Bandini (1963 - Hindi)
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Sonam Kapoor says that "Bandini" and "Guide" are among her favourite female-oriented films and she now hopes that her own "Neerja" also joins this list. Present at the FLO Film Festival, Sonam was asked in a media interaction about her three favourite female-oriented films to which she replied: "Bandini', 'Guide' and hopefully 'Neerja'.
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Kalyani is in a prison in pre-Independence India for committing a murder, and we learn the circumstances of her crime in flashback as she divulges it to the jailor. The film is set in Bengal in the 1930s, during the British Raj, where Kalyani (Nutan) is the daughter of the postmaster (Raja Paranjpe) of the village, who falls in love with a freedom fighter, Bikash (Ashok Kumar), who later leaves her in the village promising to come back but never does. The society treats them harshly. Broken by her father's misery and that of her own, Kalyani moves to the city, to the singing of ...
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Bandini (translation: Imprisoned) is a 1963 Hindi film directed and produced by Bimal Roy, the man who directed such classic as Do Bigha Zameen and Devdas. Bandini stars Nutan giving one of her career's finest performances, along with Ashok Kumar and Dharmendra as leads, and explores the human conflicts of love and hate intertwined in the mind of Kalyani (Nutan). The movie tells the story of Kalyani, the all suffering, selfless, sacrificing, and strong yet weak Indian woman.» Read full review
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The story is based on a book by Jarasandha, a former jail superintendent who wrote fictional versions of his experiences in, Louha-Kapat (1953), Tamasha (1958), Nyaydanda (1961).
The film also mark the debut of Gulzar, who was working as an assistant director on the film as a film lyricist, initially having refused Bimal Roy on the offering saying that he didn't want to become a lyricist, Gulzar relented only after film's music director S.D. Burman convinced him so, and he wrote the song, 'Mora Gora Ang Lai Le' in five days.
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