Kabuliwala (1957 film)

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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
Distributed by both
Release date
  • 4 January 1957 (1957-01-04)
Running time
116 minutes
Country India
Language Bengali

Kabuliwala (Bengali: কাবুলিওয়ালা Kābuli'ōẏālā, "Kabul wallah") 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-age fruit seller from Afghanistan, comes to Calcutta to hawk his merchandise. He befriends a small Bengali girl called Mini (Oindrila Tagore aka Tinku Tagore) who reminds him of his daughter back in Afghanistan. He stays at a boarding house with his countrymen.

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

In the court Rahmat's lawyer tries to obfuscate the facts but, in his characteristic and simple fashion, Rahmat states the truth in a matter-of-fact way. The judge, pleased with Rahmat's honesty, gives him 10 years' rigorous imprisonment instead of the death sentence.

On the day of his release he goes to meet Mini and discovers that she has grown up into a 14-year-old girl who is about to get married. Mini does not recognize Rahmat, who realizes that his daughter must have forgotten him, too. Mini's father gives Rahmat the money for travel out of the wedding budget to which Mini agrees; she also sends a gift for Rahmat's daughter.



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

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