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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

Originally the film showed Nirupa Roy, the mother, dying in the climax and her husband (Balraj Sahni) gaining his piece of land despite the tragedy in his life. But when Bimal Roy's wife saw the film, she found the climax too regressive and inhumane and asked her husband to change the end. Bimal Roy re-shot the end and this time, Nirupa Roy survived but Balraj Sahni lost his piece of land. See more »

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ajab tori duniya ho mere raaja
Sung by Mohammad Rafi
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Shows poverty in post Independent India
7 August 2005 | by chumber20See all my reviews

This movie is a must see. It shows poverty with a humanistic approach in 1953 India. I went to Calcutta in 1999 and people still ride on human rickshaws (a person runs barefoot on streets while pulling the rickshaws for few cents). It is a very sad. It is heart breaking. In this movie get to see a common man problems and how he or she deals with it. It shows how corrupted the rich are and using the poor for their own means. This is how a 1/3 of India lives in today hi tech India. This is how people are suffering with all the economic boom India has. This is how people live in today's Independent and Free India. This movie is a must see.


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