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Directed by Rustomji Dhotiwala
Produced by Elphinstone Bioscope Company, Calcutta; Madan Theatres Ltd
Written by Champsi Udeshi

Miss Gohur as Temptress Chintamani

Dorabji Mewawala as Bilwamangal
Release date
  • 1 November 1919 (1919-11-01)[1]
Running time
132 minutes (12000 feet)
Country India
Language Silent film
Bengali intertitles

Bilwamangal (Bengali: বিল্লমঙ্গল Billamaŋgal, pronounced [bilamaŋal]), also known as Bhagat Soordas, is a 1919 silent black-and-white film directed by Rustomji Dhotiwala, a Parsi Gujarati based on the story by Gujarati writer Champshi Udeshi. This full length (12000 feet) film was produced by the Elphinstone Bioscope Company, Calcutta with Bengali intertitles and is credited as the first Bengali feature film. It was released on 1 November 1919 at Cornwallis Theatre in Calcutta.[2][1] The National Film Archive of India acquired the footage of film from Cinematheque Francaise, France in 2016. The acquired footage is 594 metres long or run 28 minutes at 18 fps.[3][4]


It featured story of Bilwamangal, a man (Dorabji Mewawala) whose life ruined due to his relationship with courtesan Chintamani (Miss Gohur).[3]


  1. ^ a b Sur, Ansu (1999). Bengali Film Directory. West Bengal Film Centre(Calcutta). p. 01. 
  2. ^ K. Moti Gokulsing; Wimal Dissanayake (17 April 2013). Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas. Routledge. p. 88. ISBN 978-1-136-77284-9. 
  3. ^ a b "NFAI acquires Bilwamangal, a 1919 silent film". The Indian Express. 2016-08-19. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  4. ^ Staff, Scroll. "Missing silent film ‘Bilwamangal’ finally returns to India". Retrieved 2017-02-10. 

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