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Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

| Drama | 1953 (India)
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 ... 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.
Tiwari Tiwari ... Paro's molester
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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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Drama

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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

Production Co:

Bimal Roy Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First film to win the Filmfare Award for Best Picture. See more »

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Featured in And the Show Goes on: Indian Chapter (1996) See more »

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hariyaala saawan dhol bajaata aaya
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey
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India's answer to De Sica's The Bicycle Thief
27 December 2011 | by sourav894See all my reviews

Post world war II, cinema was deeply influenced by the Italian realist wave. Rosselini and Visconti's hard hitting social commentary and De Sica's day-to-day struggle changed film-making like never before (or since). This wave gave birth to directors like Kurosawa, Fellini and Ray. One of the Indian masterpieces of those days was Bimal Roy's Do Bigha Zamin, which can arguably be termed as the Indian answer to De Sica's The Bicycle Thief.

This film has it's heart in the right place. The indivisible nature of the family, all of whose members work towards the fulfillment of a single objective, which is the fabric of Indian society, is the beauty of the film. All of the members- Shambhu, his wife, his father and son, intend to alleviate his situation and try to contribute in every way possible. The film ends in a sad satirical note, which is the principle characteristic of neo-realistic cinema.

Story apart, the most beautiful aspect of the film is the spirit with which on upholding of one's dignity and self esteem in the most perturbing situations. Though, the protagonist, Shambhu could have executed his task easily many ways, he opts for the most ethical choice of all- hard work. It is quite evident that Do Bhiga Zamin has been influenced by (and has influenced) cinema spanning different geographical, linguistic, and social backgrounds, but it still has a firm foot in its culture.


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