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Neel Akasher Neechey (1959)

A poor Chinese hawker,Wang Lu sells his merchandise, China silk in the streets of Calcutta.


Mrinal Sen


Gauri Prasanna Mazumder (lyrics), Mrinal Sen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Kali Bannerjee Kali Bannerjee ... Wang Lu (as Kali Bandopadhyay)
Manju Dey Manju Dey ... Basanti
Smriti Biswas Smriti Biswas
Bikash Roy Bikash Roy ... Basanti's Husband
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Quo Lin An Quo Lin An
Ajit Banerjee Ajit Banerjee ... (as Ajit Bandopadhyay)
Robin Banerjee Robin Banerjee ... (as Rabin Bandopadhyay)
Sudhir Basu Sudhir Basu
Rasuraj Chakraborthy Rasuraj Chakraborthy ... (as Rasaraj Chakraborty)
Ajit Chatterjee Ajit Chatterjee ... (as Ajit Chattopadhyay)
Priya Chatterjee Priya Chatterjee ... (as Priya Chattopadhyay)
Chandi Chattopadhyay Chandi Chattopadhyay
Liu Chan Chin Liu Chan Chin
Bhaskar Deb Bhaskar Deb
Lee Chiu Fong Lee Chiu Fong


Set in 1930s, the film tells the story of an honest Chinese hawker, Wang Lu,who sells silk in Calcutta's streets while refusing to get involved in the opium trade run by his fellow countrymen. He feels a sisterly affection towards Basanti engaged in a political group, the wife of a lawyer. Basanti is arrested and imprisoned causing Wang Lu to get involved with her political group. He later returns to China to join the resistance movement against the Japanese invasion of China in 1931. Written by Swarup Basak

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20 February 1959 (India) See more »

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Under the Blue Sky See more »

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Hemanta Bela Productions See more »
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The movie was the first movie to be banned by the Government of India or the CBFC. See more »

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Mrinal Sen & the bourgeosis commentary
14 April 2012 | by Roshni AliSee all my reviews

This films falls into the first phase of Mrinal Sen's work that is from 1955-54. His films show cased the humanist emotion in him. During his early years he was influenced by Hollywood cinema , which can be evidently seen.

This film is based in India during the 1930's and makes a comment on the bourgeosis attitude prevailing.The class divide and a sense of loneliness is the main theme of the film

There is the constant use of three-point lighting. Useof music and songs to bring out the melancholy feel in the film.

To interpret the tittle , Neil Akashe Niche or Under the blue sky explains than evnthough everyone is under the same sky , people differ in their outlook towards life and other classes.

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