In order to line his own pockets, Neera’s (Shanta Apte) greedy uncle arranges her marriage to a respected attorney who’s older than her father. Neera voices her objections, but vows not to disrespect her husband in the process. Director Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram’s 1937 drama illustrates a dilemma common to Indian women of the era. Keshavrao Date, Vimala Vasishta, Master Chhotu, Gauri and Shakuntala Paranjpye also star.
V. Shantaram (18 November 1901 – 30 October 1990) is a renowned Indian filmmaker, film producer and actor. He is most known for his films like Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946), Amar Bhoopali (1951), Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje (1955), Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957), Navrang (1959), Duniya Na Mane (1937), Pinjra (1972), Chani, Iye Marathiche Nagari and Zunj.
He directed his first film, “Netaji Palkar” in 1927. In 1929, he founded the Prabhat Film Company along with V.G. Damle, K.R. Dhaiber, S. Fatelal and S.B. Kulkarni, which made Ayodhyecha Raja, the first Marathi language film in 1932 under his direction. He left Prabhat in 1942 to form “Rajkamal Kala Mandir” in Mumbai. In time, ‘Rajkamal’ became one of most sophisticated studios of the country. He was praised by Charlie Chaplin for his Marathi film Manoos. Chaplin reportedly liked the film very much.
Shantaram was born Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre on 18 November 1901 in the erstwhile princely state of Kolhapur (in present… read more