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Karma

(कर्म)
1933- Drama, Romance, White and Black
The story is about a princess (played by Devika Rani) who falls in love with a neighbouring prince much to the disapproval of the latter's father.
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Director: J.L. Freer Hunt


Movie Cast

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Devika Rani Devika Rani Maharani / The Princes
Himanshu Rai Himanshu Rai Prince
Abraham Sofaer Abraham Sofaer Holy Man
Sudharani Sudharani Princes companion
Ghanshyam Ghanshyam
Dewan Sharan Dewan Sharan Prince Father
Anil Chakrabarati Anil Chakrabarati The Beater
Ranabir Sen Ranabir Sen Beater father


Movie Details

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Movie NameKarma
Original Language Nameकर्म
Alternative NamesNagan Ki Ragini ,
English TranslationFate
Year1933
Release Date1933
Languages Hindi
StorylineThe story is about a princess (played by Devika Rani) who falls in love with a neighbouring prince much to the disapproval of the latter's father.
Story SummaryThe simple plot has the maharani (Devika Rani) fall in love with the neighbouring prince (Rai) despite her father's disapproval. It is presented as an Orientalist fantasy with a, by Indian standards, scandalously prolonged kiss. It was described as 'a sort of American romance done against an Indian background'.
Run Time68 Mins


Movie Crew

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Writer (story)Rupert Downing, Dewan Sharan
Music DirectorErnst Broadhurst
ProducerHimanshu Rai
Production CompanyIndo International Talkies
Writer (Lyrics)J.L. Freer Hunt
Writer (Dialogue)Rupert Downing
Film EditingChalus Sanderson
Production ManagerEric Donaldson
PhotographerDesmond c.dickinson
Music Composer Ernst Broadhurst


Songs

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Song: ► Play Now the moon her light has shed
Singer:Devika Rani
Music:Ernst Broadhurst, Roy Douglas
Lyrics:

Song: ► Play Sab kuchh bhoole
Singer:Devika Rani
Music:Ernst Broadhurst, Roy Douglas
Lyrics:

Song: ► Play Saiyaan more re tu le chal
Singer:Devika Rani
Music:Ernst Broadhurst, Roy Douglas
Lyrics:

Song: ► Play Mere haath mein tere haath rahe
Singer:Devika Rani
Music:Ernst Broadhurst, Roy Douglas
Lyrics:



Interesting Facts and Trivia

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  1. It was one of the earliest Indian films to feature a kissing scene. The kissing scene, involving Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani, lasted for about four minutes, and eighty years later, this stands as the record for duration of a kissing scene in Indian cinema as of 2014.
  2. Though largely ignored in India during its release, Karma is considered a landmark in Indian cinema due to its unprecedented kissing scene. In 2012, The Times of India described it as the "first Indian talkie with English dialogue which set all London talking"
  3. Karma is credited as having been the first English language talkie made by an Indian.
  4. Made simultaneously in both English and Hindi, Karma premiered in London in May 1933. Alongside a special screening for the Royal family at Windsor, the film was well received throughout Europe.[21] Devika Rani's performance was internationally acclaimed as she won "rave reviews" in the London media.
  5. The film was among the first in India to feature an on-screen kiss. The four-minute long scene between Devika Rani and Rai, her husband in real life, is also known to being the longest such scene in Indian cinema. Upon release, the film became controversial in the then "orthodox India" for featuring a kissing scene.
  6. The film initially premiered in London in May 1933. Devika Rani's performance was lauded by the critics in London.


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