Kabuliwala (1961 film)
|Directed by||Hemen Gupta|
|Produced by||Bimal Roy
Leela Desai (assoc.)
|Written by||Vishram Bedekar
by Rabindranath Tagore
|Music by||Salil Choudhury|
|Edited by||Madhu Prabhavalkar|
|December 14, 1961|
Kabuliwala (Hindi: काबुलीवाला) is a 1961 Hindi film based on the story Kabuliwala, by the Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore. It was directed by Hemen Gupta and starred Balraj Sahni, Usha Kiran, Sajjan, Sonu and Baby Farida.
The simple story of Kabuliwala is about the affection between Abdur Rahamat Khan, an Afghani immigrant dry-fruit-seller in Calcutta and Mini (Sonu), a girl who he imagines as his child-figure in memory of his daughter, Amina (Baby Farida), left behind in Kabul.
- Balraj Sahni as Abdul Rehman Khan
- Sonu as Mini
- Usha Kiran as Rama, Mini's mother
- Sarita Devi
- Anwari Bai
- Leela Agha
- Baby Farida
- Asit Sen as Bhola
Gupta had remained private secretary to Subhas Chandra Bose, and went on to direct many films including Taksaal (1956), also starring Balraj Sahni, and his tribute Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (1966). The most successful adaptation of a Tagore story outside Bengal was Hemen Gupta’s Kabuliwala, produced by Bimal Roy, starring the veteran actor Balraj Sahni.
This story, unlike many other Tagore-inspired films that are more strongly rooted in context and period, offers a more classical perspective on humanism, identity and difference. Tagore’s Kabuliwala was published as a short story in Sadhana, a Bangla literary magazine he edited through the 1890s and the early decades of the twentieth century.
- "Aye Mere Pyaare Watan" – Manna Dey (Lyrics: Prem Dhawan)
- "Ganga Aaye Kahan Se" – Hemant Kumar
- "Kabuliwala" – Hemant Kumar, Usha Mangeshkar
- "O Ya Qurbaan" – Mohammed Rafi