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Kabuliwala (1961 film)

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Story by  Rabindranath Tagore
Country  India
Director  Hemen Gupta
Duration  
Language  Hindi
Kabuliwala (1961 film) movie poster
Release date  December 14, 1961
Screenplay  Vishram Bedekar, S. Khalil
Songs  Ae Mere Pyare Watan
Cast  Balraj Sahni (Abdul Rehman Khan), Usha Kiran (Rama), Baby Farida (Amina A Khan), Tarun Bose (Doctor), Satyendra Kapoor (Manoj Mukherjee)

Kabuliwala (Hindi: काबुलीवाला) is a 1961 Hindi film based on a story, Kabuliwala, by the Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore. It was directed by Hemen Gupta and starred Balraj Sahni, Usha Kiran, Sajjan, Sonu and Baby Farida.

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Plot

The simple story of Kabuliwala is about the affection between Abdur Rahamat Khan, an Afghani immigrant dry-fruit-seller in Calcutta and Mini (Sonu), a girl who he imagines as his child-figure in memory of his daughter, Amina (Baby Farida), left behind in Kabul.

Cast

  • Balraj Sahni as Abdul Rehman Khan
  • Sonu as Mini
  • Usha Kiran as Rama, Mini's mother
  • Padma
  • Laxmi
  • Sarita Devi
  • Anwari Bai
  • Leela Agha
  • Baby Farida
  • Asit Sen as Bhola
  • Background

    Gupta had remained private secretary to Subhas Chandra Bose, and went on to direct many films including Taksaal (1956), also starring Balraj Sahni, and his tribute Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (1966). The most successful adaptation of a Tagore story outside Bengal was Hemen Gupta’s Kabuliwala, produced by Bimal Roy, starring the veteran actor Balraj Sahni.

    This story, unlike many other Tagore-inspired films that are more strongly rooted in context and period, offers a more classical perspective on humanism, identity and difference. Tagore’s Kabuliwala was published as a short story in Sadhana, a Bangla literary magazine he edited through the 1890s and the early decades of the twentieth century.

    The story was translated from Bangla into English by the Irish woman Margaret Elizabeth Noble, more popularly known to the world as Sister Nivedita, and published in the Modern Review.

    Soundtrack

    Music – Salil Choudhury; Lyrics – Prem Dhawan, Gulzar

  • Aye mere pyaare watan – Manna Dey (Lyrics: Prem Dhawan)
  • Ganga aaye kahan se – Hemant Kumar
  • Kabuliwala – Hemant Kumar, Usha Mangeshkar
  • O ya qurbaan – Mohammed Rafi
  • References

    Kabuliwala (1961 film) Wikipedia


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