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.
Did You Know?
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
Referenced in Sacred Games: Ashwathama
ajab tori duniya ho mere raaja
Sung by Mohammad Rafi See more