“Kabuliwala” has been associated with a lot of “bests” for the past 50 years. It was one of the “best” creations of the maverick Japan Sinha. It was perhaps the “best” performance by Chhabi Biswas in a title role. It was one of the “best” offerings of Charu Chitra as a presenter. It was the “best” music weaved by Pandit Ravi Shankar for a feature film. It was one of the “best” child performances in the history of Bangla film noir by Tinku Thakur (Sharmila Tagore’s sister). And last but not the least it was one of the “best” humane stories penned down by the Superhuman Rabindranath Tagore. With so many “bests” attached to it, “Kabuliwala” remains as something more than a classic in the history of Indian Cinema. The screenplay, narration, camera & editing are all characterized with an earthiness & honesty making the film all the more appealing. The bond between an Afghan hawker & a Bengali kid was presented in a delectable fashion by Tapan Sinha. “Kabuliwala” won the national award for best film & direction & won many other awards & accolades. Besides Chhabi Biswas, Manju Dey & Jahar Ray carved in brilliant performances. Technically this was the debut film of Sharmila Tagore as she appeared as the grown up Tinku for a solitary sequence. “Kabuliwala” remains as a wonderfully crafted film tickling the emotions of audiences for time forever.