Saptapadi (1961 film)

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DVD cover
Directed by Ajoy Kar
Produced by Uttam Kumar
Written by Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay
Starring Suchitra Sen
Uttam Kumar
Chhabi Biswas
Chaya Debi
Music by Hemanta Mukherjee
Cinematography Ajoy Kar
Distributed by Alochhaya Productions Pvt Ltd
Release dates
  • 20 October 1961 (1961-10-20)
Running time 163 minutes
Country India
Language Bengali

Saptapadi (Translation: The seven steps) is a 1961 Indian Bengali romantic drama film by Ajoy Kar, starring Suchitra Sen, Uttam Kumar, Chhabi Biswas and Chaya Debi. Regarded as the romantic blockbuster of the evergreen romantic pair of Bengali cinema, Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen, accompanied with mesmerizing music direction and playback singing in Uttam's voice by Hemanta Mukherjee and in Suchitra's voice by Sandhya Mukherjee. The story is based on a novel of 1958 written by Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay.


Its a love story with a twist set in Bengal in pre independent India (early 1940); the time when young Indian students were competing equally with British 'goras' in all fields whether it be education or sports. This was the time when barefooted Bengali football team defeated the booted British team to win the national football shield; this was the time when the ambitious and educated Calcutta students were matching their prowess in different fields of education with the British - be it law or medicine. It is in this time of rising nationalistic sentiments (1942 was when Gandhiji started the non violent Quit India movement) that Krishnendu (Uttam Kumar), a bright, young, athletic and Bengali Hindu youth falls in love with an equally talented and attractive but Christian Rina Brown (Suchitra Sen). Both of them were students at the Calcutta Medical College and they come close during their interaction in multitude of sports and cultural events (there is an interesting rendition of Othello within the movie; that portion of the movie was directed by Utpal Dutt). However their marriage is not on the cards due to the differences in religion (particularly opposed by Krishnendu's dad, a staunch, conservative Hindu) and they move each other ways only to clash unexpectedly again, later in life. Most of the movie is shown in flashback mode; Krishnendu pondering over the past upon his sudden and unexpected interaction with a drunk and passed out Rina in a military hospital in rural Bengal.

Cast (in alphabetical order)[edit]


Moscow International Film Festival
National Film Awards


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