Director: Jayant Desai; Writer: Shivram Vashikar; Cinematographer: Krishna Gopal; Editor: B.C. Vyas; Cast: Vishnupant Pagnis, Leela Chitnis, Keshavrao Date, Vasanti, Ram Marathe, Bandopant Sohoni, Dixit, Kantilal, Ram Apte, Sushila
Ranjit Studio’s big-budget miracle-laden saint film on Tulsidas (16th C.) who rewrote Valmiki’s Ramayana in Hindi. To the despair of his teacher Narahari Guru (Sohoni), who hopes that Tulsidas (Pagnis) will make the classic text accessible to the people, the poet spends time with his beloved wife Ratnavali (Chitnis). The dramatic pivot of the story comes when Tulsidas discovers his life’s vocation amid howling wind and a river in spate. He becomes an ascetic and settles down in Benares where his translation threatens the brahminical clergy, until then sole proprietors of the wisdom of the Sanskrit text. Their representative, Batteshwar Shastri (Date), persecutes Tulsidas who is rescued through divine intervention. Ranjit hired both the actor Pagnis and the writer Vashikar of Prabhat’s classic Sant Tukaram (1936)
. Pagnis also scores the songs.