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Duniya Na Mane (दुनिया न मने) 1937

Duniya Na Mane_1937

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BannerPrabhat Film Company
Director V. Shantaram
WriterNarayan Hari Apte
ProducerPrabhat Film Company
Orginal musicKeshavrao Bhole
CinematographyV. Avadhoot
Film Editing
Art DirectorS. Fattelal / Syed Fa. / Sahebmama Fa.
Camera Operator
Assistant Cameramen
Playback SingersShanta Apte
CharacterActor / Actress
NirmalaShanta Apte
KakasahebKeshavrao Date
JugatRaja Nene
The AuntVimala Vasishta
SushilaShakuntala Paranjpye
Master Chhotu
Neera[M]/Nirmala[H] (Apte) is trapped into marrying the old widower Kakasaheb (Date). He is a progressive lawyer with a son and a daughter of Neeras age. She refuses to consummate the union, claiming repeatedly that while suffering can be borne, injustice cannot. After facing many hurdles including an aunt (Vasishta), her mother-in-law, and a lascivious stepson Pandit[M]/Jugal[H] (Nene), her husband has a change of heart and magnanimously commits suicide, enjoining Neera to marry someone more suitable. The change occurs mainly through his widowed daughter Chitra [M]/Sushila[H] (Paranjpye, a noted social worker off screen) who provides a forcefully feminist moment in a speech to the young bride. Apte sings the combative song In the worlds broad field of battle.....Be not like dumb, driven cattle written by Longfellow. The original novel was a landmark in Maharashtras social reform movement denouncing arranged and venal marriages that ignore womens rights. Shantarams version stresses melodramatic overtones while indugling in some bravura visual stylisations, e.g. in the editing (he edited his own films) of the brief marriage sequence or the shattered mirror scene returning multiple laughnign faces to the distraught old man gazing into the mirror, the leitmotif of the ticking clock, etc., many of these stylised images referring obliquely to the old mans sexual impotence. Aptes performance in her first leading role displays a modern freshness ahead of its time which established her as Indias foremost singing star of the 30s. The veterans Fattelal and Damle did the art direction and the sound respectively. The Hindi title translates literally as The world will not accept... while the Marathi title refers to the vermilion mark adoring the forehead of a married woman.
Release date1937
Awards: Unknown.
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Voice: Shanta Apte | Lyrics: Munshi Aziz | Music: Keshavrao Bhole

1. Avo Malan Bankar | अवो मालन बनकर     

2. Bharat Shobha Men Hai | भारत शोभा में है     

3. Ek Tha Raja | एक था रजा     

4. In The Worlds | इन थे वोर्ल्ड्स     

5. Jai Ambe Gauri | जय आंबे गौरी     

6. Kyon Dukh Men Samay | क्यों दुःख में समय     

7. Man Saf Tera Hai | मन साफ तेरा है     

8. Sawan Jhula Jhul ke | सावन झुला झूल के     

9. Sawan Song | सावन सोंग     

10. Sej Sukh Ki Hai | सेज सुख की है     

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