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Teen Kanya (1961)

Passed | | Comedy , Drama | 5 May 1961 (India)
Based on popular Indian stories of great writer Rabindra Nath 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 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 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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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

5 May 1961 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Daughters See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$81,200
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Satyajit Ray Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Referenced in The Darjeeling Limited (2007) See more »

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How to make a movie from a simple story !
14 May 1999 | by Ven-3See all my reviews

I have been a fan of Ray for a long time and I have seen most of his famous films. This film was not available for some time because the quality of the film was deteriorating so badly that they had to restore the entire film. Originally made with three entirely unrelated short stories by Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore, the restored version has only two stories of the original three. In both the stories Postmaster and Samapti you will find the inimitable Ray touch. You can see the same neo realistic portrayal of simple lives and events of ordinary people. Postmaster evokes a feeling of pity for the young girl, but at the same time it seems to reflect the strength and courage of ordinary people going about their lives. The second story "samapti", though not as tight as the first (it winds around a bit before it reaches a climactic finish) again pours life into a simple story about a young girl who is reluctant to let go of her childhood and who is pushed into the world of adulthood. Aparna Sen ( Ray finds such beautiful women to play in his movies) plays this part brilliantly. The picturisque Bengal country side comes to life in this colourful black and white film. A must see for anyone who likes films.


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