Sujata (1959 film)

Sujata is a 1959 Hindi language Bimal Roy film. It stars Sunil Dutt and Nutan, supported by Sulochana, Lalita Pawar and Shashikala. Based on a Bengali short story of the same name by writer Subodh Ghosh,[1] the film explored the situation of caste in India. The music is by S. D. Burman and the lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri. It was entered into the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

Sujata
Directed byBimal Roy
Produced byBimal Roy
Written byNabendu Ghosh (screenplay), Subodh Ghosh (story), Paul Mahendra (dialogue)
StarringNutan
Sunil Dutt
Lalita Pawar
Shashikala
Sulochana Latkar
Music byS. D. Burman
CinematographyKamal Bose
Edited byAmit Bose
Release date
  • 20 March 1959 (1959-03-20) (Cannes)
Running time
161 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

Plot

Sujata is a romance between a Brahmin young man, Adheer (Sunil Dutt) and an untouchable woman, Sujata (Nutan). The movie has Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's fight against untouchability and the myth of Chandalika in Hinduism as its subtexts on the basis of which it tries to criticize the practice of untouchability in India.

Brahmin couple Upen and Charu bring up the orphaned Sujata. Although Upen is fond of the adopted child, his wife Charu and mother can never fully embrace Sujata because she is an untouchable. They never fail to remind Sujata that she doesn't belong amongst Brahmins. One day, Upen's wife falls down the stairs and is rushed to the hospital. The doctors tell the family that in order to save Charu, they need the blood of a rare group. Only Sujata's blood matches and she willingly donates blood. When Upen's wife knows that her life was saved by Sujata, she realizes her mistakes and accepts her as her daughter. Sujata and Adheer are finally married.

Cast

  • Nutan ... Sujata
  • Sunil Dutt ... Adhir
  • Shashikala ... Rama Chowdhury
  • Lalita Pawar ... Giribala (Buaji / aunt)
  • Tarun Bose ... Upendranath Chowdhury
  • Sulochana Latkar ... Charu Chowdhury
  • Asit Sen ... Pandit Bhawani Shankar Sharma
  • Ashim Kumar
  • Paul Mahendra ... Actor in theatrical production
  • Baij Sharma
  • Brahm Bhardwaj ... Masterji (as Brahm Dutt)
  • Moni Chatterjee ... Father of the supposed Sujata's groom
  • Sabitri Devi
  • Shivji Bhai
  • Sailen Bose
  • Madhup Sharma ... Drunk bet (as Madhup)
  • Sanghvi
  • Master Sohni
  • Baby Farida ... Young sujata
  • Baby Shobha ... Young rama
  • Salil Bhatt .... Stammering Man seeking Sujata's Hand

Awards

Soundtrack

SongSinger(s)
"Jalte Hain Jiske Liye Teri Aankhon Ke Diye" Talat Mehmood
"Kaali Ghata Chhaye Mora Jiya Tarsaaye" Asha Bhosle
"Bachpan Ke Din Bhi Kya Din The" Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhosle
"Tum Jiyo Hazaaron Saal, Saal Ke Din Ho Pachaas Hazaar" Asha Bhosle
"Suno Mere Bandhu Re, Suno Mere Mitwa" S. D. Burman
"Nanhi Kali Sone Chali Hawa Dheere Aana" Geeta Dutt
"Andhe Ne Bhi Sapne Dekha Kya Hai Zamaana... Waah Bhai Waah" Mohammed Rafi

References

  1. Gulzar; Govind Nihalani; Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema. Popular Prakashan. p. 337. ISBN 81-7991-066-0.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: Sujata". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
  3. Awards IMDb.
  4. "7th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
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