Achhut Kanya (Hindi: अछूत कन्या) is a 1936 Hindi film by Bombay Talkies. The film was one of several successful Bombay Talkies collaborations between Franz Osten, who was a German filmmaker, Niranjan Pal, Himanshu Rai, and their leading lady, Devika Rani. Ashok Kumar played the male lead. Music was by Saraswati Devi. Among the early super-hits in the Hindi film industry, the film dealt with the social position of low caste girls and the problems they faced.
The film opens at a railway crossing where a man is about to kill his wife when the narrative spins into the past via a song. The story is of the unhappy love affair between Kasturi (Devika Rani), the Harijan (untouchable) daughter of a railway crossing guard, and Pratap (Ashok Kumar), the Brahmin son of a grocer. At first, rumour and mob violence are deployed to lethal effect in order to maintain a traditional and oppressive morality. Later, when the main protagonists are about to marry, rumours and malicious methods are employed to trigger renewed violence until the on-rushing train of fate stops the strife.
Ashok Kumar & Devika Rani – Khet Ki Muli :
Ashok Kumar & Devika Rani – Main Ban Ki Chidiya Banke :
Ashok Kumar – Kise Karta Moorakh Pyar Pyar :
Ashok Kumar – Peer Peer Kya Kahe Pyare :
Devika Rani – Udi Hawa Mein Jati Hai :
Mumtaz Ali & Sunita Devi – Chooriyan Laya Anmol :
Saraswati Devi – Kit Gaye Ho Khewanhar :
Kusum Kumari – Nadiya Dheere Baho, Hum Utrat Paar :
P.S: Some visitors on this blog, particularly Mr Surjit Kohli and Mr Sanjay Jain have been large hearted and magnanimous enough in correcting me whenever I commit errors in naming the songs or the singers. Their support is a big help in carrying this blog deeper into the mist of Hindi film music of the old era. Thank you all.
What amazes me is that so many people are completely unaware of a man who was central to the birth of early Indian cinema.
The South Asian Film Foundation is commencing a project on the life of Niranjan Pal after receiving a grant. I am happy to put you in touch with the head of the project if you wanted to become involved in anyway.
My parents used to sing the songs of this film. This film was far ahead of its time. After hard work I could fetch VCD of this film but the second part was stuck and hence I am deprived of the end of the film. This film remains as my one of the most favourable films.