Kabuliwala (1957 film)

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This article is about the 1957 Bengali film. For the 1961 Bollywood film, see Kabuliwala (1961 film). For 1993 Malayalam film, see Kabooliwala.
Kabuliwala (1957) cover
Directed by Tapan Sinha
Produced by Charuchitra
Screenplay by Tapan Sinha
Story by Rabindranath Tagore
Starring Chhabi Biswas
Oindrila Tagore (Tinku)
Asha Devi
Music by Ravi Shankar
Cinematography Anil Banerjee
Edited by Subodh Ray
Release dates
  • January 4, 1957 (1957-01-04)
Running time
116 minutes
Country India
Language Bengali

Kabuliwala (Bengali: কাবুলিওয়ালা) is a 1957 Bengali film directed by Tapan Sinha and based on the eponymous story by the Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore.


Rahmat (Chhabi Biswas), a middle-aged fruit seller from Afghanistan, comes to Calcutta to hawk his merchandise and befriends a small Bengali girl called Mini (Oindrila Tagore aka Tinku Tagore) who reminds him of his own daughter back in Afghanistan. He puts up at a boarding house along with his countrymen.

One day Rehmat receives news of his daughter’s illness through a letter from his country and he decides to leave for his country. Since he is short of money he decides to sell his goods on credit for increasing his business. Later, when he goes to collect on his money, one of his customers abuses him and in the fight that ensues Rehmat warns that he will not tolerate abuse and stabs the guy when he does not stop the abuse.

In the court Rehmat's lawyer tries to obfuscate the facts but in his characteristic and simple fashion Rehmat states the truth in a matter of fact way. The judge, pleased with Rehmat's honesty, gives him 10 years' rigorous imprisonment instead of the death sentence. On the day of his release he goes to meet Mini but discovers that she has grown up into a 14-year old girl and is about to get married. Mini does not recognize Rehmat, who realizes that his own daughter must have forgotten him too. Mini's father gives Rehmat the money for travel out of Mini's wedding budget to which Mini agrees; she also sends a gift for Rehmat's daughter.



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  1. ^ "4th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ "7th Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 

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