Set against the backdrop of war and famine, this tragic drama traces the twists and turns in the life of a middle-aged hawker, who marries a beautiful, young teenager. This touching tale follows his family as they try to remain together and survive through poverty and starvation. How will the family's future unfold?
Set in a Bengal village just before and during the catastrophic famine of 1943 when some 5 million people died of starvation. A middle-aged hawker (G. Mukherjee) marries a beautiful 16-year-old girl (M. Mukherjee) who initially brightens his life.
Then, WW2 presses upon them and the famine hits Bengal as the couple’s marriage and the entire fabric of life disintegrates. The mother dies when the roof falls on her head in a violent storm; the marriage breaks up when Priyanath greedily eats up the little rice he can find in the midst of the famine, without leaving any for his wife.
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