Char Dil Char Rahen

(Hindi/160mins/1959) | Dir. Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

23-May-2017 | 06:30 PM | Gulmohar Hall

Synopsis: The film has four stories, which intersect at a chauraha (four way crossing). In one story, a dancer Pyari played by Nimmi is summoned to perform at the havelii (mansion) of a zamindar (landlord), Anwar Husain, who suffers from chronic insomnia. She sings of the give and take between the tawaif (courtesan) and her client, where each one wants to extract his/her share. The second story in the film is of Govinda (Raj Kapoor) and Chavli (Meena Kumari), an Ahir boy and a Dalit girl, whose childhood friendship blossoms into love. To prevent their inter-caste marriage, the villagers set fire to Chavlis hut so she can burn for her sins. At the end of the film, the four stories converge at the crossroads in interlinked destinies. The film is about collective effort which will destroy caste and class hierarchies, and which would ultimately construct the road to a new India.

Cast: Raj Kapoor, Ajit, Shammi Kapoor, Meena Kumari, Kumkum, Nimmi, Anwar Hussain, David Abraham, Nana Palsikar, Achala Sachdev, P. Jairaj, Rashid Khan, Kumari Naaz

Production: Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (Naya Sansar)

Screenplay: Inder Raj Anand, V.P. Sathe, Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

Cinematography: S. Ramachandra

Editing: S. Ramachandra Mohan Rathod

Sound: S. Ramachandra Mohan Rathod

Music: Anil Biswas


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