Niravan (Nazir Hussain), the village postmaster receives an envelope with a cheque for a very large amount, with the instructions that he is to turn this cheque over to the most honest man ... See full summary »

Director:

Bimal Roy

Writers:

Shailendra (dialogue), Salil Choudhury (story) (as Salil Chowdhury)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Motilal ... Sir J.C. Roy / Jagdish Chandra Roy / Haradhan
Vasant Choudhury Vasant Choudhury ... Pro. Rajat Sen (as Vasant Chowdhury)
Sadhana ... Seema (as Sadhana Shivdasani)
Nasir Hussain ... Postmaster Nivaran (as Nazir Hussein)
Jayant Jayant ... Rai Bahadur Tandav Tarafdar
Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi ... Pandit Tarkalankarji (as Kanhaialal)
Asit Kumar Sen Asit Kumar Sen ... Bhanj Babu (as Asit Sen)
Rashid Khan Rashid Khan ... Doctor
Nishi Nishi ... Ajanta
Durga Khote ... Rani Maa / J.C. Roy's Mother
Leela Chitnis ... Seema's Mother
Mumtaz Begum Mumtaz Begum ... Mrs. Tandav Tarafdar
Praveen Paul Praveen Paul ... Doctor's Wife (as Ruby Paul)
Moni Chatterjee Moni Chatterjee ... Kaviraj / Vaidyaji
Keshto Mukherjee ... Compounder Keshto
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Storyline

Niravan (Nazir Hussain), the village postmaster receives an envelope with a cheque for a very large amount, with the instructions that he is to turn this cheque over to the most honest man in the village. Honest Niravan calls a village meeting and informs them of this outcome. They mutually agree that there are five people in the village who can be called honest, however, since the stipulation states that the amount is to be turned to only one, they decide to hold elections in the village, so that everyone can decide who the most honest man is. The outcome is hilarious as all the five prominent people bend over backwards not only to be honest and caring, but also be seen to be honest and caring. The village doctor starts treating all patients regardless of their ability to pay him; the village money-lender starts forgiving loans; the wealthy zamindar allows everyone to drink water from his property; the village priest allows the untouchables to worship in the temple. Can these people ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

5 August 1960 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Bimal Roy Productions See more »
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Seema: O sajana, barkha bahar aai, ras ki puhar lai, ankhiyon me pyar lai... O sweetheart, it is raining, a shower of nectar, love in eyes...
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mila hai kisi ka jhumka
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An excellent family movie, with all the ingredients
24 October 2005 | by abhi-9See all my reviews

Like any typical Hindi movie this one too has a hero and heroin and a love story, but that is where the similarities end and the movie stops becoming stereotypical. This movie has a real lot to offer. It is amazing. The characters have depth (not cardboard, like most commercial films). The story line is complex, there is humor, drama, mystery, and a beautiful love story all intertwined. The complexities of human behavior are explored in a truly entertaining manner, within the context of a tiny scenic village somewhere in India.

What is more there is a lovely song as well. The mystery letter keeps us on our toes till the end. People when tempted will display their true colors and it the movie reveals it (even if it is black and white). It is wholesome entertainment for family with high school kids.


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