Ajantrik (1958)

 ●  Bengali ● 1 hr 44 mins

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Powerful and poignant, this multi-layered drama depicts the trials and travails in the life of an impoverished, small-town taxi driver, highlighting his close bond with his beaten up and battered taxi
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Did you know? This film is adapted from a Bengali short story of the same name written by Subodh Ghosh. Read More
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Actress
as Bimal
as Groom
as Uncle
as Mechanic
as Young woman
as Lunatic
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Bengali
Colour Info:
Black & White
Sound Mix:
Mono
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Trivia:
This film is adapted from a Bengali short story of the same name written by Subodh Ghosh.

A comedy-drama film with science fiction themes, this is one of the earliest Indian films to portray an inanimate object, in this case an automobile, as a character in the story. It achieves this through the use of sounds, recorded during post-production, to emphasize the car's bodily functions and movements.

The protagonist of this movie, Bimal can be seen as an influence on the cynical cab driver Narasingh (played by Soumitra Chatterjee) in Satyajit Ray's Abhijan (1962), which in turn served as a prototype for the character of Travis Bickle (played by Robert De Niro) in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976).

This film was considered for a special entry in the Venice Film Festival in 1959.