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Bimal Roy

His films reflect the fluidity of a river that flows to channelise frustration through stories that deal with displacement in different forms and how the characters in them cope with this displacement, immigration to a different place, be it circumstantial or self-willed or mandatory or a combination of any of these two or three.

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    TWO ACRES OF LAND

    Bimal Roy India, 1953

    A heart-wrenching survival story of a farming family, Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin poetically upholds the virtue of living by ethics despite morally challenging circumstances. Evocative performances by the legends Balraj Sahni and Nirupa Roy make the struggles of the protagonists extremely palpable.

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    DEVDAS

    Bimal Roy India, 1955

    One of the most adapted literary works in Indian cinema, Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Devdas finds a faithful version in this Bimal Roy film. Roy treats the tragic titular protagonist with deep empathy, making him human and thus offering an insight into his self-destructive love of pain.

    JOB

    Bimal Roy India, 1954

    A Bimal Roy gem from the 1950s with an enduring socially relevant theme, Naukri shines for its optimism in humanity that survives despite the grim circumstances. This film features a moving and understated performance by Kishore Kumar as a young man oscillating between hope and despair.

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