Achhut Kanya (1936)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 22 mins

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A circular story, told in flashback, in which eternal repetition is only interrupted by death in the form of a relentlessly linear railway engine. The film opens at a railway crossing where a man is about to kill his wife when the narrative spins into the past via a song. The central story is of the unhappy love affair between Kasturi, the Harijan (Untouchable) daughter of the railway level-crossing guard Dukhia, and Pratap, the Brahmin son of the grocer Mohan. At first, rumor and mob violence are deployed to lethal effect in order to maintain a 'traditional', oppressive morality. Later, when the main protagonists are about to conform and marry selected partners, rumor and maliciousness again intervene to trigger renewed violence until the on-rushing train of fate stops the strife.

Cast: Ashok Kumar Ganguly, Devika Rani Chaudhuri

Crew: Franz Osten (Director), Josef Wirsching (Director of Photography), Saraswati Devi (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1936 (India)

Hindi Name: अछूत कन्या

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Black & White
Sound Mix:
Mono
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Movie Connection(s):
Featured in: Celluloid Man (English)
Referenced in: Zameer: The Awakening of a Soul (Hindi)