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Bandini (1963)

During the British Raj of the 1930s, a prison-doctor falls in love with a convict who eventually reveals the story of her past and her connection to a freedom fighter.

Director:

Bimal Roy

Writers:

Jarasandha (story), Nabendu Ghosh (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashok Kumar ... Bikash Ghosh
Nutan ... Kalyani
Dharmendra ... Devendra (as Dharminder)
Raja Paranjpe ... Kalyani's Father (as Raja Paranjape)
Tarun Bose ... Mahesh Chandra
Asit Kumar Sen ... Shambu (as Asit Sen)
Chandrima Bhaduri Chandrima Bhaduri ... Badi Warden / Head Warden
Moni Chatterjee Moni Chatterjee ... Inspector
Rajan Verma Rajan Verma ... (as Raj Varma)
Satyendra Kapoor
Bhola Bhola
Benjamin Benjamin
Lalit Rai Lalit Rai
Abhimanyu Sharma Abhimanyu Sharma ... (as Abhimanyu)
Sharma Sharma
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Storyline

Dr. Devendra is an eligible young man, employed with the local prison for women. He meets with an attractive female inmate named Kalyani, and both become friends. Devendra finds Kalyani very attractive, and would like to marry her, and refuses to know or judge her from her past. What Devendra does not know is Kalyani is a killer, who has confessed to killing the wife of a freedom-fighter, Bikas Ghosh. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

1 January 1963 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A rabnő See more »

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Production Co:

Bimal Roy Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

film is based on the Bengali novel Tamasi by Jarasandha (Charu Chandra Chakrabarti), a former jail superintendent who spent much of his career as a jailer in Northern Bengal, and wrote many fictional versions of his experiences. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Guddi (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

O manjhi mere saajan hain us paar
Sung by Sachin Dev Burman
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Life & Times Of A Woman In The Backdrop Of Freedom Fighting. ♦ 81%
12 June 2013 | by nairtejasSee all my reviews

Bandini is a masterpiece for its cinematography and shrewd plot. While most of us YOLO generation teens would have thought of a rather cheeky climax, Bimal Roy brings us the genuine ending based on 40s' & 50s' India.

It talks about the life of a woman which enters bedlam after she meets a freedom fighter. It talks about how she braves all those hard things life puts in front of her. As the second half starts, the plot increases in pace and the story reaches crescendo revealing shocking points. The last fifteen-minute-part is pure classic which also manages a song.

Performance given out by Nutan & Ashok Kumar is exceptional. Supporting cast and the characters involved are truly magnetic. They will stay with you years.

BOTTOM LINE: A classic not to be missed. 8.1/10.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES


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