To begin with I would like to say a big Thank You to you my dear readers for the positive feedback to my previous post.
So without wasting any more time I will continue the Bandini story. Continuing from where I left off in my last post I will now move on to one of the most talked about sequences – the murder sequence. It has drama, excellent acting (Nutan) ,wonderful photography (Kamal Bose). Bimal Roy built up the scene gradually without resorting to any melodrama.
Soon after Kalyani (Nutan) takes up the job of a maid servant at a nursing home, she is taken to her living quarters.
One day, however, her friend informs her that her father is in the city- he came looking for her- and is now on his death bed in a hospital.
silently moves to the stove.
You then see her silently moving with a cup of tea in her hand.
there is a close up of the cup in her hand and the cup dissolves into the bottle of poison.Through this the director indicates that she has added poison to the tea without actually showing it.
Initially Bimal Roy had thought of adding another flashback, that was to be the jailer's (my father) story. He would tell how he started his ashram for destitute women.Bimal Roy, however, dropped the idea as there were already two flashbacks and he did not want to unnecessary increase the film's length.
Sadhana Khote who played Ashok Kumar's wife, had a voice that was a little similar to Meena Kumari’s voice. After Meena Kumari passed away I remember reading that she dubbed some portions of Meena Kumari’s films, I do not know whether it was a single film or more than one film.
Another bit of trivia, the photograph above is of 'Ashok Kumar House', now it has another name. He owned the entire building and lived here briefly in a penthouse. This is located in South Bombay or Mumbai in an area popularly known as Kalaghoda. It is called Kalaghoda because there was a black statue of King Edward VII astride a horse. The statue was removed in the early sixties as were all British era statues, however the area still goes by the name of Kalaghoda. Thanks to Pacifist’s post Singing Business on Harveypam’s Blog I came across this song aaj ki taaza khabar from Son of India where the statue features quite prominently along with little Sajid Khan (see below)
The parking lot at the left is the original site of the Kalaghoda statue
I will continue my posts on Bimal Roy after a short break for I will be away for a few days.