Sunday, June 21, 2020

Do Bigha Zamin - Movie

1953. Bimal Roy's classic movie based on Tagore' poem. It's deservedly in the 100 all-time great Indian movies list. Inspired by 'Bicycle Thieves' it is the tale of a farmer who refuses to sell his two bighas of land to the local landlord who plans to build a factory there. The landlord seeks immediate repayment of his loan from the farmer who realises he has limited time to raise the money. He goes to the city, Calcutta, with his son to earn money and return to free his land. The hard life of the city, the simple ways of the farmer and his race to raise money put him and his family through a lot of hardship. Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, young Jagdeep star. Another classic off the list.

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