Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

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Bimalda’s Do Bigha Zameen is considered a gem in Indian movies.The movie has a slight socialist theme as did most movies of that time. If the younger generation of Chinese, Eastern Europeans and Russians wonder why they saw so many Indian movies this socialist theme, probably is the answer.Do Bigha Zameen won the first ever Filmfare award.The movie got a special mention at the Cannes film festival.In 2005, Indiatimes Movies ranked the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.

Cast: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Rattan Kumar

The story revolves around a farmer, Shambhu (Balraj Sahni), who has been hit badly by a famine in Bengal. The real reason of his sorrow is that the Zamindar (land owner) wants to acquire his land on the pretext that Shambhu had taken some loan from him. Shambhu has to pay back the landlord and hence moves to the city to look for some other source of money.

The most famous scene from the movie is when Shambhu pushes himself to the limit pulling a rickshaw. The rider on the rickshaw offers Shambhu more money to pull faster because he is chasing (probably) his girlfriend who is in a horse pulled carriage. Shambhu can not resist the temptation, and he keeps smiling in anticipation of getting more money. However, his wealthy customer is not worried the least about the lower class’ plight. In this race, rickshaw loses a wheel and Shambhu is injured.

However, through all these hardships Shambhu does not lose his righteousness, which is the moral of the movie. Shambhu’s son steals money to help his father, only to be reproached by his father later. Shambhu’s morality is the only thing that remains his own till the end.

The movie ends with Shambhu returning to his village, only to see his land sold and a factory being constructed over it.The movie got the name from a famous poem by Rabindranath Tagore, called “Dui Bigha Jomi”.

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