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    THE VAGABOND

    Raj Kapoor India, 1951

    Raj Kapoor’s watershed film belongs to the Golden Age of Hindi cinema, combining multiple genres and serving as a social critique of class in newly independent India. A milestone in introducing global audiences to Bollywood, the film also launched Kapoor’s illustrious Chaplinesque character.

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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.

    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.

    ANURADHA

    Hrishikesh Mukherjee India, 1960

    Delving into the delicate and complex relationship of love and individual identity, Anuradha poetically questions the role of men and women in keeping a marriage going. The beauty of this Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic is elevated by the restrained performances of Balraj Sahni and Leela Naidu.

    NAIVE

    Hrishikesh Mukherjee India, 1959

    Anari offers a sharp, sarcastic comment on the materialistic world through the story of an idealistic, naïve simpleton who is too honest for the big, bad world. With the music by Shankar Jaikishan and the lyrics by Shailendra, the songs of this film remain popular to date.

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