1 user

Jhinder Bandi (1961)

A person comes to meet with Gauri Shankar Roy (Uttam Kumar) living in Kolkata. He introduces himself as a 'fauji Sardar' of Jhind, Jhind being a small kingdom in Madhya Pradesh. He says ... See full summary »


Tapan Sinha


Saradindu Bandopadhyay (novel) (as Sharadindu Bandopadhyay), Anthony Hope (play) | 1 more credit »

Best of 2018: Top 10 Indian Movies

From Stree to Padman, we celebrate the top Indian movies of 2018, as rated by IMDb users. These movies range across Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu cinema.

See the full list


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Nayak (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

En route to Delhi to receive an award, a Bengali film star reevaluates his success through his fellow passengers, dreams and past experiences.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Uttam Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Bireswar Sen
Harano Sur (1957)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A lady doctor rescue an amnesiac patient and fells in love with him.

Director: Ajoy Kar
Stars: Khitish Acharya, Shishir Batabyal, Parijat Bose
Saptapadi (1961)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Set in World War II, the reverend Krishnendu runs a military hospital in Bankura. A drunken Anglo-Indian woman soldier is brought to him for treatment and he recognized her as his former love Rina Brown.

Director: Ajoy Kar
Stars: Suchitra Sen, Uttam Kumar, Khitish Acharya
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The owner of Annapurna boarding house facing an upcoming trouble for let in a girl in the boys hostel.

Director: Nirmal Dey
Stars: Deben Bandopadhyay, Bhanu Bannerjee, Gurudas Bannerjee
Dhanyee Meye (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The pride and honour of two clubs are at stake on a coveted shield final. As the characters associated with them search for glory with football, what ensues can only be described as a laugh riot.

Director: Arabinda Mukhopadhyay
Stars: Uttam Kumar, Sabitri Chatterjee, Partho Mukerjee
Chhadmabeshi (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A professor plays a practical joke upon his brother-in-law by posing as his family driver.

Director: Agradoot
Stars: Uttam Kumar, Madhabi Mukherjee, Ajoy Banerjee
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A rib-tickling comedy about a group of spirits who, in their various idiosyncrasies, try and save their only haunt, their resting place, when some unscrupulous builders try and break it down to build a modern monstrosity.

Director: Anik Datta
Stars: Swastika Mukherjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Sabyasachi Chakraborty
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

The musical duo of Goopi and Bagha make a comeback when they are invited to play for a king.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Utpal Dutt, Rabi Ghosh
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An MBBS doctor falls in love with the granddaughter of a rich man. She helps him to persue the dream of her love to do higher studies by giving him her mothers jewellery. The fate of the ... See full summary »

Director: Agradoot
Stars: Shishir Batabyal, Anil Bhattacharya, Mihir Bhattacharya
Agantuk (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A well-off family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman's long-lost uncle. The initial suspicion with which they greet the man slowly dissolves... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Utpal Dutt, Dipankar Dey, Mamata Shankar
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Inheriting a dry patch of land, Bancharam converts it into a fabulous garden.

Director: Tapan Sinha
Stars: Manoj Mitra, Dipankar Dey, Nirmal Kumar
Charulata (1964)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee


Credited cast:
Uttam Kumar ... Raja of Jhind
Arundhati Devi ... (as Arundhati Mukhopadhyay)
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Mayur-vahan (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay)
Radhamohan Bhattacharya Radhamohan Bhattacharya
Tarun Kumar Tarun Kumar ... Prince of Jhind
Dilip Roy Dilip Roy
Sandhya Roy
Dhiren Mukherjee Dhiren Mukherjee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murari Bagchi Murari Bagchi
Sanjukta Banerjee Sanjukta Banerjee
Mihir Bhattacharya Mihir Bhattacharya
Rasuraj Chakraborthy Rasuraj Chakraborthy
Purna Chowdhury Purna Chowdhury
Rathin Ghosh Rathin Ghosh
P. McFarlen P. McFarlen


A person comes to meet with Gauri Shankar Roy (Uttam Kumar) living in Kolkata. He introduces himself as a 'fauji Sardar' of Jhind, Jhind being a small kingdom in Madhya Pradesh. He says that the to-be king of Jhind, Shankar Singh, is found missing from the kingdom right before his 'abhishek'(oath taking of a king) and this is apparently a conspiracy by his own brother Udit Singh, who wants the kingdom for himself. Earlier too there were two occasions when abhishek was arranged but both the times the king was found missing. Udit is a cruel hearted man, unfit to be a good king. Shankar Singh has his vices too but is a kind hearted person who would care for his citizens and is thus worthy to be the king. Now, coincidentally, Gauri has exactly the same appearance as Shankar Singh(also played by Uttam Kumar). This being the last hope, Sardar requests him to enact the role of the King for the abhishek until he finds the real king. Gauri agrees.The two set off for Jhind. Things aren't easy ... Written by Sourav Bagchi

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »



Official Sites:






Release Date:

8 June 1961 (India) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Another Classic from Tapan Sinha
30 September 2007 | by SparrowmaniacSee all my reviews

Jhinder Bandi is a classic remake of the memorable tale of "The Prisoner Of Zenda" by Anthony Hope. It features a heavyweight star cast including the godfather of Bengali movies, Uttam Kumar, the suave Soumitra Chatterjee, Tarun Kumar, Sandhya Roy, and others.

The story has underwent certain location changes to incorporate the Indian feel about the movie. The princely state of Zenda in Germany becomes Jhind in Rajasthan. And the capital city of Strelsau becomes the City of Joy, Kolkata. But apart from that more or less everything is kept in theme. Uttam Kumar plays the unfortunate king/vagabond who is lured into portraying as the king. Although according to the book and the original Prisoner of Zenda(1937), John Cromwell's classic depicts the king to be lazy, ruthless and harsh Tapan Sinha's version portrayals an innocent naive king who probably happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Soumitra Chatterjee plays the swashbuckling commander-in-chief. Tapan Kumar plays the evil scheming younger prince.

The acting is nonetheless superb. With such high profile actors the movie is bound to be good, and it was. This was probably the first time that Soumitra Chatterjee was in a negative role and he plays it to inch perfection. Given his good looks on screen the sword fighting sequence towards the end makes it a remarkable visual display. Uttam Kumar in comparison although given a far larger screen time appears quite mellowed down. He has his moments but surprisingly it didn't affect me that much as did Soumitra Chatterjee's part. If Uttam Kumar is the grand old man of Bong movies then Sandhya Roy, is most definitely the grand old lady. She plays the love interest of the king of Jhind and even though this is not a movie about romance there is some reel time given to show their blossoming love. It was probably due to social pressure that he had to include those unnecessary bits, thereby cutting back on some precious reel time which could have featured some more dialogs between the two princes.

The soft soothing background music by Ali Akbar Khan is melodious to the ear. The camera work is superb. There are exquisite scenes of Rajasthan be it the rugged hills or the sandy desert or the brilliant lakes. It's a tragedy that no production house has offered to bring out a DVD (or even so a color version) of this movie. A movie of such giant proportion is fast fading out with old reels getting partially damaged/destroyed. Initiatives must be taken to protect such treasures.

A true classic from a gem of a director. 8/10 !!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Top Rated and Trending Indian Movies

Check out the Indian movies with the highest ratings from IMDb users, as well as the movies that are trending in real time.

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed