After rescuing prostitute Maina (Shanta Hublikar) during a raid of her bordello, police officer Ganpat (Shahu Modak) promptly falls for the pretty hooker. But despite his efforts to woo Maina, she can’t shake the feeling that her social class rules out a relationship with him. Sundarabai portrays Ganpat’s mother in this vintage Indian tearjerker directed by the legendary Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram.
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
A milestone in pre-independence era Indian talkie cinema. It captures a period of Indian society that has been rarely seen in the cinematic form. To top it all, this film is so ambitious in its plot, its mise-en-scenes, tracking shots, naturalistic acting and superb technical mastery that it is tough to believe Indian cinema took such a long time to make a mark in world cinema. If Phalke brought the silent cinema to the Indian public, Shantaram showed us what could be done with the talkies.Significantly, both were Marathi film makers.