|Directed by||Tarun Majumdar|
|Starring||Mahua Roychoudhury |
|Music by||Hemanta Mukherjee|
Shriman Prithviraj (Bengali: শ্রীমান পৃথ্বীরাজ; English:Mr.Prithviraj) is a 1972 Indian Bengali romantic comedy film starring Ayan Banerjee and Mahua Roy Choudhury, and directed by Tarun Majumdar, featuring teenage love. It has a cult following. This is essentially a comedy with Tom Sawyeresque leanings laced elegantly into the fabric of Bengal of the late 19th or early 20th century. In the subtle backdrop of the Indian freedom movement, it is the story of the transformation of a young boy's innocent but naughty childhood to an appreciation of the Swadeshi movement and the growth of adolescent love for a girl even younger than him. The comic appeal of the film is natural and free-flowing. It includes a number of beautifully rendered traditional Bengali songs and is punctuated by a series of stand-offs faced by the young boy, mostly with unfavourable results for the opposing party. At heart, it is a beautiful pre-pubescent/adolescent love story. It was a huge box-office success when it came out and is an oft-watched movie even today.
The leading cast, Ayan Banerjee and Mahua Roychoudhury as the teenage-couple are still remembered for their roles in the film. Moreover, the blend of the pre-Independence political backdrop with the simple love life of the newlywed is excellently portrayed. On one hand there is the caricature of a typical Babu, who's hell-bent on getting the ‘Raibahadur’ title from the British rulers played excellently by Utpal Dutt, and on the other hand a Swadeshi played by Biswajit Chatterjee, who is out to teach the British rulers a lesson. The main focus is on Ayan, a notorious boy. To curb him, his parents get him married to Utpal Dutt's daughter, Mohua. But he creates havoc in his in-laws’ house as well. The interplay between the two, their becoming friends, missing each other, understanding responsibilities towards each other all make for a charming love story.
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- Biswajit Chatterjee
- Ayan Bandyopadhyay (Ayan Banerjee)
- Mahua Roychoudhury
- Sandhya Roy
- Indranath Chattopadhyay
- Satyajit Bose
- Utpal Dutt
- Satya Bandyopadhyay
- Rabi Ghosh
- Chinmoy Roy
- Santosh Dutta
- Mrinal Mukherjee
- Padma Debi
- Nibhanani Debi
- Haridhan Mukhopadhyay
- Gita Nag
- Tapen Chatterjee
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