Neecha Nagar / Lowly City

(Hindi/122mins/1946) | Dir. Chetan Anand

21-May-2017 | 11:00 AM | The Stein Auditorium

Synopsis: Neecha Nagar was a pioneering effort in the field of expressionist social realism in Indian cinema. It became the first Indian film to gain international recognition. Neecha Nagar was written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, the film is inspired from Maxim Gorky’s Lower Depths. It took an expressionist look at the gulf between the rich and poor in society. It the debut film of actress Kamini Kaushal and for Pandit Ravi Shankar as a music director.

Cast: Kamini Kaushal, Uma Anand, Rafiq Anwar, Rafi Peer, Zohra Sehgal

Production: R.S. Rajan, A. Halim (India Pictures)

Screenplay: Hayatullah Ansari and Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

Cinematography: Vidyapati Ghosh

Editing: N.R. Chauhan

Music: Ravi Shankar

Awards: Grand Prix du Festival (shared) for the Best film at the Cannes Film festival, 1946

Festivals: Cannes Film festival, 1946

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