Kalpana (1948 film)
|Directed by||Uday Shankar|
|Produced by||Uday Shankar|
|Written by||Uday Shankar|
|Music by||Vishnudas Shirali|
|Edited by||N. K. Gopal |
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Kalpana (English title: Imagination) is a 1948 Hindi film featuring a dance-drama, written and directed by noted dancer, Uday Shankar. It is his only film. The story revolves around a young dancer's dream of setting up a dance academy, a reflection of Shankar's own academy, which he founded at Almora. It starred Uday Shankar and his wife Amala Shankar as leads and 16-year-old actress Padmini, making her screen debut. It also marks Usha Kiran's debut film too.
It was shown at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI-Goa) (2008), as a part of the section "Treasures from NFAI" (National Film Archive of India), with other "rare gems" from the archives.
- Lakshmi Kanta as Kamini
- Usha Kiran
- Amala Shankar as Uma
- Uday Shankar as Udayan & Writer
- Padmini as dancer
- Lalitha as dancer
- Dr. G. V. Subba Rao as Drawing Master
- A. K. Chopra
- Brijo Behari Banerji as Uma’s Father
Kalpana was shot at Gemini Studios over five years and inspired the 1948 Tamil film, Chandralekha by S. S. Vasan, which was shot at the same studio and featured the song with dancers over a large drum sequence; it was a major success, unlike Kalpana, which did not do well at the box office.
In 2009, the film process of digital restoration was taken up by NFAI in collaboration with France-based Thomson Foundation. In 2010, it was being restored by the World Cinema Foundation (director Martin Scorsese is a founding member).
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