Neecha Nagar (1946)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 2 mins

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This insightful socially relevant drama provides a stark picture about the clear cut class delineation in society. Class division is signified by a rich landowner (Rafi Peer) who lives on a mountain while the poor starve in the ‘Neecha Nagar’, a village in the valley below. The landowner’s sewage flows around the poor people’s huts, spreading disease. Eventually the rich man dies in a long- drawn-out heart attack.

Cast: Rafiq Anwar, Uma Anand

Crew: Chetan Anand (Director), Bidyapati Ghosh (Director of Photography), Ravi Shankar (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Release Dates: 01 Sep 1946 (India)

Hindi Name: नीचा नगर

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Did you know? One of the pivotal roles in the movie was played by Chetan Anand's wife, Uma Anand. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Black & White
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2.35 : 1
The movie was based on a Hindi story under the same title, written by Hayatulla Ansari, which in turn was inspired by Russian writer Maxim Gorky’s "Lower Depths". It took an expressionist look at the gulf between the rich and poor in society.

One of the pivotal roles in the movie was played by Chetan Anand's wife, Uma Anand.

It was a pioneering effort in social realism in Indian cinema and paved the way for many such 'parallel cinema' films by other directors, many of them written by Abbas.

This was the first Indian movie to receive critical acclaim internationally and won the Grand Prix award at the first Cannes Film Festival in 1946.

Chetan Anand’s IPTA-supported film loosely adapted from Gorky’s classic forms a trio with Abbas’s 'Dharti Ke Lal' and Shantaram’s 'Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani' (both 1946).

Anand’s debut featured several judgemental high- and low-angled shots, sacrificing realism for quasi-expressionist emotional intensity. This film and 'Dharti Ke Lal' marked Ravi Shankar’s debut as film composer.