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Bandini [DVD] [1963]

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  • Actors: Ashok Kumar, Nutan, Dharmendra, Raja Paranjpe, Tarun Bose
  • Directors: Bimal Roy
  • Writers: Jarasandha, Nabendu Ghosh, Paul Mahendra
  • Producers: Bimal Roy
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Yash Raj
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00005LW48
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,370 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Prison doctor Devendra (Dharmendra) can't help but fall in love with the young prisoner named Kalyani (Nutan). She is kind, helpful, innocent-looking and somewhat mysterious, and even though it will bring with it the risk of social stigma, the doctor decides to ask her to marry him. But then a chain of events reveals the truth of Kalyani's past, in particular her relationship with a man who offered her nothing but unfulfilled promises.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karan Bali on 11 Oct 2002
Format: DVD
Bandini is arguably Bimal Roy's greatest and most complete film, Do Bigha Zameen nothwithstanding. The story is based on a book by Jarasandha, a former jail superintendent who wrote fictional versions of his experiences (Louha-Kapat (1953), Tamasha (1958), Nyaydanda (1961)). Set at a time when women had no choices, the film's protagonist Kalyani had the courage to not only make choices in her life but choices which at times might appear to be even wrong ones as she gives up everything for love. The title, Bandini, is explained in the climax of the film in the song Mere Saajan Hai Us Paar - Main Bandini Hoon Piya ki, Main Sangini Hoon Saajan ki...The character of Kalyani gets lifted from that of a woman who is a prisoner of destiny to one who defines her own freedom. It may be another form of servitude but it is one of her own making, not something imposed on her.
While the events of the story are highly melodramatic, Bimalda takes great care to handle them with sensitivity, simplicity and subtlety. He beautifully uses imagery and sound to convey the various moods of the female prisoner, Kalyani. Splendid use is made of the prison guard as he announces 'Sab Theek Hai (Everything is fine)' at times when nothing is actually going well. The first time he does so, a freedom fighter is caught and brought to the jail. The second time Deven goes out of Kalyani's life and the third time the freedom fighter is hung, all fine examples of making an ironic counterpoint in the film.
If one person is the life and soul of Bandini, it is Nutan. Bandini sees her give an extra-ordinary performance - certainly one of the greatest by an actress in Indian Cinema ranking right there with Nargis in Mother India (1957) and Meena Kumari in Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962).
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Three Stars 11 Nov 2014
By Murshed Alamahmed - Published on
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Poor digitization of an ancient movie. Good story and good songs.
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