Director: Nitin Bose; Writer: Nitin Bose, Binoy Chatterjee, Sailajananda Mukherjee, Sudhir Sen; Cast: K.L. Saigal, Krishna Chandra Dey, Umasashi, Pankaj Mullick, Shyam Laha, Durgadas Bannerjee[B], Indu Mukherjee[B], Amar Mullick[B], Kanu Bannerjee[B], Chandrabati Devi[B], Ahi Sanyal[B], Kamlesh Kumari[H], Nemo[H], Nawab[H], Prithviraj Kapoor[H], Jagdish Sethi[H]
Summary: Inspired apparently by Dovzhenko’s cinema, Nitin Bose’s call for a technological revolution in the agrarian sector through collective farming is presented in the guise of a love story. Ashok (Saigal) goes to a village, mobilises the peasants, fights the oppression of the village headman and achieves bumper crops. Childhood friend Ajoy (Sethi) goes to England to study mining technology and is determined to make a success of a mining project in the rural area where Ashok is working. Each has radically different ideas about what is best for an independent nation. Ajoy’s sister Protibha (Kumari), who loves Ashok, secretly finances Ajoy’s rural modernisation endeavours. Ajoy, unaware of this, falls in love with Gauri (Umasashi), daughter of the social outcast Kunja (Dey). When Ajoy returns from England, he discovers that the best coalfields lie directly beneath Ashok’s land. The crisis is manifested in a drought that threatens to destroy Ashok’s work and prove Ajoy’s contentions right. Ajoy starts buying up the land but the rains arrive just in time to resurrect Ashok’s rural-socialist dreams. The music credit is shared by Pankaj Mullick, Umasashi and K.C. Dey, but Saigal dominates the film in spite of singing only two songs, Kisne yeh sab khel rachaya and A main ka karun kith jaoon.