Neel Akasher Neechey

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Neel Akasher Neechey
Neel Akasher Neechey.jpg
Directed byMrinal Sen
Produced byHemanta Bela Production
Written byBased on short story "Chini Feriwala" written by Mahadevi Varma[1]
StarringKali Banerjee, Manju Dey, Bikash Roy, Smriti Biswas, Suruchi Sengupta, Ajit Chatterjee and Rasaraj Chatterjee
Music byHemanta Mukhopadhyay
CinematographySailaja Chatterjee
Release date
  • 1958 (1958)
Running time
133 minutes

Neel Akasher Neechey (Bengali: নীল আকাশের নীচে Nil akasher niche, "Under the Blue Sky") is a 1958 Bengali language film directed by Mrinal Sen and produced by Hemanta Mukherjee, starring Kali Bannerjee, Manju Dey, Bikash Roy and others.

Set in the background of the last days of the British Raj in Calcutta, the film explores the lives of a number of characters, including the platonic relationship between an immigrant Chinese wage worker, Wang Lu, and the main female character called Basanti. The film had overt political overtones and was the first film to be banned by the Government of India.[2] The ban was effective for two months.[3]


Set in 1930s, the film tells the story of an honest Chinese hawker, Wang Lu,who sells silk in Calcutta's streets while refusing to get involved in the opium trade run by his fellow countrymen. He feels a sisterly affection towards Basanti engaged in a political group, the wife of a lawyer. Basanti is arrested and imprisoned causing Wang Lu to get involved with her political group. He later returns to China to join the resistance movement against the Japanese invasion of China in 1931.



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  2. ^ "Know about the first movie banned in the independent India!". India TV.
  3. ^ "Clamping down on creativity". The Hindu.

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[Category:Censored films]]