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Hindi अछूत कन्या
Urdu اچھوت کنیا
Directed by Franz Osten
Produced by Himanshu Rai
Written by Niranjan Pal
Starring Ashok Kumar
Devika Rani
Music by Saraswati Devi
Cinematography Josef Wirsching
Release date
  • 1936
Running time
135 Minutes 59 Seconds [1]
Country British Raj
Language Hindi
Achhut Kannya
Achhut Kannya (English: Untouchable Maiden) is a 1936 Indian Hindi-language film. Among the early super-hits in the Bombay film industry, the film deals with the social position of Dalit girls and is considered a reformist period-piece.
The film was one of several successful Bombay Talkies collaborations between Franz Osten, Niranjan Pal, Himanshu Rai, and their leading lady, Devika Rani. Music is by Saraswati Devi and lyrics by J.S. Kashyap.
The movie stars Ashok Kumar (cast after the original hero had eloped with the producer's wife and leading lady) and Devika Rani (the producer's wife who decided to come back) in the lead roles.

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Devika Rani and Ashok Kumar in Achhoot Kanya
Pratap (Ashok Kumar) and Kasturi (Devika Rani) are childhood friends, deeply in love with each other. Unfortunately, Pratap is a Brahmin and Kasturi an untouchable (achhut). Social mores of the time (the movies is set in the distant past, probably before 1900) preclude any possibility of the two ever uniting.
Pratap gets married to Meera (Manorama), while Kasturi marries Manu (Anwar). Both of them are unable to forget their first love, but try hard to make their respective marriages work. Unfortunately, the situation gets compounded by the fact that Manu has a first wife, Kajri, with whom he is estranged due to excessive interference from his in-laws. The hitherto smug Kajri suddenly feels threatened by the arrival of a new woman in her husband's life.
Meera is resigned to destiny until Kajri poisons her mind. The two of them hatch a diabolical conspiracy to discredit Kasturi in the eyes of Manu. They take Kasturi along to a mela in the neighbouring village, and then abandon her there. All alone in the unknown place, Kasturi has no choice but to hitch a ride with Pratap, who has a food stall there. Meera and Kajari then tell Manu that Kasturi is with Pratap.
The enraged Manu attacks Pratap when they arrive at the railroad crossing where he is working as the attendant. There ensures a fistcuff between the two, even as a train rushes towards them. Desperate to save them, Kasturi rushes towards the train imploring the driver to stop and in the process gets herself killed. That act of selflessness makes her a martyr in the eyes of the villagers, despite her lowly origins.

Cast

  • Devika Rani ... Kasturi
  • Ashok Kumar ... Pratap
  • P.F. Pithawala ... Mohan
  • Kamta Prasad ... Dukhia
  • Kishori Lal ... Babulal Vaid
  • Kusum Kumari
  • Pramila
  • Anwari
  • Ishrat

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An "untouchable" girl and a Brahmin boy fall in love, but the strict caste system and the gossip of the villagers threaten to keep them apart.

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Cast

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Devika Rani ...
Ashok Kumar ...
Monorama ...
Meera
Pramila ...
Kajri
Kamta Prasad ...
Dukhia
Kusum Kumari ...
Kalyani
Anwari ...
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P.F. Pithawala ...
Mohan
Kishori Lal ...
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Ishrat ...
Sukhlal
N.M. Joshi ...
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Mumtaz Ali ...
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Sunita Devi ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Najam Naqvi ...
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A circular story, told in flashback, in which eternal repetition is only interrupted by death in the form of a relentlessly linear railway engine. 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 central story is of the unhappy love affair between Kasturi, the Harijan (Untouchable) daughter of the railway level-crossing guard Dukhia, and Pratap, the Brahmin son of the grocer Mohan. At first, rumor and mob violence are deployed to lethal effect in order to maintain a 'traditional', oppressive morality. Later, when the main protagonists are about to conform and marry selected partners, rumor and maliciousness again intervene to trigger renewed violence until the on-rushing train of fate stops the strife. Written by Sujit R. Varma
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One of Hindi Cinema's early blockbusters
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Kasturi (Devika Rani) and Pratap (Ashok Kumar) are childhood friends, despite the fact that they are from opposite ends of the social spectrum: She is an untouchable and Pratap is a brahman. Although the two are evidently in love, social conventions preclude any possibility of marriage. Both of them bow to social pressures and marry someone else. Not unexpectedly, the consequences are disastrous.

Achhut Kanya was one of the earliest blockbusters of Hindi cinema. Typically of Bombay Talkies movies of that era, the movie is a reformist piece, a social commentary on the evils of the caste system.

Viewed today, the acting would appear over the top and unnatural, but one has to remember that talkies were a pretty new phenomenon in 1936. As with early talkies anywhere in the world, the characters are too verbose and the dialogue delivery is unnatural.

On the flip side are the gorgeous visuals. Its one of the most magnificently shot movies I've ever seen- an extraordinary feat, given the primitive technology of the time. And there's Devika Rani, who's got to be one of the most beautiful faces to have graced Indian cinema.

Achhut Kanya was only the second movie for Ashok Kumar, whose inexperience shows. It was a surreal experience to see him in a cute and boyish avatar. He plays second fiddle to the far more assured Devika Rani, who was THE star of the era (she appears first even in the credits). I doubt if anyone watching this movie in 1936 would have ever imagined that this 'green', boyish looking hero would become one of the legends of Indian cinema.

The songs are so different from what we're used to today, that its impossible to comment on them- the songs are outstanding, but just not what we would imagine as filmy music in this day and age.

To sum it up: Achhut Kanya is best viewed as a piece of cinematic history- seen today, a lay viewer today will surely find it boring.


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