Director: Phani Majumdar; Writer: Phani Majumdar; Cinematographer: Dilip Gupta, Sudhish Ghatak; Cast: K.L. Saigal, Kanan Devi, Boken Chatto, Rekha, Amar Mullick, Sailen Choudhury, Bhanu Bannerjee, Ahi Sanyal, Khagen Pathak, Sukumar Pal, Shyam Laha, Benoy Goswami, Kamala Jharia, Poornima
Duration: 02:13:28; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 180.000; Saturation: 0.029; Lightness: 0.103; Volume: 0.147; Cuts per Minute: 15.659
Summary: Majumdar’s directorial debut is a classic musical and one of Saigal’s most famous films. The story tells of two childhood friends, Bhulwa (Saigal) and Manju (Kanan Devi), who grow up to become street singers in Calcutta. Bhulwa dreams of becoming a stage star but it is Manju who succeeds. At the height of her fame Manju almost forgets Bhulwa until at the end - in an obviously symbolic landscape (literally showing a boat washed ashore in a storm) the two are united. The Hindi version, where this sequence illustrates Saigal’s all-time hit Babul mora, is the better known one.