation. He loves his brothers and does everything for them. That's exactly what finally saves his family. Characters are very real and dramatic. Masterji of the village is an extremely interesting reference to sanity in a village torn between old values and industrial revolution. Sanjeev kumar's wife is also quite realistic as opposed to caricatures like Bindu in 'Do raste' etc.
Everybody has done a fantastic job but undoubtedly it's a kanhaiyyalal film. He shines in front of actors like Sanjeev Kumar and Durga Khote. Music is popular and melodic. Sanjeev kumar gives another perfect performance. Jitendra is extremely good. I know at least 5 bollywood directors who think that 'Dharti Kahe Pukarke' is one of the best Indian films. 9/10.
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