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Vidya (1948)

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Born in a low-caste family of chamars (cobblers), Chandu alias Chandrashekhar (Dev Anand) helps his father repair shoes and other footware for a small pittance. One day a girl from a rich ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Suraiya ...
Vidya
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Chandrashekhar (Chandu)
Madan Puri ...
Harilal (Harry)
Cuckoo
Ghulam Mohammed ...
(as Ghulam Mohammad)
Maya Banerjee
Munshi Khanjar
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Amirbai Karnataki
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Born in a low-caste family of chamars (cobblers), Chandu alias Chandrashekhar (Dev Anand) helps his father repair shoes and other footware for a small pittance. One day a girl from a rich and wealthy family, Vidya (Suraiya) stops by to get her shoe repaired. She wants Chandu to stop doing this menial job, and go to school, study and become someone important. She offers help financially, and gets Chandu to school. Both grow up and are attracted to each other. Both intent to marry, but obstacles open up in the form of Harry alias Harilal (Madan Puri), and Vidya's alcoholic dad, who will not permit his daughter to mingle with a boy from a lower caste. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Bahe Na Kabhi Nain
Music by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics Y.N. Joshi
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A social drama set in pre-independence India emphasizing the class issues.
20 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Vidya is a story of a shoe-repairer's son Chandu(Dev Anand) and the daughter of a wealthy family Vidya ( Suraiya ). They knew each other from childhood and Vidya encouraged and supported Chandu to go to school and get higher education. As they grew up they also developed an affection to each and decided to marry. But Vidya's father vehemently opposed the proposal and kind of locked up Vidya in their house. The story has many side acts which though are not critical but provided some of the elements to build the entire movie. This is one of Dev Anand's half a dozen films with Suraiya and though he looked pretty young and immature did play his part very well. Suraiya as the educated daughter of a wealthy family played with good reserve and integrity. She looked very well in simple Indian woman's dress without the weight of many ornaments which she is normally seen. An unknown actress ( to me ) named Maya Banerjee played the role of a kind of villain girl Leela and Amirbai Karnataki gave a very good performance both in acting and singing as the revered mother of Vidya. Overall the movie was good entertainment but it lacked the cohesion of a general theme and all the pieces did not fit very well together. Cuckoo gave a nice dance performance with a good song. The songs were all very melodious specially the one in the lake with Chandu and Vidya on a canoe. The gave it a grade of six out of ten.


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