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Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

In the hope of earning enough money to pay off his debts and save his land, a poor farmer becomes a rickshaw puller in the Calcutta and faces many difficulties.

Director:

Bimal Roy

Writers:

Salil Choudhury (story), Paul Mahendra (Hindi dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Balraj Sahni ... Shambu Maheto
Nirupa Roy ... Parvati (Paro) Maheto
Rattan Kumar Rattan Kumar ... Kanhaiya Maheto
Murad Murad ... Thakur Harnam Singh
Rajlakshmi Devi Rajlakshmi Devi ... Nayabji (as Rajlakshmi)
Nana Palsikar ... Dhangu Maheto (Shambu's dad)
Noor Noor ... (as Noorjahan)
Nasir Hussain ... Rickshaw puller (as Nazir Hussain)
Rekha Mallick ... (as Rekha)
Misra Misra
Chitra Chitra
Jagdeep ... Laloo Ustad, shoeshine boy
Sarita Devi Sarita Devi
Dilip Kumar Jr. Dilip Kumar Jr.
Ramayan Tiwari Ramayan Tiwari ... Paro's molester (as Tiwari)
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Storyline

A small Bengali landowner and his young son are in danger when their two-acre farmland where they live is in danger of being taken over by a local zamindar (feudal lord) for failure to pay for mounting debits. They move to Calcutta where the father tries making a living as a rickshaw puller while his wife joins him but falls ill which threatens everything they have going to try to save their ancestorial home. Written by Anonymous

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farmer | rickshaw | court | rain | drought | See All (50) »

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

1953 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Dva jutra zemlje See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India See more »

Company Credits

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Bimal Roy Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Along with the First Film Fare Award in 1954 this film also won the the All India Certificate of Merit at the First National Film Awards in the same year. See more »

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Referenced in Guddi (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

aaja ri aa nindiya tu aa
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Music by Salil Choudhury
Lyrics by Shailendra
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beginning of Indian Neo-realist movement
1 November 2013 | by salutesachinSee all my reviews

Do Bigha Zamin is one of the pioneering films of 1950's starting the trend of parallel cinema. Bimal Roy like his other contemporary Bengali director in golden period of Indian film industry took an important social problem an converted into a 142min of struggle,misery and poverty. Protagonist Shambu (Balraj Sahni) is forced to sell his land 2 Bigha(unit) by Zameedar who wants to build a factory by demanding debt once given on interest.court ordered Shambu to pay in 3 months for which Shambu goes to Calcutta-the cruel city.city takes test of Shambu and his son Kanhaiya(Ratan Kumar) to save each penny. Balraj as usual looked perfect in his character of Shambu Mahto but for me real surprise was child artist Ratan Kumar who outplayed every other actor. Salil Chaudhary used music very smartly to not make film dramatic and keep it as real as possible.Bimal Roy was inspired from Vittorio De Sica's bicycle thieves which is landmark film in world cinema .2 Bigha Zameen was praised by critics internationally and won first Filmfar and international prize in Cannes. Bimal Roy's magic took our Shambu to the heart of west and still maintained Indian.


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