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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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Trivia

This was the first Indian film to win the International Prize at the Cannes Film Festival , after Neecha Nagar (1946). See more »

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Referenced in Sacred Games: Ashwathama (2018) See more »

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ajab tori duniya ho mere raaja
Sung by Mohammad Rafi
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A Cult movie !
24 April 2004 | by wickedsmrtSee all my reviews

Made in 1953, with a socialist theme that was typical of many great bengali directors, this was a great film with superlative performances and very real feel to the film. Balraj Sahni, one of the five greatest actors of India ever, was simply stunning in this movie in terms of his natural acting and superior understanding of the life of a peasant first and then a novice rickshaw (two wheel cart pulled by a human, instead of the horse) puller fresh in the city (He naturally doesn't know that once u take a passenger to the destination, u have to hold it down so that the passenger can alight - he nervously waits for his first dime)..Ill have to come back and write more..sorry


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