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Three Daughters (1961)

Teen Kanya (original title)
Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Horror | 5 May 1961 (India)
Based on popular Indian stories of the great writer Rabindranath Tagore, these short films reveal definitive moments in the lives of three young girls.

Director:

Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Satyajit Ray (screenplay), Rabindranath Tagore (stories)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anil Chatterjee ... Nandal (segment "Postmaster") (as Anil Chattopadhyay)
Chandana Banerjee Chandana Banerjee ... Ratan (segment "Postmaster") (as Chandana Bandyopadhyay)
Nripati Chatterjee Nripati Chatterjee ... Bishey (segment "Postmaster") (as Nripati Chattopadhyay)
Khagen Pathak Khagen Pathak ... Khagen (segment "Postmaster")
Gopal Sen Gopal Sen ... Bilash (segment "Postmaster")
Krishnakamal Bhattacharya Krishnakamal Bhattacharya ... (segment "Postmaster")
Haridhan Nag Haridhan Nag ... (segment "Postmaster")
Narayan Ghosh Narayan Ghosh ... (segment "Postmaster")
Batakrishna Nandan Batakrishna Nandan ... (segment "Postmaster")
Haricharan Nag Haricharan Nag ... (segment "Postmaster")
Khana Roy Chowdhury Khana Roy Chowdhury ... (narrator) (segment "Postmaster")
Kali Bannerjee ... Phanibhushan Saha (segment "Monihara") (as Kali Bannerji)
Kanika Majumdar Kanika Majumdar ... Manimalika (segment "Monihara")
Kumar Roy Kumar Roy ... Madhusudan (segment "Monihara")
Govinda Chakravarti Govinda Chakravarti ... Schoolmaster and narrator (segment "Monihara") (as Gobinda Chakrabarti)
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Storyline

The first story is about Nanda, a young man who leaves Calcutta to work as a postmaster in an isolated malaria-infested village. The postmaster is looked after by a young orphan girl, Ratan. His only solace in the village is in teaching Ratan how to read and write. The second story is about a student, Amulya, who returns to his village after finishing his exams. His widowed mother is very anxious for him to marry, and has already picked out a girl. He rejects his mother's choice and, being forced to choose some girl, marries a lively tomboy who is not ready to give up her freedom. Written by Will Gilbert

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Horror

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Trivia

Collection of three short films: "Postmaster", "Monihara" and "Samapti". "Monihara" was dropped for the "Two Daughters" version. See more »

Alternate Versions

Monihara segment is missing from the international version. See more »

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Has one of the most heart-wrenching moments I have ever seen in cinema.
26 April 1999 | by bcsiegfrSee all my reviews

Two daughters by Satyajit Ray was my first introduction to Indian cinema. Satyajit Ray has produced a gem of a movie that differs from almost any other Indian films I have seen. Two daughters actually consists of two separate stories based on stories written by Rabindranath Tagore.

The Postman is the better of the two stories. Not giving away the plot, this movie had one of the most heart-wrenching scenes in cinema. The simple, but powerful way Ray pulls his quiet films together at their end makes these quiet films very memorable. Sampati drags out somewhat longer, but has a powerful climax of its own. After years, these two movies have stuck in my memory. I would recommend them to anyone.


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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

5 May 1961 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$81,200
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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