Director: K.A. Abbas, Vassili M. Pronin; Writer: K.A. Abbas, Mariya Smirnova; Cinematographer: E. Andrikaniz, V. Nikolaev, Ramchandra Singh; Cast: David Abraham, Iya Arepina, Vitaly Belyakov, P. Jairaj, Prithviraj Kapoor, Stepan Kayukov, Manmohan Krishna, Nargis, Varvara Obukhova, Padmini, Achala Sachdev, Balraj Sahni, Oleg Strizhenov, N. Zhivago
Duration: 01:37:37; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 119.448; Saturation: 0.020; Lightness: 0.340; Volume: 0.150; Cuts per Minute: 9.834; Words per Minute: 50.645
Summary: A Nehruite Indo-Soviet co-production made in the wake of the Khrushchov ‘thaw’ about the first Russian to set up a trading mission in India in the 15th C. The Muscovite Afanasi (Oleg) travels to India down the Volga, across Iran’s deserts and the Arabian sea. In India he meets the fair maiden Champa (Nargis) through whom he discovers Indian civilisation. The film was shot on numerous tourist locations in India. The Russian version ran for 76’ only. Pronin is known mainly for making an early Tadzhik feature in 1947 (Son of Tadzhikistan) and the first Kirghiz feature, Saltanat (1955).
Themes: sickness, marriage, love, longing, travel, karma, justice, peace, returning to the homeland, trade, sea voyage.