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Boot Polish (1954)

Preteen brother and sister, abandoned by their father to care of an abusive prostitute aunt, survive life in an Indian squatters' camp, aided by a friendly cripple, by learning to shine shoes instead of begging.

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Prakash Arora

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Bhanu Pratap (dialogue), Bhanu Pratap (photoplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kumari Naaz ... Belu (as Baby Naaz)
Rattan Kumar Rattan Kumar ... Bhola
David Abraham ... John (as David)
Chand Burke Chand Burke ... Kamla Devi (as Chand Burque)
Veera Veera
Bhupendra Kapoor Bhupendra Kapoor
Shailendra Shailendra
Mohanbali Mohanbali
Nissar Nissar ... (as Master Nisar)
Bhudo Advani Bhudo Advani ... Pedro (as Budho Advani)
Prabhu Arora Prabhu Arora
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Storyline

Toddlers Belu and Bhola share an uncertain future when their mom dies in the plague, and their dad is imprisoned. They are then left in the uncaring care of Kamla, their aunt, who moonlights as a prostitute. She is cruel,abusive and forces them to take to a life of begging on the local trains, on beaches and crowded areas in Bombay. This is how the toddlers grow up, they want to lead a respectable life, and with the help of bootlegger John, they get a shoe-shine kit and start shining shoes on busy sidewalks and railway platforms. Their circumstances face more uncertainty when Kamla finds out about their new-found profession, beats them up and throws them out of the house. They temporarily seek shelter with John, but when he is arrested, they have to fend for themselves. Things become bad to worse when Bombay enters the monsoon season, when people do not get their shoes shined; then the duo are separated - with Belu ending up with a rich family, and when she asks about Bhola, she is ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

20 August 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mendigar o morir See more »

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Production Co:

R.K. Films Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remade as Morad and Laleh (1965) See more »

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Nanhe Munne Bachche
Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi & Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal
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A masterpiece in Indian cinema
6 October 2011 | by santoshini908See all my reviews

Boot polish is a masterpiece in Indian cinema.The movie is well scripted with powerful performances by baby Naaz and Ratan Kumar.Baby Naaz steals your heart through her fantastic performance and also through her dialogue delivery. Boot polish is a masterpiece because the theme of the movie is relevant even today.The writing is exceptional which makes this movie a masterpiece.Even the songs are exceptionally wonderful.boot polish will remain as a masterpiece in Indian cinema for the unique performance of baby Naaz.The dialogues are heart touching.David Abraham gives a memorable performance as uncle john.Shankar Jaikishan music is excellent with fantastic songs.A masterpiece that requires high Honour forever in the Indian cinema.A masterpiece with an fine social melodrama.A must see for every Indian.


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