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Chandidas

(चंडीदास)
1934- Biography, Drama, White and Black
The film is “Based on the life problems of the poet Chandidas –A problem India has not been able to solve”, which involved the caste schism in India. The story revolves around the 15th century poet-saint Chandidas who acts out against the deep-rooted bigotry against caste, untouchoubility and the hypocrisy of society, and a washer woman with whom he falls in love.
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Director: Nitin Bose
Keywords: devotee, Social, Devotional


Movie Cast

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K. L. Saigal K. L. Saigal Chandidas
Umasashi Umasashi Rami
Pahadi Sanyal Pahadi Sanyal Baiju
M. Ansari M. Ansari Acharya
Ansaribai Ansaribai
Nawab Nawab Gopinath
Parvati Parvati Kusum
Siddiqui Siddiqui Sarju
Ahi Sanyal Ahi Sanyal Shiromani


Movie Details

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Movie NameChandidas
Original Language Nameचंडीदास
Year1934
Release Date1934
Languages Hindi
StorylineThe film is “Based on the life problems of the poet Chandidas –A problem India has not been able to solve”, which involved the caste schism in India. The story revolves around the 15th century poet-saint Chandidas who acts out against the deep-rooted bigotry against caste, untouchoubility and the hypocrisy of society, and a washer woman with whom he falls in love.
Story SummaryChandidas (K. L. Saigal), a lover of truth and humanity is the disciple of Acharya (M. Ansari), a priest in the temple. Baiju (Pahari Sanyal), a washer-man lives with his wife and sister Rami (Uma Sashi) in the village where the Zamindar (landowner) Gopinath (Nawab) though outwardly religious and respecting the Brahmins is an evil man. Gopinath has a henchman Sarju (H. Siddiqui) who carries out his dirty work.

Rami sweeps the compound of the temple where Chandidas sees her while he carries on his duties in the temple. They fall in love which causes resentment in Gopichand who has been eyeing Rami, but when she spurns his advances he has her kidnapped. His wife comes to the rescue of Rami and helps her escape. The Zamindar goons go after her and assault her.

Gopichand convinces the priest that Chandidas should be punished and made to repent for associating with a lower caste woman. Chandidas agrees to this but then sees Rami’s injuries and realises the duplicity of the so-called pious men. He renounces his life in the village and leaves it accompanied by Baiju, his wife and Rami.
Run Time128 Mins


Movie Crew

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Music DirectorRaichand Boral
Production CompanyNew Theatres Ltd
CinematographyNitin Bose


Songs

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Song: ► Play Tadpat Beete Din Rain
Singer:K. L. Saigal
Music:Raichand Boral
Lyrics:Aga Hashr Kashmiri

Song: ► Play Prem Nagar Mein Banaooingi Ghar Main
Singer:Umasashi, K. L. Saigal
Music:Raichand Boral
Lyrics:Aga Hashr Kashmiri

Song: ► Play Prem Ki Ho Jai Jai
Singer:Umasashi, K. L. Saigal, Pahadi Sanyal
Music:Raichand Boral
Lyrics:Aga Hashr Kashmiri

Song: ► Play Prem Ka Pujaari
Singer:K. L. Saigal
Music:Raichand Boral
Lyrics:Aga Hashr Kashmiri

Song: ► Play Basant Ritu Aayi Aali
Singer:Umasashi
Music:Raichand Boral
Lyrics:Aga Hashr Kashmiri



Interesting Facts and Trivia

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  1. The use of a ‘full-fledged orchestra’ was attempted successfully for the first time for this film. The memorable song sung by K. L. Saigal and Uma Shashi, "Prem Nagar Mein Banaoongi Ghar Main" became extremely popular and "won K. L. Saigal nation-wide fame".
  2. It was remake of the 1932 Bengali film of the same name directed by Debaki Bose.
  3. The music was by R. C. Boral and lyrics by Agha Hashar Kahmiri with the songs sung by K. L. Saigal, Pahari Sanyal and Uma Shashi.


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