Upahar (1955)

Posted: October 7, 2016 in Bangla 1950-60, Bengali films, Tapan Sinha, Uttam Kumar


Directed by Tapan Sinha, the film deals with the struggles and hardship of the poor in this ruthless world. It boasts of an impressive star cast that includes Uttam Kumar, Manju Dey, Nirmal Kumar, Sabitri Chatterjee, Kanu Bandopadhyay, Jahar Roy, Tulsi Chakraborty, Shyam Laha, Chabi Biswas and others.
A professor (Uttam Kumar) and his wife (Manju Dey) comes to live as tenants in the house of one Kanhali-babu (Kanu Bandopadhyay). They develop a soft corner for Krishna, the daughter of the landlord (Sabitri Chaterjee). Kanhali-babu eked out a livelihood from the rent that his house fetched. He was a strict father, and his daughter had no independence of her own.
Krishna used to pass on the nutritious portion of her diet surreptitiously to her father and subsisted on the remnants. The professor’s wife discovers it and replenishes her diet sparing something for her from their meal. Kanhali-babu’s nagging trait infuriates Bhola (Johar Roy), the Professor’s servant.
Krishna is in love with a certain gentleman (Nirmal Kumar) but her father has arranged her marriage to a retarded man in lieu of a paltry sum of money. After a lot of melodrama, Krishna unites with her paramour (Nirmal Kumar).
The film doesn’t rise to any great heights, but nonetheless remain watchable. Towards the end Krishna suddenly discovers that beneath the stern exterior, Kanhali-babu was a very caring father and had stashed away huge wealth in order to marry off his daughter in grand style. Why then did Kanhali-babu tried to marry off Krishna by accepting a paltry amount from the bridegroom’s family. Director sir, can you explain? ….

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