Jamaibabu (1931)

 ●  Silent ● 33 mins

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The only surviving silent Bengali film was accidentally discovered by Mrinal Sen's film unit while shooting on location in 1980. The comedy has a country bumpkin hero Gobardhan (Das) vsiting his parents-in-law in Calcutta. Mistaking a 'No Nuisance' sign for an address, he gets lost trying to find his friend Amal's (Baruah) room. His subsequent adventures take him to famous locations including Howrah Bridge, the Victoria Memorial and the Maidan. These scenes are intercut with fast-paced shots of life in the city and of crowds, evidently gathered to watch the shooting. Gobardhan eventually finds his in-laws, feigns illness to prolong his stay, is beaten up when he tries to sneak into his wife's (Radharani) room and gets mistaken for a thief. The sequence of Gobardhan kissing his wife, somewhat abruptly introduced, probably evokes a tradition of pre-censorship pornographic film using Anglo-Indian actresses. As director and lead actor, Das mostly restricts his gags to stumbling in various ways. The erratic cinematography and editing betrays a general lack of technical control. The surviving print at NFAI is 2110 ft.
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Cast: Kalipada Das, Radha Rani

Crew: Kalipada Das (Director), DR Barodkar (Director of Photography)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1931 (India)

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as Gobardhan
as Gobardhan's Wife
as Doctor
as Amal
as Chaya
as Upen Babu




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Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Black & White
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1