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Neecha Nagar


by Chetan Anand


Sunday, 10/06, 10:30

India, 1946
122 min, Hindi-Urdu with English subtitles, B&W
Please beware of the image quality loss due to an old digitalisation and screening from a DVD.

Released in 1946 Neecha Nagar (Lowly City) by Chetan Anand pioneered in many aspects. Introducing social realism to Indian cinema it soon became a classic reference for many further films in the so called parallel cinema movement. Its timeless story, written by Hayatullah Ansari, based on Maxim Gorky’s The Lower Depths, focusses on the gap between rich and poor.

Beyond the Indian audiences Neecha Nagar gained recognition as the first and still only Indian film ever to be awarded The Grand Prix du Festival International du Film at the first Cannes Film Festival in 1946.

Director | Chetan Anand
Producer | Rashid Anwar, A. Halim
Production Company | India Pictures

Balraj | Rafiq Ahmed
Maya | Uma Anand
Rupa | Kamini Kaushal
Sarkar | Rafi Peer
Yaqoob Chacha | Hamid Butt
Bhabi | Zohra Sehgal
Bhai | B.M. Vyas

Story | Hayatullah Ansari
Screenplay | Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
Music | Ravi Shankar
Cinematography | Bidyapati Ghosh